Taking Advantage of Student Status

It’s crunch time trying to figure out what season pass to get. I wanted check out what pass deals the resorts around Tahoe were offering and see what deals were best.

Mt. Rose: Mt. Rose has $199 College pass that they are offering that is completely unlimited. There are no blackout dates. All you need is a student ID.

Squaw: Squaw Valley offers a $349 college season pass. This gives access to both Alpine and Squaw. The black out dates are Dec. 26th-31st, Jan. 14th-15th, and Feb. 18th-19th. They require proof of student status. Here is what their website states, “Must be full time College Student (12 credits or more) during the 2011-2012 Winter Season. Must bring current school photo ID, copy of course registration, and an official signed letter from school registrar stating full- time status at an accredited college to pick up pass.

Northstar/Heavenly: The  College Tahoe Value Pass offers 7 days a week of skiing at Heavenly and Sunday to Friday at Northstar for $299. All you need is a current transcript and college ID. There are blackout dates for both passes.

Sugar Bowl: Sugar Bowl offers a $349 season pass for college students. They require you to be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits at a college or university and you must provide proof of enrollment. The blackout dates include: 12/26/11 – 1/1/12, 1/14 – 1/15/12, & 2/18 – 2/19/12.

Sierra-at-Tahoe: Their college pass is priced at $279 and you only have to be enrolled in 6 credits! Not a bad deal. And an added bonus for this college pass is there are no blackout dates!

Boreal: Boreal’s season pass is a very cheap $99, but it is only a Monday-Friday season pass. Holidays are included but weekends are not. Like Squaw, Boreal requires a student id, schedule and a note from the registrar proving current enrollment in 9 credits.

Kirkwood/Alpine/Homewood Triple Threat Pass: There are two options here. There is a $199 Monday-Friday pass and a $329 unlimited pass. While the pass says it is “unlimited” dont think you’ve got a pass valid every day all winter. here are the blackout dates for both.

“Unlimited Triple Threat season passes are not valid at Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resorts on the following days during winter 2011-2012: Dec. 26-31, 2011; Jan. 14-15, 2012; and Feb. 18-19, 2012. Unlimited Triple Threat season passes are valid every day including holidays at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.”

“Limited Triple Threat season passes are not valid at Alpine Meadows, Homewood and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts on the following days during winter 2011-2012: all Saturdays and Sundays; Dec. 26-31, 2011; Jan. 14-16, 2012; and Feb. 18-20, 2012.”

Homewood: They currently do not offer a college pass.

There are a lot of great offers around Tahoe. With all these choices it’s tough to say which one is best. It all depends on when and where you want to ski.



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