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December 1, 2012
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Early season pass deadlines approach

With the holidays quickly approaching, local ski areas are gearing up their snowmaking efforts and marketing efforts for last minute season pass products. All local ski areas now proudly boast over 100, some over 200, skiable acres for guests.

What's more, today is the last day to purchase Epic Pass products. Copper Mountain guarantees its early season pricing through Monday.

Copper Mountain opened a long list of new terrain Friday including West Encore, Frank's Fave, Lower Andy's Encore, the tubing hill and the Main Vein Superpipe. Additionally, the resort opened the lower pitch of Carefree Saturday.

Copper's prices are guaranteed through Monday, with season pass prices ranging from $229-$399. Adults can get the unlimited season pass for $399, teens for $319, children for $229 and seniors can get the same pass for $269.

Arapahoe Basin opened Upper Sundance Saturday, bring its acreage to 100 with four lifts towing guests to access the seven trails available.

Keystone Resort and A-Basin are still offering the 4-Pack deal that is valid for four days of skiing or riding at the two ski areas with no restrictions or blackout dates. The offer is available through today for $169.

"This offer is great because it allows our guests exceptional skiing or riding for only $43 a day, even during the holidays," said Tucker Vest Burton, spokeswoman for Keystone Resort.

Vail Resorts extended its season pass sales through today as well.

The Epic Pass includes four different season pass options in Colorado, ranging in price from $459-$699.

The Epic Pass offers unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin for $699.

Keystone leads the county with the most terrain available for guests. Currently the ski area offers 15 trails equaling 233 acres plus 14 lifts running. The resort is making progress on a wide availability of terrain open with 73 percent of beginner terrain and 26 percent of intermediate terrain available, according to Burton.

The A51 terrain park features its own lift, making for quick laps. Twenty-five features are available for skiers and riders to hit and the Park Lane jump line offers three jumps.

According to resort officials, professional athletes preparing for the Dew Tour have been consistently turning up at Keystone to train at A51.

"Keystone Resort has one of the most powerful snowmaking systems in the country which has allowed us to open 233 acres of terrain this weekend, the most acreage currently available in Summit County," Burton said.


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The Summit Daily Updated Dec 2, 2012 12:23PM Published Dec 1, 2012 11:28PM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.