Spring & Season Pass Specials

This time of year, you can usually get some deals.

Spring Passes although rare, do exist. Season passes for next year are on sale and most of them will get you lift rides the rest of this season as a bonus. Here are a few that hit my radar.

S.G. Tip – If you have a favorite resort keep you eye on their website, heck give the customer service a call and ask them what’s up.

S.G. Note – If you do call, first ask if it is snowing. That is a S.G. rule of thumb. Whenever I call a ski area or anything around the mountains, I always ask if it is snowing.

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I also have included some other Spring Deals in this entry that are more suited for the weekend warriors of the Hub.
There are a few for short $$$ and we have A LOT of ski season left.
At least 5 more weekends….
Here it goes…
This is a BIG one on the new landscape of New England ski areas that will impact a lot of you skiers. Loon, NH – Sunday River, ME & Sugarloaf, ME announced the NEW ENGLAND PASS

Loon Mountain, Sunday River and Sugarloaf Announce 2008-2009 New England Pass
Spring sale offers bonus savings to current season pass holders and free spring skiing to new season pass purchasers starting March 23

NEWRY, MAINE (March 3, 2008) – Three of New England’s premier ski destinations, Loon® Mountain, Sunday River and Sugarloaf, will be available on one season pass for the 2008-2009 winter season. The New England Pass goes on sale March 7 and offers a $50 bonus savings to current Threedom® and Maine Pass holders and free spring skiing to new season pass purchasers starting on March 23.
New England Pass prices start at $349 during the spring sale and offer access to New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain and Maine’s Sunday River and Sugarloaf: a total of 305 trails; 1,644 acres; 13 terrain parks; and 5 super/halfpipes; all served by 45 lifts. Current pass holders at Loon Mountain, Sunday River and Sugarloaf who upgrade or maintain an unrestricted pass (Gold or Anytime) or certain restricted passes (Silver or Limited Edition) will save an additional $50 when they purchase their 2008-09 New England Pass during the spring sale, which will be underway through April 30.
All three resorts are in the midst of large-scale upgrades including Loon Mountain’s South Peak expansion, and both Sunday River and Sugarloaf experiencing the largest capital spending in a decade. Preliminary planning suggests all three resorts are in line for expanded capital investment in the coming months and years to include lifts, trails, amenities, snowmaking and grooming.
Three levels of New England Passes will be available through April 30 during the spring sale period. The Bronze Pass, listed at $349 is an all-ages pass offering midweek, non-holiday access to all three resorts. The Silver Pass, listed at $599, offers access every day of the season excluding 12 black-out dates. The Gold Pass, listed at $899, offers unrestricted access. There are teen and junior versions of the Gold and Silver Pass, plus a Gold Pass for seniors available during the spring sale. A complete list of New England Pass product information will be available at www.newenglandpass.com.
Current pass holders at Loon Mountain, Sunday River and Sugarloaf who maintain or upgrade their pass status with the purchase of a Gold or Silver Pass during the spring sale will receive an additional $50 savings. All new pass holders will receive free skiing this season starting on March 23.
New pass purchasers have deep snow and a full line up of events to look forward to this spring. All three resorts are experiencing banner snow years with nearly 200 inches to date. Resort events slated after March 23 include the Parrothead Festival at Sunday River, Reggae Weekend at Sugarloaf and the Slush Pool Party Weekend at Loon.
College New England Passes valid at all three resorts will be announced at a later date.

Shawnee Peak, ME checks in with a good deal for bargain seekers who are content with a quieter New England destination. There is also a family package that is worth a look if applicable to you.

2008-09 Early Bird Season Passes
Save up to $140 when you purchase your 2008-09 Season passes before April 4, 2008. PLUS! New Season passholders can ski the rest of the 2007-08 after you purchase your 2008-09 pass!
Season passes are your ticket to ski and ride at Shawnee Peak! Choose from full, unrestricted passes with pricing for all age groups. Or try our specially-priced passes: Sunday, Night, Midweek & Trifecta.

Attitash, NH is getting out there for the early birds with some season pass speacials of their own. I know this a popular choice form the Hub. I like it myself…pretty good deals, on par with what ASC used to sell.

ATTITASH AND PEAK RESORTS LAUNCH 08/09 WINTER SKI SEASON PASSES
Purchase through May 31 for the most savings
BARTLETT, NH (March 8, 2008) – Attitash and Peak Resorts announced the sale of the 08/09 winter ski season pass products starting at $349. There are multiple pricing options as well as combination offers capitalizing on other Peak Resorts. For all pricing, passholder benefits and the option to purchase visit www.attitash.com or call (800) 272-5228. Pass offers are as listed starting with the early season purchase rate when purchased through May 31, 2008.
Nor’easter Pass: $849 for Adult, $749 Young Adult, $649 Junior, $549 Senior. Valid everyday at Attitash and Crotched, NH; Mount Snow, VT; and Big Boulder and Jack Frost, PA. Benefits include: 20% off retail.
Granite Pass: $579 for Adult, $529 Young Adult, $529 Junior, $529 Senior. Valid everyday (no blackouts) at Attitash and Crotched Mountain in NH. Benefits include: 15% off retail.
Classic Pass: $479 for Adult, $429 Young Adult, $429 Junior, $429 Senior. Valid 7 days a week except for 11 blackout days including, December 26-31, 2007; January 17-18, 2009; February 14-16, 2008. Benefits include: 10% off retail.
Midweek Pass: $349 – Attitash only pass for all ages. Valid Monday thru Friday except during blackout days.
Child: $50 – Attitash only pass. Valid everyday.
New 08/09 Passholders can use their pass for the remainder of the 07/08 season. Those who purchase a Nor’Easter, Granite or Classic pass for 08/09 will also receive a free lift ticket to share that is good for the rest of the 07/08 season.
All current Attitash 07/08 passholders and new Attitash 08/09 passholders are invited to a Passholder Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Passholders can bring a friend to ski free on that day and also enjoy special discounts in Ptarmigan’s Pub.

Stratton, VT is offering early pass savings for the 08/09 season up to $180.00. Plus they will toss in a years subscription of SKI Magazine if you act now! Whoa….
This link has the information LINK
Stratton also has a host of package options which include lodging and lift tickets for individuals or families.
See this LINK for all the options.
Ski Deal Alert: Looking for making a visit this season to Loon or Cannon in New Hampshire?
The Inn Seasons Resorts properties have some midweek options that will treat your wallet the right way.
Make this happen on a powder day and finish you season off in style…think about it.
2 Nights Hotel Accommodations, 2 Loon Lift Tickets = $143 midweek for two people (yes, that is $71.50 per person!)
Pat’s Peak has released their 08/09 season pass info, get it done before April 1st for the best rates!

PATS PEAK SEASON PASSES FOR THE
2008/2009 SEASON ON SALE NOW
Purchase NOW for the 2008-2009 season and Save $!
Henniker, NH, March 1, 2008 — Pats Peak, New Hampshire’s premier snowsports destination, announces that its 2008/2009 Pats Peak Season Passes are now on sale. Purchase between March 1 and April 1, 2008 for the 2008/2009 season at these great low rates!
As an added bonus for new Season Pass Holders, they can purchase their 2008/2009 pass now and ski/ride through the Month of March 2008 FREE plus ALL of the 2008/2009 season! With over 10 feet of natural snowfall so far this season, this is March skiing/riding at its best.
Pats Peak Season Pass rates remain affordable in order to allow individuals and families to spend more time on the slopes without financial burdens. The average adult who purchases a weekend lift ticket six times, would be paying an equivalent amount to a season pass.
Purchase your 2008-2009 PATS PEAK Season Passes March 1st through April 1st at these great rates!
Current Season Pass Holders: Purchase your 2008-2009 pass in March and lock in these great rates to ski/ride ALL of the 08-09 season.
New Season Pass Holders: Purchase your 2008-2009 pass in March and ski/ride during the month of March 08 FREE plus ALL of the 08-09 season.
As an added convenience, Season Pass Holders can add money to their Season Pass Cards to use as a debit card anywhere on the mountain.
Season Passes: Adult (18-64) & Junior(6-17) / Senior(65) & Child (5 & under)
Powder Pass Club Season Pass – $359 / $259
Unlimited Season Pass – $309 / $209 ($25 Processing Fee)
Midweek Season Pass – $169 / $169 ($25 Processing Fee)
College Season Pass – $179
Transferable Season Pass – $579
Choice Weekday Season Pass – $149 / $149
Rates WILL Increase After April 1, 2008!
Purchase your Season Pass at Skier Services or online!

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Thinking of a change, you should move to Lake Tahoe.
From Squaw Valley, CA – Great deal if you live out there or know someone who does. It is not even a bad move to take one down if you are going out there for some spring skiing. Worthwhile if you catch a storm and ski 4+ days…

SQUAW SPRING PASS: $179
Valid 7 Days a Week from March 30 through the End of the Season
Price is valid towards the purchase of any full adult, youth or senior pass for 2008/2009
March 7, 2008 – Squaw Valley USA is enjoying an undeniably epic season (pre-March snowfall total is 394 inches) and it’s far from over! Spring at Squaw renders bluebird powder days, meticulous grooming, the Mainline Super Park and the Swimming Lagoon & Spa at High Camp, el 8200’. With Squaw’s Spring Pass, skiers and riders can take on North America’s Spring Skiing Capital for only $179; Spring Pass purchases count towards the purchase of any full adult, youth or senior 2008/2009 season pass. The Spring Pass is valid 7 days a week starting March 30, and is on sale now at Squaw Valley’s Special Tickets office.
Spring Passholders get far more than their $179 worth as Squaw Valley USA offers Tahoe’s longest winter season, the most expansive, diverse and highest quality spring terrain, and FREE use of the Swimming Lagoon and Spa* at High Camp, el 8200′. Squaw is scheduled to remain open into May, conditions permitting.
Spring Passes are on sale now at Squaw Valley’s Special Tickets office. Passes may be purchased any time between now and the end of the season. If purchased prior to March 30, purchaser will have their photo taken and pass produced for Will Call on March 30. For more information on the $179 Spring Pass call Special Tickets at 530-452-7123.

Lastly, from Squaw’s not so little neighbor Alpine Meadows, CA (a S.G. favorite).

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will offer an unlimited spring pass for just $139. On sale now and valid every day from March 30 until season’s end. The Alpine Meadows Spring Pass gives skiers and riders full access to the best spring snow in Tahoe for less than the price of three lift tickets. Purchase at the Alpine Meadows Special Tickets window or at SkiAlpine.com. Apply your $139 purchase price toward your 2008/2009 Alpine adult full season pass.
Play Hookie – If you are looking to ski Alpine’s amazing spring conditions, but can’t miss work, Alpine now offers Free WiFi!
Music in the Meadows Concert Series & Events
Live music every Saturday on the sundeck, and unique spring Events – including the Annual Snow Golf Tournament and Mad Cow Downhill – are perfect compliments to Alpine’s beautiful spring terrain.
3/15 Michael Kang & Chris Barry – from String Cheese Incident and Panjea. Acoustic World Beat.
3/22 Sugarshack – R&B Soul
3/29 DUG (Deep Under Groove) – Wicked Jam Funk
4/5 Haphrodesia – Funk and Afro-Beat
4/12 BLVD – Live Hip Hop House and Breaks
4/19 Monophonics – 8 piece Latin Funk
4/26 Absynth – Ambient Groove
5/3 Delta Nove – Afrobean Jazz Funk and Reggae
5/10 Sol Jibe – Flamenco Roots Rock with a Gypsy Soul
5/17 Mind Orchestra II – Live Electronica
Cornology(corn-ol-ogy) “The science of growing optimum corn snow.”

Think Spring Corn,
S.G.

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