It may still feel like summer, but for skiers and boarders planning on enjoying the slopes this season, the time to lock in the lowest season pass prices is slipping away. Several local ski areas are planning to increase costs next month.
Vail Resorts' Epic Pass, with unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin is currently $659 for an adult pass until Sept. 4.
Vail Resorts will make an announcement on the exact rate of passes closer to that time, said Vail Resorts spokeswoman Kate Lessman.
"The prices of all Vail Resort passes and features will be honored to anyone purchasing by September 4," Lessman said. "I don't know what the next round of pricing will be at this time."
Last year during the 2011-2012 ski season, the Epic Pass was $649, its price increased to $669 Oct. 16.
In addition to the Epic Pass, Vail Resorts offers other pass options but current rates are not guaranteed as the season approaches, Lessman said.
The Epic Local Pass, formerly known as the Colorado Pass, provides unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone and A Basin for $509. The pass will be among those subject to an autumn increase.
The Summit Value pass, with unlimited access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin is $419 and a good option for those planning to ski only in Summit County.
The Rocky Mountain Super Pass with unlimited access to Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Mary Jane, is $419 for an adult pass. The Super Pass Plus adds six unrestricted days at Steamboat for $469.
Copper also had no specific information on when and by how much prices would increase in the fall. Season passes for the 2011-2012 season increased Oct. 16, 2011. Prices reflected a $50 increase on most of the pass options.
The Loveland ski area season passes won't go on sale until Labor Day weekend; its website encourages skiers and boarders to check back for the price of those passes after that date.
Last year, the 2011-2012 ski season, the Loveland Pass was $359 and provided unlimited access to Loveland plus three days to Monarch Ski Area and Durango Mountain Resort.
Another opportunity to enjoy local ski areas for cheap is at the Powder Daze Sale at Christy Ports in Dillon Aug. 24- Sept. 3. The Copper Four Pack is $139 and will include one extra day at Copper Mountain if purchased at the sale.