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Ski resorts offering deals on next-season passes

It's never too early: Ski resorts offer deals on next-season passes

The 2015-16 “Cali4nia” Pass, which provides unlimited access to Mammoth Mountain, Bear Mountain, June Mountain and Snow Summit, is now on sale for $689. If purchased by April 6, skiers and snowboarders will get a $100 resort credit for use on lessons, equipment, lodging, dining and shopping. Pass holders also will receive discounted lift tickets for friends and family. For more information and to purchase the pass, go to Mammoth Mountain's website or call (800) 626-6684.

Skiers and riders also can take advantage of the Epic Local Pass to resorts at Park City, Utah; Lake Tahoe and Colorado for $579. The pass, which has some restrictions, provides access to the Park City Mountain Resort, which is being combined with the neighboring Canyons Resort to create the largest ski-and-snowboard area in the nation, at 7,300 acres.

The pass also give holders access on the lifts at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado (including 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek) and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe.  

For $769, the Epic Pass features unlimited skiing and riding at all the resorts. A $49 payment by April 12 locks in the guaranteed lowest price for next winter.

Last but not least, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows at Lake Tahoe is offering a first-ever “worry-free guarantee” to those who purchase its 2015-16 Gold or Silver Tahoe Super Pass. The guarantee means skiers and riders can roll over up to four unused days during the 2015-16 winter season as credit toward the purchase of a 2016-17 Tahoe Super Pass.

Gold and Silver Pass holders will be able to ski and ride limited days at Sugar Bowl and Sierra at Tahoe. The Gold version costs $790 if purchased before May 7; the Silver pass costs $560 if purchased before May 7.

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