Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Show up, ski for free.
Simple as that.
The opening day of a new ski season is usually quite a
bash.
Resorts often host champagne toasts and ceremonial rides on the
season's first chairlift up the hill, as well as the usual lively après ski
scene with barbecues and live bands.
One Colorado local even camped outside in
the parking lot at the Loveland Ski Area just to get bragging rights for being
on the first chair of the season in the Rockies, back on October 29.
The opening day of another Colorado mountain, Crested Butte, is scheduled
for Wednesday, November 25 (the day before Thanksgiving), and there's extra
reason for skiers and snowboarders to be excited—because lift passes are
100%, no-strings-attached free for all.
A free opening day has come to be tradition for Crested Butte.
It's got a
fairly remote location, outside of Gunnison, and as such it doesn't have to
worry as much about the gigantic crowds drawn to ski mountains closer to big
cities.
One can only imagine the mob scene that would result if a resort
within driving distance of Denver, or perhaps Boston, decided to offer free
lift tickets.
Every year, Crested Butte has a special theme to go with opening day, and
the 2015 edition is a pirate theme.
"Wear your best Pirate costume and join
the festivities" for a special First Chair celebration with a Champagne
toast at 9 a.m., the resort site proclaims.
(To clarify, pirate gear is
encouraged, but not required for free lift tickets.) The early season deals
at Crested Butte continue past opening day, mind you.
From Thanksgiving
through December 18, kids ages 12 and under ski free, with no lodging stay or
other purchase required.
While this is one of the best early season ski deals, it's hardly the only
one.
Diehards may show up on opening day and in the weeks between Thanksgiving
and Christmas, but for the most part, this is an extremely slow period for ski
resorts.
Understandably, then, deals on lift tickets and lodging abound to
drum up business before peak season arrives.
This article originally appeared on money.com.
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