Endless winter: Colorado ski resort pass throws in Argentina for free

Endless winter: Colorado ski resort pass throws in Argentina for free

Buy an Epic Pass for next year’s snow season at six resorts in Colorado and California and extend winter into summer by skiing or riding the slopes at one of Argentina’s largest ski resorts for free.

The 2010-11 pass from Vail Resorts, on sale now at the lowest price for next season, is good for free and unrestricted skiing and snowboarding at Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin resorts, as well as Heavenly at Lake Tahoe.

To take advantage of free skiing or boarding in Argentina, at the Las Leñas resort, you must buy or renew a pass and stay at one of the six hotels on the mountain. “You buy your pass this year, and you can ski Las Leñas this summer and next summer for free,” said Vail Resorts spokeswoman Kate Lessman.

Las Leñas (pictured), which opened in 1983, sits in the Andes Mountains in the western-central part of  the country about an hour and a half by air and 11 hours by car from Buenos Aires. It’s  known for having a good mix of slopes, from easy to extreme; “summer” snow conditions peak in July and August.

 To see what hotels cost at Las Leñas, I found a seven-night stay (July 3 to 10) for a single with breakfast and dinner (lift tickets included, though you wouldn’t need that if you had the Epic Pass) for $1,927 at the resort’s Piscis Hotel; airfare and transportation to and from the resort are not included.

The Epic Pass costs $599 for adults (13 and older) and $299 for children ages 5 to 12; prices are good through May 31. You also can put down $49 now for the pass and pay the balance in mid-September. Passes also will be honored this summer at the stateside resorts for sightseeing and gondola rides.

Feeling lucky? Vail Resorts is giving away a trip for two to Las Leñas if you buy a pass before May 9. The trip includes round-trip airfare as well as lodging and meals for two for five nights at Acuario Hotel between June 22 and July 2  and Aug. 17 and Sept. 30.

Contact: Epic Pass, (800) 842-8062

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo: Skiers and boarders who buy an Epic Pass this spring for next season can hit the slopes for free at Las Leñas resort in Argentina. Credit: Las Lenas

By LA Times

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