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Aug
2016
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Skiing & Riding

Last Call on the Best Pass Prices

As the summer winds down and Labor Day approaches, now is the time to think snow!  Though the wintery weather months may seem far off, they are, in fact, right around the corner. From now until September 5, you can get winter passes to enjoy everything snow-centered at the best possible price.

Think a pass isn’t for you? Maybe you will only be here for a few weeks this winter or you like to both downhill and cross country ski and you don’t want to commit to a full pass? Then you should consider the 15-Day option. Right now, you can secure up to 15 days of skiing/riding on Baldy and Dollar with no restrictions, blackout dates or per week limitations. You also receive 50 percent off full day window rate on any additional days with no blackouts. You may upgrade your 15-Day Pass to a Full Season Pass at any time (the cost will reflect the pricing of the Season Pass at the time of the upgrade, not time of original purchase). Right now, the 15-Day pass is only $1100.  This is the pass I chose this year, as it provides great flexibility and lots of days on the mountain. I can’t wait to start using my days!


Though winter feels like a long way away, soon enough we will all be enjoying some of this! Now is the best time to get your pass for the winter season and save

If you will not be in Sun Valley over popular vacation breaks, but in early or late winter, then the Early/Late Pass may be for you. For $375, you can enjoy unlimited skiing and riding from opening day through December 16, 2016 and again from March 20, 2017 to closing day. This is the perfect way to start and end the season.

Planning to spend considerable time here this winter? Then a full season pass is the way to go. The full Challenger Season Pass is priced right now at $2100 and will get you unlimited skiing/riding on Bald and Dollar Mountains for the 2016 - 2017 winter season. There is also a Young Adult version of this pass for skiers and riders who are 29 years old or younger, currently on sale for $1200. All Challenger Season Pass holders also receive 50 percent off single day window-rate lift tickets at all Mountain Collective™ resorts (unlimited, passholder only), two 50 percent off ‘family & friends’ discount winter lift tickets - no blackout dates, unlimited skiing/riding at Snowbasin Resort in Utah, discounted hotel rates at Grand America and Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City (on a space available basis), and 50 percent off a Summer 2016 Season Lift Pass at time of pass purchase.


Whether you will ski and ride early and late, for 15 days, on Baldy or Dollar, or every day of the glorious season, there is a pass for you

If you are a college student, love the Terrain Park on Dollar, or are a senior, options abound. For instance, for the littlest shredders or those who can’t get enough air on the Superpipe, a Dollar season pass is currently on sale for $329.  

Buying a pass early also entitles you to a great perk – you can pay over time. If you purchase your Challenger Season Pass, Young Adult Pass, 15-Day Pass, or College Season Pass through September 5, you can be charged in installments through November 15. For instance, with this option, for the 15-Day Pass, you will be charged a $119 down payment and  three additional installments of $327. Easy! All Sun Valley pass prices include state and local option taxes.


Run, don’t walk to River Run or the Recreation Office – or just log on – to get your pass before prices go up September 5

Don’t forget to purchase your Mountain Collective Pass, as well – an option that gets you 28 days at 14 iconic ski destinations plus 50 percent off additional days. Just added -- Telluride, Colorado, and Revelstoke, British Columbia. Ski two days each at these fabulous resorts then travel to Aspen Snowmass, Alta Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Sun Valley, Stowe, Whistler Blackcomb, Taos, Thredbo, and New Zealand with Ski Queenstown / Coronet Peak / The Remarkables. Buy now for $409 with kid’s passes for just $99. If you’ve wanted an excuse to try some of the best skiing around, this is certainly the way to make it as easy, and affordable, as possible.


Don’t forget to grab a Mountain Collective Pass, too, to make this your best winter season ever

The River Run pass office will be open daily through Labor Day. Passes can also be purchased in person at the Sun Valley Village Recreation Office every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, please call Sun Valley Lift Ticketing at (208) 622-6136 or email lifttickets@sunvalley.com. Passes are also available online HERE.

There is so much going on for Labor Day weekend, with parades, picnics, and concerts, but don’t forget to think winter or you will miss a great deal on an amazing pass!


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