Early bird season pass prices good until April 4

Summer prices $100 more

It’s hard to believe the 2009-2010 ski season at Crested Butte Mountain is close to complete, and season passes for next year are already on sale. Believe it—you only have until April 4 to lock in early-season prices.



For example, if you purchase a 2010-2011 Adult Gold Pass before April 4, it costs $849, which is the same as last season’s price. The next window to purchase passes begins June 1 and runs to September 24. The price climbs to $949 for a Gold Pass during that stretch, compared to $899 for the same period and pass last year, for an increase of $50. A Gold Pass purchased after September 24 costs $1,274, which is equal to last year’s rate.
“Our objective is to hold prices and build value into all of our products,” said Daren Cole, Crested Butte Mountain Resorts Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “What we’re trying to do is add more value to the passes, by adding the Buddy Passes, right up front. And we’re building in programs where we’ll have standing specials throughout the year.” According to Cole, pass holders will have access to a variety of resort-wide promotions and special offers from culinary, retail, rental, ski school, and lodging. “We are also looking at special offers from strategic partners such as Subaru and Specialized,” he added.
Last season the resort offered financing for passes, but they discontinued the program for 2010-2011 due to a lack of interest. “We had a financing program last year, and only a handful of people used it,” Cole explained. “We didn’t feel that it was worthwhile for this year.”
Pass sales appear to be on track with last year. “In looking at the first couple days of sales we are about on par with last year’s pace,” Cole confirmed.
Platinum Passes are also available for those who want unlimited skiing and lift-served mountain bike riding with no blackout dates, and are valid for both the 2010-2011 winter season and the 2011 summer season. Before April 4, an Adult Platinum Pass will cost you $899; it’s $999 if purchased between June 1 and September 24, and $1,349 starting September 25 on through the end of ski season.
This year you get two half-price Buddy Tickets with the purchase of a Gold Pass, and four if you purchase the Platinum Pass. If you have a family to get up on the hill, the Family Value Program enables you to get one free child or young adult pass with every adult full season pass purchased. The package includes one Adult Platinum or Gold pass and one pass of the same type for that adult’s legal dependent child, age 17 and under.
Prices and details for the other pass programs, including the Mountain Cards and the College Pass, will be available early summer.

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