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Still plenty of mountain deals to be had

If you haven't yet, it might be time to start unpacking your winter clothes. It might even be time to think about putting snow tires on your car.

Or it might be time to unpack your winter clothes, put snow tires on your car and do something really useful, like head to the mountains for some skiing and snowboarding.

At this time of the season, some ski resorts offer season passes for early birds. And then there are the student discounts. If you plan on hitting the slopes regularly, the season pass is always going to be a better deal than buying a bunch of single tickets.

Some resorts offering season passes are:

Arapahoe Basin

Season passes run around $259, and will be sold until they're gone, which is usually in December. Call 970/468-0718 or visit arapahoebasin.com for more information and to buy tickets.

Breckenridge

A major perk for purchasing season passes for Breckenridge: They're also valid at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. The regular-season prices are available starting at $409; $449 will get you access to 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek, too. Must purchase by Sunday, Nov. 18. Contact 888/215-3867 or visit snow.com/passsales for more details.

Copper

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Copper offers two options for the season pass. The first is the standard season pass, which is valid only for Copper and is priced at $369. The second option is the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus, which, for $509, gets you access to Copper, Winter Park and Steamboat. Season pass prices are good until Sunday, November 18, so call 866/416-9869 or visit passwagon.com soon to get yours.

Echo Mountain

If you're looking to head to the mountains, but don't feel like driving all day to get there, consider Echo Mountain. Located 35 minutes west of downtown Denver in Idaho Springs, Echo Mountain features a season pass valued at $139, lighted areas for night skiing or snowboarding, and terrain for every skill level. Call 303/325-7347 or visit echomtnpark.com for more details.

Loveland

Season passes for Loveland start at $319, and will raise in price on Nov. 23. See skiloveland.com or call 303/569-3203 for more details.

Monarch

Monarch offers season passes for high school and college students (with valid school ID) for $329. Adult passes are $399. Call 888/996-7669 for more information or visit skimonarch.com.

Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper offers alternatives to the full season pass, with 2-, 3- and 4-day passes for those who don't plan on hitting the slopes as much. If you are thinking of a season pass, it'll cost just $260. Call 800/707-6114 or visit skicooper.com for more.

Compiled by Sydney Hamilton

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