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Deals and Steals

With downhill skiing winding down for the winter (Mission's last day is April 7), it's time to ponder your strategy for keeping skiing affordable next season. If, like us, you're a dollar pincher, you'll want to keep in mind that the cheapest prices for a pass will be obtained by purchasing before June 1.

Before June 1, seasons passes for the 2013-14 season at Mission will run $349 for adults (ages 25 to 61), $199 for young adults (13 to 24), $139 for youth (7 -12), and $199 for seniors (62-69). College passes will run $199 for skiers of all ages if they show proof of enrollment. On June 1, prices bump up another $75 for adults and another $60 for most other age groups.

Seasons pass prices at Mission continue to be one of the better ski bargains going. The 2013-14 seasons pass for adults cost about $20 more than last year's price, but the other age categories are about 15 percent lower than last year's early season prices. Comparing Mission’s pass prices to other places also makes it apparent that we’ve got a good thing going around here.  Here's what adult passes elsewhere around the West cost for the coming season:

  • Mission Ridge: $349 ($425 after 6/1)
  • Stevens Pass: Anytime pass: $499, $799 after 11/1. Weekday pass: $299, $499 after 11/1
  • Crystal Mountain: $649, $899 after 11/1
  • Mt. Baker: $780
  • Schweitzer Mountain: $629, $749 after 6/1
  • Hood Meadows (2012 prices): $524, $999 after 11/4
  • Mt. Bachelor: $829, $1,029 after 10/1
  • Whistler/Blackcomb: $1,489, $1,795 after 10/9
  • Sun Valley: $1,949
  • Vail: $689

The skiing may be cheap at Mission Ridge, but the views are anything but.