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Headline – The Snow Junkies http://www.thesnowjunkies.com Lodging, Gear, and Lift Ticket Deals for Skiers and Snowboarders Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:32:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 God Wants You to Go Skiing http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/12/19/god-wants-you-to-go-skiing/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/12/19/god-wants-you-to-go-skiing/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:34:53 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5459 For those that consider skiing and snowboarding a religion, you finally have the backing of the Catholic Church. While talking to a group of Italian ski instructors, Pope Bendict XVI had nothing but high praise for winter sports:

“Your engagement as ‘ski masters’ helps to boost certain capacities, for example steadfastness in pursing aims, respect for the rules, tenacity in confronting and surmounting difficulties. In all sporting activities, a person understands better that their body should not be considered an object … but that it allows them to express themselves and establish relations with others.”

He also said that mountains are:

“…an environment that in a special way makes us feel small, returns us to our true dimension as creatures, makes us capable of asking ourselves about the significance of creation, lifting our eyes to the top, opening ourselves up to the Creator”.


via The Telegraph

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Colorado Gem Card Returns for 2012: Free Tickets, Discounts, BOGO http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/11/23/colorado-gem-card-returns-for-2012-free-tickets-discounts-bogo/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/11/23/colorado-gem-card-returns-for-2012-free-tickets-discounts-bogo/#respond Wed, 23 Nov 2011 23:24:22 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5351

My secret stash at Powderhorn

I say this ever year: The Colorado Gems Card is one of the best deals out there for skiers. It’s only $10 and gets you free lift tickets, discounts off full price, and lots of “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” (BOGO) offers. The full list is below along with blackout dates and restrictions.

With the exception of SolVista Basin, I’ve ridden all of the Colorado Gems and they are loads of fun. There’s plenty of treasure both at the ski resorts and with this discount card.

Click here to purchase the Colorado Gem Card.

2011-12 Colorado Gems Card

Arapahoe Basin

  • 2 for 1 adult lift ticket Mon-Fri, valid once 11/1/11 – 12/16/11
  • $10 off adult full-day lift ticket
  • $5 off child/senior full-day lift ticket

Blackouts and Restrictions

  • 2 for 1 not valid on weekends or 11/25/11 – 11/27/11

Echo Mountain

  • 2 for 1 adult weekday lift ticket, valid opening day to 12/16/11
  • $10 off adult lift ticket
  • $5 off child lift ticket

Blackouts and Restrictions

  • Closed on Tuesdays
  • All offers not valid 12/26/11 – 01/02/12, 01/14/12-01/16/12, 02/17/12-02/21/12


  • $10 off an Adult Full Day lift ticket, valid any day of the 2011-12 season


  • $39 adult lift ticket
  • $18 child (6-14) lift ticket, up to 2 per visit
  • 2 for 1 adult lift ticket M-F, same day use

Blackouts and Restrictions

  • $39 ticket & 2 for 1 not valid 12/17/11 – 1/1/12


  • $10 off any full priced, full-day lift ticket
  • 2 for 1 adult lift tickets for $57, valid Feb 2012
  • One free lift ticket in April 2012

Blackouts and Restrictions

  • All offers not valid 2/18/12 – 2/19/12
  • $10 off not valid 12/26/11 – 1/1/12, 1/14/12 – 1/15/12, 3/10/12 – 3/24/12


  • $10 off Adult / Preteen / Youth lift ticket
  • Buy one lift ticket, get one free Monday – Friday. Valid 01/08/12 – 04/01/12

Ski Cooper

  • One free lift ticket in Feb 2012 Mon-Fri only
  • $34 adult full-day lift ticket Mon-Fri only
  • $36 adult full-day lift ticket Sat-Sun only
  • $18 child full-day lift ticket

Blackouts and Restrictions

  • All offers not valid 12/19/11 – 1/2/12

SolVista Basin

  • $10 off adult lift ticket valid 1/3/12 – 3/5/12
  • $5 off junior lift ticket valid 1/3/12 – 3/5/12
  • 2 for 1 lift ticket valid 1/2/12 – 1/31/12. Valid once.

Blackouts and Restrictions

  • All offers not valid 1/13/12 – 1/16/12, 2/17/12 – 2/20/12


  • $40 lift ticket

Blackouts and Restrictions:

  • Not valid 12/24/11 – 1/1/12, 1/21/12 – 1/22/12, 2/17/12 – 2/18/12
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[DISPATCH] Still Dumping in Colorado http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/03/28/dispatch-still-dumping-in-colorado/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/03/28/dispatch-still-dumping-in-colorado/#respond Mon, 28 Mar 2011 21:41:33 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5335 My roomie took a shot of our driveway this morning. How come I’m not there? I’m in Arizona because who thought it would snow this hard at the end of March?!

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[DISPATCH] The Snow Ball @ Avon, CO http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/03/07/dispatch-the-snow-ball-avon-co/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/03/07/dispatch-the-snow-ball-avon-co/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 22:29:16 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5317

The Flaming Lips closing out The Snow Ball

The first ever Snow Ball Music Festival went down this weekend in Beaver Creek. I managed to slip in for this performance from The Flaming Lips.

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[DISPATCH] Finding the Good Stuff @ Powder Mountain http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/02/27/dispatch-finding-the-good-stuff-powder-mountain/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/02/27/dispatch-finding-the-good-stuff-powder-mountain/#respond Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:36:47 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5310 Powder Mountain in Utah is the state’s best kept secret. This shot above was taken days after the last storm. It’s just a big, empty ski area with tons of hiking. See some more photos and words at 101 Days of Winter.

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[DISPATCH] 40 Inch Weekend @ Vail, CO http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/02/15/dispatch-40-inch-weekend-vail-co/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/02/15/dispatch-40-inch-weekend-vail-co/#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:01:46 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5298

I’ve been having a blast with my new GoPro — and it’s even better when Vail gets the storm of the year. Here’s a quickly edited video. I’m working on more.

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The Ski Bum’s Best Friend: Craigslist http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/01/12/the-ski-bums-best-friend-craigslist/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/01/12/the-ski-bums-best-friend-craigslist/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:08:44 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=4901

A $350/nt Salt Lake condo scored on Craigslist for $100/nt

I’m not sure how I live anymore without Craigslist when trying to plan a ski vacation — actually I’m not sure how I live period without Craigslist, but that’s another story. You can find everything from a cheap place to crash to a pickup from the airport. Like most things in life, keep an eye out for scams (although I’ve never run into one). But hey, doesn’t a little risk for a big reward sound familiar? It happens every time you trust a dangling chunk of frozen metal to transport you up the hill.

Here’s some of the things a snow junkie can find on Craigslist:

  • Outdoor Gear
  • Lodging
  • Carpool Rides
  • Lift Ticket Vouchers/Coupons
  • Lift Tickets
  • Awesome Barter Trades

About Lift Tickets
This is generally considered illegal as most ski areas explicitly state that you can’t buy or sell tickets so be especially careful purchasing passes. Same goes for vouchers, coupons, etc… I heard if you get caught an executive from the ski area chops off your hand, usually a guy from marketing.

About Lodging
Lodging is my favorite place to find a deal. You can usually find somebody who has extra room in their condo and will let you sleep for cheap. If you have a large group of people, check for last minute deals on houses and condos. The big bonus is not paying the heavy hotel taxes (state,county,town,resort) that ski towns levy on tourists. These can be as high as 16-18%! There’s probably something illegal about not paying resort tax, so I’d keep that on the down low as well.

About Carpooling
If you’ve got room in your car, grab a passenger. Split gas costs, save Mother Earth, you know the drill. Carpooling can you even save you gobs of cash off a lift ticket.

About Bartering
If you get really ambitious with Craigslist, try out the Barter section. We dabbled with this on 100 Days of Winter. I got a ride from the Sacramento airport to Lake Tahoe for a lift ticket. We traded a 2 for 1 voucher for a shower and a pot (the cooking implement, stoner). We even offered up our services as “Mystery Solvers” in exchange for dinner.

That last ad got swiftly yanked. I’m still not sure why.

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[DISPATCH] How To Get Free Snowcat Rides http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/01/09/dispatch-how-to-get-free-snowcat-rides/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/01/09/dispatch-how-to-get-free-snowcat-rides/#respond Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:21:19 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5236 Answer: Copper Mountain, CO

It is puking snow in Summit County so my first trip to the top of Tucker couldn’t have been happier. 3 inches at 5am, 3-5 during the day, and hopefully another 5 overnight. That’s what she said!


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[DISPATCH] Finding Freshies @ Winter Park, CO http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/01/07/dispatch-finding-freshies-winter-park-co/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/01/07/dispatch-finding-freshies-winter-park-co/#respond Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:18:46 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5205 Mountain: Winter Park, CO
Date: Jan 5, 2011

It wasn’t supposed to snow, but it did again and we spent the day in the far corners of Winter Park digging ourselves out many happy messes.

Coco takes on the face and wins

The Chief Junkie trying to dodge a tree

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Become One Of The Snow Junkies! http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2010/12/23/become-one-of-the-snow-junkies/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2010/12/23/become-one-of-the-snow-junkies/#comments Thu, 23 Dec 2010 19:53:17 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5153 The Snow Junkies are looking for editors to report on ticket deals and ski area news in the Midwest (WI, MI, IL) and the Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA). Our readers tend to be as poor as us, so this is an unpaid gig. Why do it? Maybe you’re passionate about the mountains and sharing your experiences. That’s why we do it.  Well, that and the free lift tickets.

Here’s what we need:

  • 2-3 posts a week about what’s happening in your region.
  • Photo essays and stories when you go skiing/riding.
  • Help grow our new message boards.

Here’s what you get:

  • A byline and author page to show off your work.
  • Free lift tickets.
  • Schwag and prodeals.

Here’s who we’re looking for:

  • A snow bum who skis/rides at least a couple times a week.
  • Obviously Internet savvy: access to a computer, camera, etc…
  • We don’t care how you get down the hill — as long as it isn’t snowblades.

Here’s how you get the job:

Send the following to admin@musicfestivaljunkies.com

  • A 50-200 word sample about a deal in your area that we haven’t covered.
  • A 150-300 word sample about the last ski hill you rode.
  • 2-3 photos of you shredding.

Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you.
The Chief Junkie

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