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Denver, Colo. – March 25, 2010 –

Informed shoppers are finding the ski season’s best deals blossoming at resorts around the state. Mutli-day lift ticket discounts, stay and play packages, and early-bird reductions on 2010-11 passes are giving snow enthusiasts an extra reason to celebrate spring. Below is a round-up of skiing deals offered at CSCUSA member resorts around the state:

Spring Passes
A-Basin is offering its Spring 3 Pass, which is valid for three non-transferable ski days until the close of the 2009-10 ski season (tentatively scheduled for June 6, 2010). With this pass, skiers and riders get three days of skiing or riding for the regular-ticket-window price of two days. To sweeten the deal, the resort throws in $10 off of any rental package and a $50 morning class lesson for the passholder, available on the day the pass is used. Spring 3 Passes are available for sale until April 4, 2010.

Guests who want to take advantage of the lesson discount with the 3 Pass must make a reservation at least 24 hrs in advance by calling 888-ARAPAHOE.

For skiers and riders who plan to be up a lot in the late season, Arapahoe Basin is still selling its Arapahoe Basin Only Passes, which are $299 for adults, $199 for youth age 15-19, and $109 for children age six to 14. The A-Basin Only Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to A-Basin for the rest of the 2009-10 season and discounts on lessons, food, retail, and lift tickets for friends and family.

Aspen/Snowmass has taken the gloves off with its lodging deals this spring. Based on availability and specific dates, rooms start as low as $37.50 per night in Aspen and $35 per night in Snowmass. Plus, the resort now offers special seven-day advance pricing on two-day lift tickets.

Guests can save big by booking lift tickets, lessons and equipment rentals seven days in advance of their vacation.  Plus, booking ahead saves time by having lift tickets delivered directly to the guests’ lodge. Guests can save even more by renting ski/snowboard equipment from Four-Mountain Sports, thus leaving their gear at home and avoiding airline baggage fees.

Purchase two or more days of lift tickets, equipment rentals and ski & snowboard school at least seven days in advance and save an additional 10 percent off the advance purchase price when packaging all three at the same time. Purchase lift tickets with either equipment rentals or a lesson and save an additional five percent.

Time is running out to take advantage of these deals, with Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands closing on April 4th and Aspen Mountain and Snowmass closing on April 11th.

For more information on all of these offers please visit: www.aspensnowmass.com/deals <http://www.aspensnowmass.com/deals> .

Copper Mountain invites guests to grab their season passes from that “other” mountain, sneak over to Copper and pick up the Swinger’s Pass, which gets them one day at Copper for only $39. This is available to anyone with a valid and current 2009-10 picture season pass, including a Copper Season Pass. Just go to any Guest Service or ticket window and show the pass. Check out www.coppercolorado.com/swinger <http://www.coppercolorado.com/swinger> for more information.

Copper also offers a four-ticket deal called High Four, in which guests can purchase four tickets for $219 to ride the Copper Mountain slopes. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com/highfour <http://www.coppercolorado.com/highfour>.

Echo Mountain riders can also join in on the spring pass offers. Echo is offering a special Family Four Pack to help families take advantage of the resort’s night skiing.

The deal is simple.  A Four Pack of lift tickets costs just $99 on weekdays (excluding Tuesdays when the resort is closed) and $119 on weekends. The special pricing continues through Sunday, March 28 and is good from when the lifts open at 9am until closing at 9pm—except Sundays when the lifts close at 5pm.  Blackout dates are in effect March 29-April 11, but the sweet deal returns Monday, April 12 through the remainder of the season—until Sunday, May 2. The caveat: all four lift tickets must be used on the same day they are purchased.

Steamboat is offering its Springalicious 4-Pack Pass with four days of skiing for $99. Guests can ski or snowboard any four days from Friday, April 2 to Closing Day, Sunday, April 11. Plus, Friday afternoons are free. Guests can simply present their passes at a lift or gondola anytime after 12pm on April 2 and April 9 for free afternoon skiing or riding.

The resort also offers a late-season Ski Free lodging/lift ticket combo package. Guests who book through Steamboat Central Reservations® for Apr. 4 through 11, 2010 will find deals as low as $89 per adult for three nights of lodging and free two days of lift tickets.

After a successful run with its Ski and Ride Free package to begin the resort’s 70th Anniversary Season, this spring Winter Park is again collaborating with the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce for the return of free lift tickets with lodging from Thursday, April 1 through Closing Day, April 18, 2010.

As part of the deal, Winter Park will provide free lift tickets when guests book a minimum of two nights of lodging. Skiers and riders will get one free lift ticket per night booked, regardless of the size of the unit or number of people in the party. The “Ski Free at Winter Park” lodging package is available at http://www.playwinterpark.com <http://www.playwinterpark.com/> or by calling 800-979-9874. Skiers and riders are encouraged to book early because lift ticket quantities are limited.

Early-Bird Discounts on 2010-11 Season Passes
For a limited time, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) opened up an early-bird discount on season passes for next year. Guests can lock in early-bird rates until April 4.

A 2010-11 Adult Gold Pass will cost the same as last season pass if purchased before April 4. The next window to purchase passes begins June 1 and runs to September 24. Pass holders will have access to a variety of resort-wide promotions and special offers when they buy season passes, which include discounts on food, retail, rentals, ski school, and lodging.

Platinum Passes are also available at CBMR for those who want unlimited skiing and lift-served mountain bike riding with no blackout dates, and are valid for both the 2010-11 winter season and the 2011 summer season. Before April 4, an Adult Platinum Pass costs $899, over a $400 discount from the regular-season price.

This year, Crested Butte Mountain Resort gives guests two half-price Buddy Tickets with the purchase of a Gold Pass and four with the purchase the Platinum Pass.

Prices and details for CBMR’s other pass programs, including the Mountain Cards and the College Pass, will be available in the early summer.

Eldora is also running a pass sale on its 2010-11 passes, which ends April 30. The resort is offering discounts on all pass products, including its unlimited pass, family pass, midweek pass, no limits pass, college pass, military pass, and Nordic pass.

Eldora’s season passes are some of the best values in Colorado skiing, letting guests take full advantage of 680 acres of downhill terrain, 300 inches of annual snow, and a unique Nordic area.

Powderhorn is currently selling next year’s season passes at this year’s prices. Plus, the resort added a new age category- the Preteen, which has passes available for just $190. Despite holding the line on pass pricing, the resort is adding a major new benefit to its passes next season: three free days of skiing at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort for all pass holders.

Powderhorn also offers mid-week passes valid Mondays through Fridays. For more information, please visit www.powderhorn.com <http://www.powderhorn.com> .

In addition, the popular Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus is back for another year at an astounding value with unlimited skiing and riding at Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper Mountain, plus six unrestricted days at Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® for $409. New for 2010-11, the pass comes with double the number of Friends & Family discount tickets that it had in the past, up from ten to 20. Plus, the pass offers other discounts on resort food and beverage, retail, rental, and ski and ride lessons.

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus is now available for renewals and new guests at www.skicolorado.com <http://www.SkiColorado.com> , in person at the Winter Park Resort season pass office, and via phone at 800.977.SNOW. The $409 adult introductory price is guaranteed through April 5. Existing pass holders can simply reactivate their existing passes and new guests can upload a photo of themselves to create their new season pass so they’ll be ready to go when the lifts start turning in November.  More details are available at www.skicolorado.com <http://www.SkiColorado.com>.