While most North American ski resorts are wrapping up their snow seasons and preparing for the summer weather, skiers and boarders are stashing away their gear and setting their sights on sunshine. But before you move on to water skiing and wake boarding, save yourself a ton of money and buy your ski season pass for 2014/15 now. Season passes are at their lowest prices across the board, so buy soon and come December you’ll be glad you did.
Editor’s note: rates listed below are for adults. Check with each mountain, as age constraints vary.
Gold New England Pass—access to Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Loon Mountain. Benefits include discounts on friends lift tickets, retail and a $15 early season tune-up. Current price: $999, price increases after April 30. Special reduced rates for college students and recent graduates who purchased a 2013/14 season pass.
Ski3—access to Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre. Discounts and perks are different for each mountain. Current price: $759, price increases after April 25.
White Mountain Super Pass—access to Bretton Woods, Cannon, Cranmore and Waterville Valley. Includes discounts on friends lift tickets and retail. Current price: $949, price increases after May 31.
4.0 College Pass—access to Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Killington and Pico. Pass incentives include 5 buddy passes, which will get a college friend 50 percent off their lift ticket. Buying before April 30 earns you additional discounts. Current price: $379, price increases after December 15.
Epic—access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin. Benefits include international ski passes, discounts for friends and summer chairlift rides. Current price: $729, buy before 4/13 to keep discounts for friends.
Mountain Collective—two days access to each of the following resorts: Alta/Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb. Benefits include 50 percent off additional days, lodging discounts and two days at select international mountains. Current price: $359, price increases at an unspecified date.
Rocky Mountain Superpass—access to Winter Park Resort, Copper and limited access to Steamboat, Crested Butte and Mt. Ruapehu. Benefits include discounted lift tickets for friends and family. Current price:$439, price increases at an unspecified date.
Ski Salt Lake Superpass—access to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude. Benefits include some free transportation and discounted rentals. Current prices vary depending on the length of days you purchase. Price may increase at an unspecified date.