Things We Like: Two-Year Passes

Arapahoe Basin and Angel Fire to offer season passes that are valid for two years. Let's hope this trend continues.
Stop at A-Basin

Fact: Though it's incredibly awesome, skiing is expensive. But some breaking news coming from two separate resorts has our wallets feeling a little fatter. This week, both Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, and Angel Fire, New Mexico, announced they will offer two-year passes at bargain rates.

A-Basin's Double Down pass (which can be purchased here) allows skiers to ski two seasons for $499, an especially good deal considering A-Basin has one of the longest ski seasons in America.

Angel Fire's $399 End of Days pass (a reference to the Mayan Calendar) will allow unlimited access to the mountain for this season, next season, and the summer between the two. The End of Days pass can be purchased here. The price goes up $100 after October 31.

We hope this trend spreads to other resorts.


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The Earliest Opening Date in History

You've likely heard the snowfall reports from around the country. Wyoming, Utah, Washington, California, and Colorado have all boasted early season dustings. But if you live in Colorado, the season officially starts tomorrow with Loveland opening at 9 a.m., beating out its rival Arapahoe Basin by a mere two days.

The view from the top of the East Wall is stunning. The resort and Loveland Pass lie below.

Anatomy: Arapahoe Basin's East Wall

Arapahoe Basin's East Wall finally opened last week and the mountain is skiing better than it has all season. Here's a look at some of our favorite lines on the East Wall—arguably the best in-bounds terrain Summit County, Colorado has to offer.

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The Life of a Legend

Leif Borgeson, the snow safety director at Arapahoe Basin, and the Chuck Norris of snow science, passed away recently. Calling him a legend isn’t an overstatement.

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Arapahoe Basin Closing Day

Colorado's Arapahoe Basin closed Sunday, June 6, as the last resort open in the state. The Beach, the Basin's notorious parking lot apres-ski spot, was full and there was plenty of end of season pond skimming to be had. Here are the photos.

Craig DiPietro, Somewhere between Keystone and Breck

The Hillbilly Haute Route

Who can afford to ski the real Haute Route during a recession? What we need is a domestic version, a tour connecting, say, nine ski areas in Colorado. It’s out there for any mountain yokel willing to hoist a heavy pack, bribe snowmobilers, and break trail where trails aren’t meant to be broken. It starts in luxury and ends with nearly rotten mayonnaise—conditions permitting.