Mining for micro-resort ski deals with the Gems Card

By Jason Sumner
Real AspenAugust 8, 2010
It's hard to beat a powder day in Highland Bowl, but there’s also nothing wrong with doing a little other-ski area exploration from time to time. And in the case of Colorado Ski Country’s Gems Cards, “little” is the optimum word.

A powder day last season at A-Basin.
Jason Sumner

For the princely sum of 10 bucks, these non-transferable discount cards open the proverbial gates to some cheap skiing at nine of Colorado’s smallest ski resorts: Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, SolVista and Sunlight.

Deals include free ski days at Monarch and Ski Cooper, plus lots of 2-for-1 and discounted lift ticket offers. Just make sure to read all the fine print, as lots of restriction blackout dates apply. These $10 Gems Card can be ordered on-line at www.ShopColoradoSki.com.

Here’s a rundown of all the available deals and restrictions, plus driving distance to each resort from Vail and Denver:

Arapahoe Basin (45 miles from Vail; 60 miles from Denver)
2-for-1 adult lift ticket. Monday-Friday 11/01/10 - 12/17/10. Valid Once.
$10 off adult full-day lift ticket. Any day.
$5 off child/senior full-day lift ticket. Any day.
Restrictions: 2-for-1 adult lift ticket not valid on weekends or 11/24/10 - 11/26/10.

Echo Mountain (77 miles from Vail; 26 miles from Denver)
$20 lift ticket. All ages. Valid from opening day 2010 - 12/07/2010. Valid Once.
$10 off an adult lift ticket. Any day.
$5 off a child lift ticket. Any day.

Eldora (95 miles from Vail; 46 miles from Denver)
$15 off adult lift ticket. Any day.
$10 off child/senior lift ticket. Any day.
2-for-1 adult lift ticket. Monday-Thursday.
Restrictions: Not Valid 12/26/10 - 1/02/11

Loveland (41 miles from Vail; 56 miles from Denver)
$39 adult lift ticket. Any day.
$18 child lift ticket. Any day.
2-for-1 adult lift ticket. Monday-Friday.
Restrictions: 2-for-1 adult lift ticket not valid on weekends or 12/20/10 - 12/31/10.

Monarch (110 miles from Vail; 123 miles from Denver)
1 free lift ticket in April 2011.
$10 off all full-day lift tickets.
Restrictions: Not valid 12/26/10 - 1/02/11, 1/15/11 - 1/16/11, 2/19/11 - 2/20/11, 3/12/11 - 3/19/11

Powderhorn (137 miles from Vail; 233 miles from Denver)
$10 off any lift ticket. Valid 2 times.
2-for-1 any lift ticket. Valid 3/01/11 - 4/03/11

Ski Cooper (29 miles from Vail; 109 miles from Denver)
1 free lift ticket in February 2011. Valid once. Not valid 2/18/11 - 2/21/11.
2-for-1 adult lift ticket. Monday through Friday.
$34 adult full-day lift ticket. Saturday & Sunday.
$18 child full-day lift ticket. Saturday & Sunday.
Restrictions: All offers not valid 12/19/10 - 1/02/11. Free lift ticket not valid 2/18/11 - 2/21/11. 2-for-1 adult lift tickets not valid on weekends.

SolVista Basin (102 miles from Vail; 86 miles from Denver)
$10 off adult lift ticket. Valid 1/03/11 - 3/06/11.
$5 off junior lift ticket. Valid 1/03/11 - 3/06/11.
2-for-1 lift ticket. Valid 1/03/11 - 1/31/11. Valid Once.
Restrictions: All offers not valid 1/14/11 - 1/17/11 and 2/18/11 - 2/21/11.

Sunlight (74 miles from Vail; 169 miles from Denver)
$30 adult full-day lift ticket.
Buy 1 adult full-day lift ticket, get 1 child (12-and-under) lift ticket free.
Restrictions: Not valid 12/26/10 - 1/02/11.


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