Outside Magazine named the University of Vermont as one of the top 10 colleges for youthful outdoor enthusiasts, which comes as no surprise. Students flock to the Green Mountain state for higher education, but also outdoor adventures and like-minded people. Ski resorts in Vermont understand the tight budgets of students, so they offer great deals on college passes to help them start or continue their life long quest to shred. Recent college grads who haven't quite secured their footing financially can also find some budget friendly deals.
Here is a sampling of what's available this season:
Threesome College Pass – Mad River Glen and Sugarbush Resort
For the first time ever Mad River Glen and Sugarbush are teaming up to offer a combined pass for college students. The Threesome College Pass will be available for all students enrolled full-time at accredited colleges. Featuring skiing and riding at three big mountains – Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush, and Mad River Glen – the Threesome College Pass is available for only $359.
"With some of the best skiing and riding to be had anywhere, the Mad River Valley is a great place for college students to explore winter in Vermont," said Win Smith, President of Sugarbush Resort. "We are excited to develop this relationship with Mad River Glen and we are looking forward to building on it for the future." Those lucky enough to be able to purchase the Threesome College Pass will have unlimited access to 156 trails, 20 lifts and vast gladed terrain.
Find out more at www.threesomecollegepass.com.
Higher Education College Season Pass – Mount Snow
Five mountains. Zero blackout dates. One pass. No other college season pass out there provides unrestricted access to more mountains than the Higher Education Pass which includes Mount Snow in Vermont, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire and Jack Frost/Big Boulder in Pennsylvania. As if that wasn't enough, when college students purchase their Higher Education Pass from Mount Snow before the December 16, 2012 deadline they get two $40 bring-a-friend lift tickets valid midweek at Mount Snow, PLUS a complimentary 12-month subscription to either Freeskier or Snowboard Magazine. All this is for just $319. During Mount Snow's college weeks (January 7-11 & January 14-18), Higher Education Pass holders can stay five nights for as little as $116 per person to enjoy the jam-packed schedule of parties, events and deals. Full-time students can also sign up to be a Mount Snow college representative and sell the Higher Education Pass to their fellow classmates in an effort to earn a FREE pass for themselves and maybe some extra cash. www.mountsnow.com/collegepass
2 for U College Pass – Bolton Valley and Smugglers' Notch Resort
Bolton Valley and Smugglers’ Notch Resort have joined forces to offer the 2forU pass for college students. This unrestricted, all access season pass offers skiing and riding on four big mountains that average over 300 inches of snowfall, with a total of 148 trails, acres of glades and eight terrain parks. The ski & ride day extends into the evening four nights each week at Bolton Valley, as skiers and riders enjoy access to 12 trails and three terrain parks under the lights. The pass also includes half-price discounts on group instruction and equipment rentals. 2forU is priced at $249 for pre-Halloween purchases.www.smuggs.com/skiride
SOS College Pass – Stratton Mountain and Okemo Mountain?
For college students, the SOS College Pass is almost as exciting as free food. Passholders are entitled to unlimited skiing and riding at three northeastern resorts: Stratton Mountain, Okemo Mountain and Mount Sunapee for just $299*. There are no blackout dates, so the SOS Pass can be used any day the powder beckons and during Stratton's College Week, January 9-13. College students can also book the "College Break" package, serving up lift tickets and lodging for $49 per person per night, and lodging discounts for SOS Pass holders. Do the math: two days of incredible skiing/riding at Stratton or Okemo costs less than that Economics textbook you're never going to read.
The SOS College Pass is available starting September 1 with proof of enrollment.
*$299 until October 8; $349 from Oct. 8 to December 17, $429 after Dec. 17.
Jay Peak + Burke College Pass – Jay Peak Resort and Burke Mountain
College kids can get a season pass to the United Kingdom for just $249…a united Northeast Kingdom that is. Now that Jay Peak and Burke Mountain have the same owners, the Jay Peak + Burke pass affords currently-enrolled college students unlimited skiing and riding at both mountains as well as a coupon booklet that has more than $200 of freebies and discounts to both resorts…including discounted access to Jay Peak's Pump House indoor waterpark. www.jaypeakresort.com/skiing-
The Stowe College Pass – Stowe Mountain Resort
No blackout dates. No restrictions. Ski everyday all season long with the Stowe College Pass. Purchase before October 31 and pay only $399, after that the Stowe College Pass increases to $499. Get yours online at www.stowe.com, by phone:888.253.4849, or at the Stowe Season Pass Office in Spruce Camp Base Lodge.
Part-Time students with a minimum of 6 credits can also enjoy a discount for just $599 through October 31; $749 after.
College Student Season Pass – Bromley Mountain
The discounted college pass is designed for the full time student who is between the ages of 18-25 and is also valid at Jiminy Peak and Cranmore Mountain Resort! Purchase on or before October 15, 2012 for just $339. Buy Online! Just want a day pass? All you need is a valid college ID and you'll save $10 off posted rates. The discount can be applied to ALL DAY regular priced tickets only! Click here for rates.
Magic College Pass – Magic Mountain
Magic believes in keeping skiing affordable for all. That’s why their lift tickets are still below $60 and season passes are all below $500–with absolutely no restrictions. They also know that college students need even more relief from high costs. That’s why Magic
offers college students the opportunity to test themselves all season long on the slopes of one of Vermont’s most challenging and fun ski area for only $149.
Discounts at Suicide Six at the Woodstock Inn and Resort:
Home to the first rope tow in the United State, Suicide Six is a must for ski history buffs. They offer 50% off lift tickets to college students – Monday through Friday, and non-holiday. Check in for more information here.
Because starting salaries aren't always sky high, here are a few options for the 20-something post graduate:
For20s Pass – Sugarbush Resort
Whether wrapping up college or on the job search, Sugarbush will cut you a deal with the For20s Season Pass. The $319 early bird rate ends September 12th, so get your pass today. For more information on Sugarbush pass option, visithttp://www.sugarbush.com/
The Millennial Pass – Okemo
The newest season pass from Okemo is designed specifically for the “20 something.” It's a great option to bridge the gap between college and the real world. And, there are NO blackout dates! Get your Okemo Millennial Pass!
20’s Midweek Pass – Mad River Glen
Hit up some of Vermont's gnarliest terrain on the weekdays with Mad River Glen's 20's midweek pass. Skiers age 19 to 29 (as of Nov. 1, 2012) get a break as they establish themselves in the real world. Valid Monday through Friday all season with no holiday blackouts! Cost: $199 ($299 after Oct. 15) Click here to purchase.
All passes prices are subject to taxes and fees where applicable.