The Perfect (Snow) Storm

In light of the economy, skiers can find value in Colorado

By: By Janeen Christoff

Spring Events

March 21–April 12: Heavenly Spring Loaded event with concerts, pond-skimming championships and more.

March 28: Blues and BBQ at Keystone Resort - Beat the “end-of-the-ski-season blues” with a barbecue and smooth blues music at River Run’s Blues and Barbecue Festival

April 1-19: Spring Massive, Breckenridge - Celebrate April with concerts, competitions, family fun, nightlife, comedy clubs, the Bite of Breckenridge, the Massive Brewfest and legendary spring snow conditions.

April 11: Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam at Keystone Resort - Do some butters and slide some rails at Keystone Resort for The Peanut Butter and Rail Jam, Volcom’s free amateur snowboard contest series. Plus, there will be a ton of prizes and free peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches.

April 13–19: Spring Back to Vail - The biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains, Spring Back to Vail is a week of fun in the sun, huge concerts and the World Pond-Skimming Championships.


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In Colorado, skiers and snowboarders are getting a break on prices in tough economic times with more deals and discounts than ever planned for the spring ski season. This year, there are about twice as many price breaks and promotions on the ski slopes at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone during the months of March and April and, according to Vail Resorts’ vacation planning manager Scott Donovan, spring is one of the best times to visit.

Skiers can save on the slopes this spring. // (c) The NewsMarket/ Breckenridge Ski Resort
Skiers can save on the slopes this spring.
// (c) The NewsMarket/ Breckenridge Ski Resort

“In the current market, there are more deals and deeper savings this spring,” said Donovan. “It’s the perfect storm for skiers.”

Not only will clients be able to take advantage of traditional two-for-one deals at restaurants and gear sales this spring, they will also see deals of up to 50 percent off lodging. They can also participate in seasonal events, such as Vail’s Spring Back to Vail concerts and Breckenridge’s Bump Buffet, a wacky costume party on skis.

To find the best deals, Donovan recommends registering for Vail Resorts’ e-mail alerts at

Visiting while school is in session or booking midweek deals are other ways clients can get more bang for their buck. Sites such as and offer spur-of-the-moment packages. For even more savings, Donovan suggests choosing accommodations that aren’t slopeside for clients who are willing to ride the shuttle.

Finally, agents can add value to a clients’ ski vacation with deals like Keystone’s Adventure Passport. The passport comes free with lodging packages booked online at and clients receive one-time coupons for more than $100 in savings on activities like yoga, snowbiking, naturalist tours and more. The passport also provides discounts at restaurants.

These Colorado ski packages can further entice clients to hit the slopes and showcase only a fraction of the savings available at each resort.

Keystone Resort
Once daylight saving time begins, so do the savings at Keystone Resort. Not only will clients get more time on the hill with expanded terrain and hours for sunset skiing starting March 8, but they can also take advantage of Keystone’s Ski Free, Stay Free package, starting at $283. The package includes three nights of lodging slopeside at the River Run Village and three days of sunset skiing or boarding, as well as Keystone’s Adventure Passport.

Breckenridge Ski Resort
A favorite with out-of-state and international visitors, Breckenridge Ski Resort has been ranked one of the top seven ski resorts by Ski magazine, and this spring, clients can explore the mountain for less with $85 room rates from March 29 through the resort’s scheduled closing day of April 19.

Beaver Creek Resort
Clients can save in April at Beaver Creek Resort with the Buy Three, Get One Free package. If clients book three nights of lodging at Beaver Creek West and a three-day lift ticket, they get a fourth night of lodging and an extra day of skiing free from March 29 to April 19. Package prices start at $409 per person.

The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort
RockResorts is inviting non-skiers to join in the winter fun. The Off the Slopes in Vail package, available through April 18 (pending snow conditions) gives non-skiers three nights’ accommodation, a 60-minute massage per person at the recently opened RockResorts Spa, a snowmobile tour, a dog-sledding tour, a snowcat tour, tubing at Adventure Ridge at Vail Mountain and daily breakfast for two.
Rates start at $489 per night and are based on a three-night minimum stay and double occupancy.