Ski areas already selling next year’s New England passes

Posted March 15, 2011, at 2:36 p.m.

NEWRY, Maine – Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski areas in Maine and Loon Mountain in New Hampshire have announced pricing for the popular New England Pass and College New England Pass, both of which will be honored during the 2011-12 season.

The passes are now available via the Internet and at each participating resort. This year’s annual spring sale period features a new payment plan for guests who buy passes before the April 30 deadline.

With the new payment plan, guests can pay just $50 at the time of purchase to lock in the spring-sale pricing, and then complete the purchase in four equal, automatic installments on June 1, July 1, Aug. 1, and Sept. 1. The payment plan option is available for phone, mail, or in-person purchases only, through April 30.

Also new for the 2011/2012 season, the three resorts will offer a “Graduate Pass.” Any recent college graduate who had a 2010-2011 New England College Pass is eligible to purchase the Graduate Pass, which offers unlimited skiing and riding at all three mountains, at a lower rate than the standard adult Gold New England Pass.

With prices starting at $369 for access to a combined total of 337 trails; 1,960 acres; 16 terrain parks; and six halfpipes; all served by 43 lifts, the resorts bill the New England Pass as the best value in the northeast.

Each New England Pass also includes free or discounted skiing or snowboarding at Boyne Resorts’ Western mountains, including Big Sky, Mont.., Brighton, Utah., Crystal Mountain, Wash.,Cypress Mountain, British Columbia; Boyne Mountain,Michigan., Boyne Highlands, Mich., and The Summit at Snoqualmie, Wash.

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The three levels of the New England Pass available for purchase include the bronze New England Pass, an all-ages pass that sells for $369 and includes midweek, non-holiday access. The silver pass ($629) is for adults age 19 through 64 and includes access for every day of the season, save 13 black-out dates. The gold pass ($949), also for adults, is an unrestrricted season pass for the three resorts.

Senior, junior and teen passes are also available.

The College New England Pass offers unrestricted skiing and riding to full-time college students, and is available for $349 until Nov. 30.

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