Don’t let the 80 degree temperatures fool you. It’s time to start thinking about season pass options for winter 2017-2018. And oh, what options there are. I’ve outlined Park City season passes and also a few picks outside the Park City area. Here’s your guide to buying the best season pass for you.
Deer Valley Season Passes
This skiing-only resort may have just changed hands, but I don’t expect much else to vary at my personal pick for skiing in the Park City area. Here’s the lowdown on the best groomers and power stashes around.
Opening Day: 12/2
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 10/31
Full Season Pass Price: $2,295 going up to $2,685 on 11/1
Benefits: 2 tickets to Alta, Snowbird, or Solitude; 2 tickets to Brighton; 3 tickets to Steamboat in CO; buddy passes; discounts at select Deer Valley restaurants, no black out dates, and summer biking/hiking rides.
Discounted Rates: Available for couples, young adults, teens, children, seniors, and military
Locals Coupon Books: Go to DeerLocals.com for info on 10-packs that can be shared and roll over to the following season.
Another Pass Option: Midweek Season Pass (excludes weekends/holidays): $1,200-$1,300
Park City Season Passes
Park City is all about options, and that goes for both the staggering number of ski runs and the abundance of pass options available. Here’s a look at a few of the different Park City season passes available this year.
Opening Day: November 22
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 10/8
Epic Pass: $859 with no restrictions and unlimited access to Park City, Vail, Breckenridge, Whistler, and a ton of other Vail-owned resorts, plus 30 resorts across Europe
Epic Local Pass: $639 with restricted use during major holidays (discounted tickets available during these blackout dates) and access to Vail-owned resorts with some restrictions
Park City Youth Pass: $339-$419 for unlimited access to Park City—no restrictions but also no access to other Vail-owned resorts
Discounted Rates: Available for teens, children, and higher ed students
Other Pass Options: The Epic 7-Day, 4-Day and and Park City 4-Pack offer Park City season pass options for those who only plan to ski a handful of days this season
Snowbird Season Passes
For lovers of extreme terrain, Snowbird is more than worth the trip up Little Cottonwood Canyon. It also stays open later than many area resorts and has an uber cool tram.
Opening Day: November 22
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 9/10 (get on it!)
Summit Pass: This is the main full season pass option for Snowbird and Snowbird only. It starts at $999 and has no restrictions
Benefits: Unlimited discounted lift tickets, lodging discounts, savings book to local retail/restaurants, and summer biking/tram rides
Discounted Rates: Available for seniors, young adults, teens, and kids
Other Pass Options: A combo Alta-Bird pass, a Chairs Only pass with fewer benefits, and a 10-pack that can be shared
Alta Season Passes
For skiers with chips on their shoulders about snowboarders, Alta is the other resort besides Deer Valley Resort in Utah that has dubbed itself a “skier’s mountain.” That’s right, no “slow-sliding equipment” besides skis. Alta also has great backcountry access.
Opening Date: November 22
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 9/13
Unlimited Adult Season Pass: $999 (going up to $1,199) with no restrictions
Discounted Rates: Available for young adults, seniors, military, and medical residents
Other Pass Options: A Mid-Week Pass, family packages, and Alta-Bird combo passes
Sundance Resort Season Passes
For a more mellow, off-the-beaten path experience, make Sundance your destination this winter. This is great for those looking to take a few staycations this summer and eat at the fabulous restaurants Sundance has to offer.
Opening Date: December 1
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 10/31
Adult Unlimited Pass: $585 going up to $715
Benefits: Complimentary passes to Silverton Mountain in CO, 3 day passes to Brian Head Resort, discounted tickets, discounts on gear rentals, free access to nordic trails, summer lift pass
Discounted Rates: Available for youth, college students, and seniors
Other Pass Options: A Midweek Pass, VIP pass (hello, line cutting and discounts), a Corporate Pass, and Night Skiing Only Pass
Mountain Collective Pass
For the wanderlust-afflicted, the Mountain Collective pass offers the opportunity to explore resorts across the country and even in Canada. The pass includes two days at 16 different resorts, including three in Utah (Alta, Snowbird, and Snowbasin). Some of the other highlights include Banff, Jackson Hole, and Telluride.
Opening Date: Varies
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: No hard deadline—just while supplies last (they say they’re getting into limited inventory territory)
Mountain Collective Pass: $469
Benefits: Discounted lift tickets at participating resorts and lodging discounts
Discounted Rates: Available for kids 12 and under (only $99!)
Option Pass Options: None
Other Utah Season Pass Options
Curious about more season pass options? There are many more places to ski our state’s signature Greatest Snow on Earth. Below I’ve included links to season pass info for all the other ski resorts in Utah—and there are oh, so many …
- Brighton Season Passes (up Big Cottonwood Canyon)
- Solitude Season Passes (up Big Cottonwood Canyon)
- Beaver Mountain Season Passes (by Bear Lake near ID border)
- Powder Mountain Season Passes (northeast of Ogden)
- Snowbasin Season Passes (east of Ogden)
- Cherry Peak Season Passes (in Richmond near ID border)
- Nordic Valley Resort Season Passes (in Eden, UT)
- Brian Head Resort Season Passes (southeastern UT near Cedar City)
- Eagle Point Resort Season Passes (southeastern UT near Beaver)
Wherever you decide to ski or board this winter, enjoy your season and let me know if you’re tempted to look at some mountain properties that will feed your need for world-class powder in the Wasatch.