The Gold Card from the North Carolina Ski Area Association lets you ride all six mountains in the state for under eight hundred dollars. It’s good every day of the season. No black out dates. This is such a rad deal that there are only 100 cards sold so by the time you read this, they’ll probably be gone.
Gold Cards allow the purchaser to ski at all participating North Carolina Ski Areas. The areas are:
If you are wondering about skiing into a tree on year three and wasting all that money, don’t worry. You can transfer to another family member once during the lifetime of the pass.
So you bought your KB Season Pass, 10 pack or other seasonal lift package, or perhaps you plan to buy before the first Early Buy deadline on the 15th of Sept? Well here is some fun news for y’all. When the Ooompa Loompas in the winter fun factory pack your envelopes on the 16th of Sept. Five of them will hold Golden Tickets! No, you will not win ownership of a global confection empire, but the prizes are significant…
1. A trip to ski the Canadian Rockies with SkiBig3 including airfare!
2. A season pass for the 2011-2012 season
3. A 10 pack for the 2011-2012 season
4. A 150.00 KB gift card
5. A locker in the Central Lodge for the 2010-2011 season.
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Side note: Last year’s Epic Pass was $579, only a $40 increase this year.
Each year, there’s one or two variations. This season, Vail Resorts offers the Epic Summit Pass for $419, which lets you ride Breck, Keystone, and A-Basin. If there’s any questions about which pass to get, definitely throw down the extra $200 and add three more mountains to your winter.
Each pass comes with some benefits. The best one is discounted tickets for your friends. We took advantage of a couple of these last season and rode Vail for around $55. Still a good chunk of change, but consider that a full day ticket was $97 and suddenly $55 looked pretty damn good.
Our recommendation: Don’t wait if you’re even considering purchasing an Epic Pass. There’s no official word on the Vail Resorts site if there will be a price increase or how long the passes will be available.
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Vail Resorts wants to give you a season pass. What do they want back? Take some photos, write a few blog posts, and spend some time on Facebook. It’s a cool marketing idea — they’ll get tons of content and you’ll get some free riding. Your first mission: get picked. There’s a contest and you got to make a video. Deadline is April 1st.