Playing hooky just got a little bit cheaper thanks to Colorado ski resorts’ deals and discounts aimed at the college student who’s a scholar when it counts and a hauler when the snow is just too good to resist.
Here are some passes discounted specifically for those who understand that higher education refers to the pristine halls of academia and the lessons only learned at steep elevations flying down Colorado’s mountains, courtesy of a news release from Colorado Ski Country USA.
College boarders and skiers can buy Aspen Snowmass’ college premier pass for $679. The adult premier pass is more than $2,200, so ski on knowing your education is being put to good use. The college pass includes more than $1,000 in benefits like discounted ticket vouchers for family and friends, rentals, dining and more. To be eligible, buyers must be 24 or younger through Feb. 15 and enrolled in an accredited four-year college.
The Copper Mountain college pass going for $389 shaves about $100 off the adult pass. It offers unlimited skiing and boarding at Summit County’s Copper Mountain and three free days at Purgatory, Monarch Mountain, Powder Mountain in Utah and Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Flash a valid college ID at the Crested Butte Mountain resort — about 30 miles north of Gunnison — and your pass will drop to $789 if purchased before Oct. 8 and $1,029 if snagged after that. The regular adult pass run $929 and $1,219, respectively.
Echo Mountain Resort
Head to Echo Mountain resort west of Evergreen to find a college ski pass discounted to $229, down from the adult season pass at $249. Students need to show an active student ID or a recent transcript when picking up the pass.
Eldora in Boulder County has college boarders and skiers seeing double with two season-pass options. The college full pass at $369 allows for unlimited skiing and riding. The college midweek pass lets scholars ski from Monday through Friday at $249. Students need to attend full-time, be under age 26 at the time they’re buying the pass and present a class schedule
Granby Ranch, about 85 northwest of Denver, is straightforward with its college discount named the “hooky pass.” The pass gets users 50 percent off a weekday lift ticket Monday through Thursday during January and February.
Loveland Ski Area
How do you do, fellow young adults? Probably better now that Loveland Ski Area near Georgetown offers a season pass for those between the ages of 15 and 22 that costs $309. The pass includes 96 days of skiing and riding at 32 partner mountains and on-mountain discounts and benefits.
If you can prove you’re enrolled in college, you can get your hands on Monarch Mountain’s college pass for $289. The pass from the resort near Salida offers 100 free and discounted days of skiing and riding at partner resorts. The typical adult pass goes for $479, so ski on for almost half the price.
Winter Park Resort
Drive about 65 miles northwest of Denver, and you can take advantage of Winter Park Resort’s college pass for $399. An adult pass goes for $499, so young academics can shred the mountain and still pick up a 10-pack of ramen on the drive home.