College season passes in Vermont make me want to hit the books again!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 08:22 PM

College-aged skiers and riders take to the mountains of northern Vermont.



College-aged skiers and riders take to the mountains of northern VermontDid you know Vermont has more colleges per capita than any other state? It's true. And all those students are now cramming for one of the most important assignments they will have this year: selecting a season pass from a range of college ski pass deals.

Here in northern Vermont, St. Michael's College students actually receive season passes to Smugglers' Notch as part of their tuition packages. Regularly Smuggs sells its college passes for $319.

Champlain College provides full-time students "in good standing" with a $30 season's pass to Sugarbush's Mt. Ellen. Not too shabby.

Middlebury College students shell out only $140 for season passes at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. With a Snow Bowl pass they also get discounts at Sugarbush ski resort.

But wait, there are more skiing and riding deals to tempt college students:

  • The Triple Major College Pass: You get unrestricted acccess to Mad River Glen, Bolton Valley and Jay Peak with no blackout dates. These passes are available to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students. (Don't forget to present a valid student ID and a letter from your school's registrar when picking up your pass or you'll be sent back to campus!) The price is just $269 through November 10 ($369 after) plus 6% Vermont sales tax.
  • Stowe 7 Day Plus College Passes: Available to full-time students, these passes are valid every day of the season. (Again, don't forget the original signed and embossed letter from the college registrar stating full-time status and a valid picture ID.) The price is $399 until October 24. $450 after.
  • Sugarbush College & Graduate All Mountain-7 Passes: This offers a nice perk for newly graduated students (class of 2008) as well as full-time college students. It's valid every day of the season and an official letter or transcript certified by registrar is required. The cost: $319 through November 9; $419 after.
  • Burke Mountain Student Pass: Burke makes an unrestricted pass available to all full-time students between the ages of 6 and 24. Added benefits include retail, rental and ski instruction discounts at the mountain. Students can score a season pass for $369 through November 1; $399 after.
  • Killington College Pass: $399 and a personal letter from the Pope gets you a season pass at Killington. OK, not really from the Pope, but rather a couple of pieces of official correspondence from your college registrar. Check their site for the list of requirements and then get ready to ski any day of the season.
  • Ascutney Resort College Pass: I see that Ascutney, on the New Hampshire border, has a $199 (plus tax) season pass for full-time undergraduate and graduate college students. That's a great deal for a pass that is valid seven days a week all season long.

So, what are you waiting for college students? Better not procrastinate on this particular assignment; your winter depends on it!

Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ascutney, Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Season pass, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

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