Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Steamboat Springs, CO –November 10, 2009 – As America prepares to honor veterans, three ski resorts in Colorado are making winter vacations on the slopes more accessible for active and retired military members with the specially priced Patriot Pass. The passes, introduced last year as one of the first military specific passes in the state, start as low as $219 for adults and $104 for their children, with an opportunity to add 6 days at Steamboat for only $20 with the Patriot Pass Plus.

"Last year Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Steamboat teamed up to offer deep discounts for military members and their families with a product that had not been seen before in Colorado. The success of last year's program, and the enthusiasm seen by military members who took advantage of the program, made it an easy decision for us to bring the pass back this year,"  said Rob Perlman, vice president of sales and marketing for Winter Park Resort. "It's a simple way for the ski resorts to honor the men, women and family members who protect and serve our country every day, and give them a fun and recreational outlet to reconnect with their friends and family."

Patriot Passes provide unlimited skiing and riding at Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper Mountain for the 2009/2010 winter season, with the upgrade to the Patriot Pass Plus offering an additional 6 days at Steamboat and unlimited Friday afternoons after 12:30 pm. Military members also receive ten $55 Friends and Family lift tickets to Winter Park and Copper Mountain, valid any time during the season.

The unique passes provide access to three of Colorado's best ski resorts, where guests can enjoy Winter Park's brand new village and extraordinary alpine bowl and backcountry Cirque, and Copper Mountain's high alpine terrain and Woodward at Copper – the first indoor/outdoor ski and snowboard camp on the planet. Passholders who upgrade to the Patriot Pass Plus have access to a combined total of 423 trails, 8,493 acres and over 9,300 vertical feet of terrain with the addition of Steamboat's legendary Champagne Powder™ snow and top-ranked trees.

"We can’t wait to get on our favorite trails this winter," said Major John Coyle from Colorado Springs. "The Patriot Pass makes skiing more affordable for members of the military and their families, and the proximity of the resorts to Denver and Colorado Springs is definitely a plus."

Military members may purchase their special Patriot Passes at the following Colorado military base locations. Once purchased, the passes can be redeemed at the Pass Offices at either Copper Mountain or Winter Park at anytime during the season.  All Patriot Passes require a Department of Defense Military ID card.

Patriot Pass Purchase Locations
Buckley ANGB ITT
400 N. Beaver Creek St Stop 90
Buckley AFB, CO 800111-9518
(720) 847-6936

Fort Carson
Bldg 2429 Specker Ave.
Fort Carson, CO 80913
(719) 526-5366

Peterson AFB/Community Activities Center
830 Tinker St, Bldg 640
Peterson AFB, CO 80914
(719) 556-1760

Schriever AFB ITT
210 Falcon Parkway, Ste. 2109
Schriver AFB, CO 80912
(719) 567-6050

7103 Randall Dr
FE Warren, WY 82005
(307) 773-2492

Air Force Academy (WINTER ONLY)
5136 Eagle Drive, Suite B101
USAF Academy, CO 80840-0249
(719) 333-4753

Passes can be used starting today, as the skiing and snowboarding season is underway at Copper Mountain. While, Winter Park will begin the season on Wednesday, November 18th and Steamboat's opening day is Wednesday, November 25th.