Andrew Petersen waits for friends at the top of the Christie Peak Express lift earlier this season as the lights of Steamboat Springs create a colorful background. Steamboat Ski Area announced 2014-15 ski pass prices Tuesday and again will be offering night skiing as an add on.

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Andrew Petersen waits for friends at the top of the Christie Peak Express lift earlier this season as the lights of Steamboat Springs create a colorful background. Steamboat Ski Area announced 2014-15 ski pass prices Tuesday and again will be offering night skiing as an add on.

Steamboat Ski Area announces 2014-15 pass prices, additional night skiing

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— Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. on Tuesday announced pass prices for the 2014-15 season, which will include expanded night skiing from three to five nights each week.

Season pass holders also will be given $250 in "Intrawest Snow Bucks" that can be used on lift tickets and lodging at other resorts owned or managed by the company.

Passes will go on sale beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Next year's unrestricted season pass will cost $999 when purchased by June 2. That represents a $20 increase from what the current season's early-bird price was.

Pass prices can be guaranteed with a $99 deposit and full payment by Sept. 15.

Parents who purchase a season pass again will be eligible to receive a free pass for a child younger than 13.

Season pass holders will receive various other discounts at the ski area and be able to purchase as many as eight lift tickets for friends and family members for $59 for the early/late season and $79 during the regular season.

Coming off its inaugural year, night skiing will be available next season Thursdays through Mondays. Season pass holders can add unlimited night skiing for $59, a $20 increase from this season.

“We had a really good response — from the destination guests as well as our locals — with the night skiing,” said Rob Perlman, Ski Corp.’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “It produced some really good energy at the base area at night.”

Night skiing is offered on 1,100 vertical feet of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails as well as a terrain park. Perlman said there were no immediate plans to add more lights, but there is potential to expand night skiing to the north to include more beginner terrain.

In Colorado, season pass holders can use their $250 credit at Winter Park. Outside Colorado, the credit can be used at Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont; Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada; Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia; Canadian Mountain Holidays, which offers heli-skiing in British Columbia; various Club Intrawest resort properties in North America; and Honua Kai Resorts and Spa in Maui, Hawaii.

“We wanted to continue to add value to our pass products,” Perlman said. “The idea is to add value and also allow our pass holders to experience other Intrawest resorts.”

The $250 credit cannot be used in Steamboat, ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.

Season pass holders for $100 again will be able to add unlimited skiing at Winter Park. The Winter Park add-on for the 2013-14 season was $50.

Also, Ski Corp. will offer the option of adding First Tracks onto a season pass, which allows skiers to board the gondola as early as 30 minutes before the normal opening time. The cost of the First Tracks pass is increasing to $319 from $269.

When asked about the 19 percent price increase, Perlman said the supply of First Tracks season pass add-ons is limited. He said typically they offer about 200. That allows the ski area to accommodate those who want to buy single-day First Tracks tickets.

The Pure Pass option of six-day Steamboat passes will cost $489, and 15-day passes will be $779. If purchased by April 14, the six-day pass will cost $439.

Days can be added to the multiday passes for $45 for the Steamboat 15-day pass and $55 for the Steamboat 60-day pass.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

2014-15 Steamboat Ski Area season pass prices

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