Every year, trade group Colorado Ski Country celebrates some of the more low-key slopes with a pretty sweet deal. Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Monarch Mountain are three of the 11 sites included on the Gems Card. For $30, you decide on two two-for-one lift tickets or two 30% off passes at any of the 11 ski areas.
While we’re on the topic of Colorado’s “gems,” it should go without saying that these are generally cheaper than the bigger, glossier resorts. Along with the aforementioned trio, think Leadville’s Ski Cooper, Boulder County’s Eldora Mountain Resort, Echo Mountain just west of Denver and Wolf Creek in the southern San Juans.
No matter where you go, you’ll want to book tickets online in advance. And avoid holidays.