3-8-19 Basch-Bretton Woods

Ski areas across the valley are beginning to introduce next season’s season pass rates. (BRETTON WOODS/SKI NH COURTESY PHOTO)

Ski areas are starting to roll out pricing on 2019-20 season passes.

Season passes are at their lowest now before staggered price increases take effect from mid-spring on depending on the mountain.

Generally, new season pass holders can use their passes this season, no doubt enjoying a marvelous March base into what’s looking like a bountiful spring. They also come with discounts, like reductions in ski area retail shops and day lift tickets for buddies. Many often include perks on summer attractions that may embrace sibling or partner mountains. Adult mid-week non-holiday passes are the best value as prime time Saturdays and holidays always cost more. Current season pass holders renewing now may see perks like a free daily lift ticket.

With no increase over this season’s prices, Attitash and Wildcat recently rolled out the Peak Pass options good at 10 Northeast resorts, including New Hampshire’s Crotched and Vermont’s Mount Snow.

Prices won’t increase until May 1 and there’s a payment plan of $99 down plus four more credit card payments over time for those who sign up by April 30.

The unlimited, no blackout adult Explorer Pass is $629 with youths (7 to 17) costing $399. The all-ages Ranger Pass with holiday blackouts is $529. The college friendly (18 to 29) Drifter is $399, while the all ages midweek, non-holiday budget-friendly Traveler option is $329. The 6 and under Scout plan is $60.

Cranmore also has a $99 down payment plan for passes by March 31. The lowest prices for Cranmore’s passes are until May 31. The adult no-blackout Happy Trails Black Diamond is $639 with teens and seniors at $409. The junior (6 to 12) rate is $309 while kids 5 and under and those 80-plus are $30. The non-holiday Happy Trails Blue pass is $429, $349 and $259 respectively.

The no black-out White Mountains Super Pass links Cranmore, Bretton Woods, Cannon and Waterville Valley. The adult version is $979 by May 31 with teens at $569 and juniors at $469.

The college version of that, College Super Pass, is $289 by May 31.

The Sun N Snow Pass, good at Cranmore and Bretton Woods, is valid Sunday through Friday with holidays excluded. All ages are $519 by May 31. Current Sun N Snow Pass holders renewing by April 16 get a free day ticket to Cranmore for next season.

At Bretton Woods, current season pass holders renewing by April 15 get a free lift ticket for a friend. Bretton Woods top shelf unlimited Winter Mountain Pass purchased by May 31 is $819 for adults, $499 for teens, $439 for juniors (5 to 12) and $25 for kids 4 and under. Seniors are $629 and those 80-plus pay $25. Preferred weekend and holiday parking are benefits for that pass.

The mid-week, non-holiday Expedition Pass is a reasonable $299 by May 31 for those aged 5 and over, while the Twilight Pass, good for night skiing from 2 p.m. is $199.

Sunday River is in the midst of a flash sale on season passes that wraps up March 10. They’ll roll out the next phase of prices March 11 which will be good until April 30. The River has a payment plan that starts with $50 down. Pay the pass in full and use it this season.

Sunday River’s New England Pass menu also valid at Sugarloaf and Loon includes a new offering — Nitro — good for ages 29 and under. At $349 during the sale, there are 12 blackout dates. Other passes include the unlimited adult Gold Plus at $1,399 that provides early Sunday lift access. The unlimited adult Gold at $1,119 is the resort’s most popular. The adult Silver at $739 has 12 black-out dates while the adult mid-week, non-holiday Bronze is $499. The College Gold is $369 for full-time students with the College Silver at $269. The unlimited Maine Student Sunday River Pass is $429 for Maine residents. The new Sunday River Infinity Pass priced at $3,999 is a fully transferable pass valid every day of the season. Use it for a run, a morning, a week. It’s up to you.

King Pine, Shawnee Peak and Black Mountain plan to post their prices to their web sites in the coming days.

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