Wolf Creek is one of 22 resorts on the Colorado Gold Pass. Photo credit
Did you know that clients and supporters of the Golden Group ski for free? If you’re reading this blog post, that could be you!
Every year, we purchase the Gold Pass, which provides unlimited access to 22 Colorado ski resorts. The best part? The pass is fully transferable, which means anyone wearing our wooden medallion necklace skis or rides for free.
The Gold Pass is valid at non-Vail resorts, including:
- Arapahoe Basin
- Aspen Highlands
- Aspen Mountain
- Aspen Buttermilk
- Copper Mountain
- Echo Mountain
- Granby Ranch
- Winter Park
- Wolf Creek
This is a great opportunity for you to ski or ride a different mountain. Epic and Ikon pass holders should be particularly stoked to explore new terrain!
Curious what these lesser-known resorts are all about? Here’s five resorts on the Gold Pass worth checking out.
Loveland is one of Colorado’s highest ski areas with a summit of 13,010 feet. Photo credit
Sure, we could talk about Loveland’s free cat skiing, short drive from Golden, easy parking, new high-speed quad, long season (which lasts from October to May), or 400 inches of snow it gets every year – more than any front range or summit county resort. But the real gem at Loveland is the Rathskeller, a legendary apres haunt with cheap beers and chili dogs. “It’s like drinking in your grandma’s basement.”
Season dates: Oct. 15, 2019 – May 5, 2020
Skiable area: 1,800 acres
Echo Mountain is open Saturdays from 9am to 9pm. Photo credit
Only 45 minutes from Golden, Echo Mountain is the closest skiing you’ll get on the Gold Pass. The resort has changed identities over the years, going from a terrain park to a private ski racing facility to what it is today: a small and affordable family resort. The terrain is perfect for beginners, which when combined with the short drive and lift-side parking, makes Echo a smart choice for kids. The resort also offers tubing and night skiing.
Season dates: Nov. 29, 2019 – Apr. 12, 2020
Skiable area: 60 acres
Ski Cooper has jaw-dropping views of Colorado’s two highest peaks. Photo credit
Just 10 miles north of Leadville, Ski Cooper is an uncrowded resort with powder stashes for days. It offers 470 acres of inbound skiing, plus 2,600 acres of open powder bowls and trees, accessible via snowcat. Ski Cooper is best known for its laid back vibe. Expect friendly staff, affordable rates and zero crowds. The mountain just surpassed 200 inches this year so go get those freshies!
Season dates: Nov. 30, 2019 – Apr. 12, 2020
Skiable area: 470 acres
Check Eldora’s website for parking updates on weekends and powder days. Photo credit
As Boulder’s closest ski resort, Eldora can get crowded. Like, the mountain is full – go home crowded. Especially on weekends and powder days. But catch Eldora on the right day and you’ll get a relaxed atmosphere with a nice variety of runs. The naturally progressive terrain means the easiest learning terrain is on the east side, with progressively harder terrain as you move west. This makes Eldora a great slope for learners and rippers alike.
Season dates: Nov. 01, 2019 – Apr. 12, 2020
Skiable area: 680 acres
Sunlight offers affordable ski lessons and 50% beginner and intermediate terrain. Photo credit
Locals love Sunlight for its free parking, cheap prices, no crowds and great skiing and snowboarding. Visitors love it for all those reasons, plus its close proximity to Glenwood Springs where $100 hotel rooms, a cool historic downtown and the world’s largest mineral hot springs await. Much like the other resorts in this post, skiing at Sunlight is a chill proposition. All 67 trails lead back to the lodge where food, beersies and high fives are never far away.
Season dates: Dec. 13, 2019 – Apr. 5, 2020
Skiable area: 680 acres
Want to reserve the Gold Pass for a day or two? If you’re part of the Golden Group network, email us at [email protected] to inquire about pass availability. Consider it a small thank you for reading our blog 🙂