Hitting the Slopes on a Student Budget

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One of the main attractions of CU Denver is the close proximity to the mountains. Popular ski resorts are only a short drive up I-70 from central Denver, and many of our students take advantage of the opportunity to hit the slopes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned skier or a beginner, hitting up the slopes is a must during the winter months. If you’re worried that skiing is out of your price range, then we’ve got news for you. Here is our little cheat sheet on how to head up to the mountains while staying within your budget.

Passes
A lot of students choose to buy a pass at the beginning of the season, which makes sense if you’re a heavy skier (or snowboarder). If you go up 2 or 3 times a month then the pass will begin to pay for itself. The Rocky Mountain Super Pass ™ Plus College Pass comes at a discounted rate for students and gives you access to some of the best resorts.

If you’re not ready to buy a pass, then right now is the time to look for discounted lift tickets. Because we live in Colorado, we get front row access to some great deals. Businesses like Shell gas stations and Wells Fargo run lift ticket promotions for those who do business with them. Or you can jump online to Liftopia.com. This website features discounted lift tickets for almost all of the resorts.

Gear
If you’re new to the area and don’t quite have all the necessary gear to hit the slopes then don’t worry! There isn’t a lot of room in the dorms anyway to keep gear, so renting is a solid option. You can find affordable ski rentals at Christy Sports, REI, and Sports Authority. Groupon and Living Social will occasionally have great specials on ski rentals.

Transportation
CU Denver is located right in the city, so it makes sense if you don’t have a car. Luckily it’s fairly easy to catch a ride up to the slopes. If you and your friends need a ride up to the resorts then check out the Colorado Mountain Express shuttle. This service will take you to any resort, and there is a discount rate for groups of three or more!

Don’t miss out on the main winter attraction here in Colorado. At CU Denver, we believe going out and exploring is just as important as studying, so balance your week out with work and play.

January 19, 2014 | Denver Lifestyle, Outdoors