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The Worst Times to Go Skiing or Snowboarding in Colorado

Avoid Expensive Lift Tickets, Pricey Lodging, Crowds, and Traffic

by G. Kunkel

(This article was originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 1/18/2011)

Colorado ski vacations can offer great skiing and snowboarding at many fine ski resorts throughout the state. For the best vacation experience, timing is everything. Those planning a ski vacation in Colorado should be aware that some peak travel periods have large crowds, long lift lines, and higher pricing on lodging, lift tickets, and airfare. By avoiding these peak periods, ski vacationers can experience Colorado skiing at its finest.

During school vacation periods

Colorado ski resorts within a 100-mile radius of Denver are packed when local schools are on vacation breaks. Skiers and snowboarders can also expect long lift lines and peak pricing for lodging and lift tickets. Crowds can be avoided by visiting smaller ski areas such as Loveland Ski Area or traveling to ski resorts farther away from Denver like Wolf Creek, Aspen, Crested Butte, or Telluride.

USA holidays

Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King Junior Day weekend, President’s Day weekend and Spring Break (March), are peak ski vacation periods at Colorado ski resorts. Expect premium pricing on lodging and lift tickets. Well-known ski resorts within a 100-mile radius of Denver will be packed with people during these holidays. Smaller Colorado ski areas will have less traffic yet still provide a quality ski vacation experience. Consider these value ski resorts if you need to tighten the budget.

Weekends

Traffic on Interstate 70 on Saturdays and Sundays is notoriously bad in the mornings and evenings to and from Denver, Colorado. Summit County ski vacationers have missed flights at Denver International Airport because they did not leave the ski resort by 1 pm. Front Range Colorado residents love to ski and most go on the weekends. Martin Luther King Junior weekend and President’s Day weekend are the two busiest weekends at Front Range ski resorts.
Typically, ski resorts within a two-hour drive of Denver become very crowded on weekends but are practically deserted on weekdays. Many ski resorts offer discount lift ticket deals, discount days, or coupons valid only on weekdays. Take advantage of weekday deals and untracked powder.

Spring break

Spring break lasts the entire month of March at Colorado ski resorts. Resorts within a two-hour drive of Denver typically are packed with college students and families with children on school break. While many resorts do offer lodging and lift ticket deals, expect packed ski school lessons, crowded slopes, and more out-of-control skiers. Those desiring a less crowded experience to enjoy the snowiest month of the year should travel to one of the Aspen resorts, Telluride, Crested Butte, Wolf Creek, or Durango Mountain Resort.

Peak ski season

February is the height of ski season. Ski vacationers will find fewer deals on lodging, airfare, and lift tickets especially at large well-known Colorado ski resorts. Expect crowds on President’s Day Weekend. April is the best time for fantastic snow conditions, uncrowded ski slopes and ski package deals.

It is possible to find uncrowded ski resorts in Colorado that offer ideal ski and snowboard conditions. By planning around peak travel times, one can practically have the ski slopes to their selves.

More money-saving ideas:

Free Colorado Gas Station Ski Coupons Available

Discount Ski Lift Ticket Coupons for Winter Park Resort in Colorado

How to Save Money at Winter Park Resort During the Ski Season

Sources:

Personal knowledge and experience

http://www.coloradoski.com/Passes/PassportProgram/

http://daysailer1.com/

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Winter Park Resort 50% off Tubing Hill Voucher 2013/2014 Season

Who needs a coupon for 50% off the Coca-Cola Tubing Hill at Winter Park Resort?   I got a few of these as a perk and don’t really need them.

If one is not a winter season passholder, the hourly rate is $20 – $22 an hour.  Winter Park Resort winter season passholders get an hourly rate of $10/hour.

To get one of my vouchers, I’d like to get a favor in return.   Buy an item on my eBid.net auction website or let me send you an invitation to join eBid.net.  It costs nothing to join.  Upon registration at eBid, I’ll mail you the 50% off coupon for the tubing hill.  I’ll even pay for the stamp.  Purchase an item and I’ll send the coupon with your purchase.

Nothing more complicated than that.  I won’t spam you, pester you, and neither will eBid.

eBid.net is a great alternative to eBay.  The fees for small sellers have become prohibitive on the Bay and I’m trying to let people know about it.

The two websites are different but eBid is definitely a friendlier and more customer service oriented bunch.  If you do try it out, one will have to learn the differences before trying to sell there.  Registering to buy is not an issue unless one is up to no good.  Scammers are quickly banished from the site.  No need to worry about 21 day PayPal holds for sellers on eBid either.

To be successful selling on eBid one needs to learn: SEO, the use of keywords, writing for the internet, and writing good item descriptions.  Those who fail to sell refuse to follow or learn any of these techniques.  eBay relies on sheer traffic numbers, eBid.net relies upon organic Google searches.

If one wishes to sell on eBid.net, upgrading from a buyer to a basic seller is free.  Selling can be inexpenise if one chooses not to have a thumbnail picture show up in website search results.  For a mere 3% final value fee, one can sell to the world.  There are no store fees or recurring listing fees.

Anyway, the offer of the 50% off coupon for the WP tubing hill stands.  You’ll save $10 – $12 with little effort on your part.  And that tubing hill is alot of fun.  The attendants will even spin you around at the top so you’ll go spinning down the tube hill.

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Still some time to get a discounted ski pass in Colorado for the 2013-14 season

There’s still time to buy a discount ski pass for Colorado resorts for at least the next day or so.  Forget looking for a promotional code.  There are none available.

Colorado residents don’t rely on grocery store lift tickets, they buy a season pass.  Still time to snowboard like a local.

Epic passes are on sale till Dec 6, 2013.  After that you’ll be paying tourist prices for multi-day or single day lift tickets.  Buy at snow.com.

The Rocky Mountain Super passes are on sale till Dec 15, 2013.   They can still be purchased online at skicolorado.com.  Winter Park is also offering a two day pass for $97 for a limited time.  Blackout days apply.  Buy here.

Smaller non-destination resorts still have their passes available too.  Check their website for purchase.  Expect sales to stop within the next week or two.

The Mountain Collective pass is still available too.  Get two days on-slope at eight world class ski resorts you’ve read about in Ski and Skiing.  50% off additional days   Expect sales to stop any day now.  Buy at http://mountaincollective.com/

Still time to get free or discount lift tickets for the kiddo’s too.  The 5th and 6th Grade Passports are still on sale.  Vail Resorts School of Shred pass sales stopped November 24, 2013.

The snow has been falling pretty hard across the high country in Colorado.  Conditions are most excellent for skiing, snowboarding, and skibiking.  And skibiking is now permitted at Crested Butte this season too!

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