Colorado Ski Country offers ‘Gems’ discounts |

Colorado Ski Country offers ‘Gems’ discounts

Daily News staff report

Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade and marketing association for the state’s ski industry, is offering the free Colorado Gems Card again this season.The Colorado Gems ski resorts include Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, SolVista Basin and Sunlight. They are Colorado’s smaller areas typically located off the beaten track. The card provides discounts up to $10 on adult lift tickets and $5 off child and senior lift tickets at Gems ski areas. Cardholders receive additional discounts on scheduled member appreciation days and deals on lodging as low as $39 per person via the Gems Web site.The Colorado Gems Card is available online at Each skier and snowboarder who skis or rides at all eight Gems resorts this season will be eligible to win a grand prize that includes a 2005-2006 Gold Pass – the only totally transferable pass that offers unrestricted access to 24 Colorado ski resorts by anyone, anytime – two round-trip United Airlines tickets and a full-year supply of Pepsi products. This October, Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin, both Colorado Gems, were two of the first resorts in the nation to open for the 2004-2005 season. Loveland Ski Area was the first in the nation to open Oct. 15 and Arapahoe Basin opened a week later on Oct. 22. All eight Gems ski areas are scheduled to open by Dec. 11.

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