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‘Bout Time To Start Thinking About Season Passes at Ski Resorts in High Country

Compiled by Jesse Wood

Can you believe October is almost here?

The arrival of fall means it’s a good time to start thinking about season passes at the local ski and snowboard resorts – especially if you want an early-bird deal. Some of the resort’s season membership sales won’t start until next week, while another offers discounts that end on Sunday.

Check out details on the season passes below.

AppSkiMtnLogoAppalachian Ski Mtn.

Discounted membership passes at Appalachian Ski Mtn. end prior to Oct. 1. In addition, ASM offers nights-only season passes, VIP upgrades, 5 x 7 pass, season locker and equipment rentals and more.

With a season membership, you can ski all winter long for the price of about 8 ski tickets. Drop in anytime, when you only have the time to ski for an hour or two, and take advantage of your chance to ski without worrying about the cost of an unused ticket. Membership benefits include free parking and a gated members’ parking area closest to the lodge. ASM also offers season ice skating memberships, as well as season ski rentals and season lockers.

With the early-bird discount in place, currently individual season pass memberships at ASM are as follows:

  • Adults – $475
  • Students – $405
  • Juniors – $360
  • Seniors – $360
  • Children (5 & Under with paid parent)

See also family season membership deals prior to Oct. 1:

  • $740 for 1st and 2nd person
  • $315 for 3rd person
  • $220 for 4th and additional

Also, ASM offers nights-only season passes, VIP upgrades, 5 x 7 pass, season locker and equipment rentals and more.

Click here to view all of ASM’s seasonal offerings.

ASM is also giving away a ’16-17 season membership at the resort’s Pre-season Sale that takes place Oct. 14-23 in a raffle. Click to ASM’s website for more details on the sale that takes place at Slopeside.

Beech Mountain Resort

Beech Mountain Resort LogoIt’s that time again! Beech Mountain Resort’s “super saver” sale is back! Beginning at midnight on Oct. 3, a limited quantity of season passes will be available at the discount rate of just $400. These passes provide unlimited skiing and snowboarding for the entire 2016-2017 season.

Only 200 of these super saver passes will be sold, so be sure to order quickly because once they sold out, they’re gone for good. Buy online here!

Beech Mountain Resort is set for a great season thanks to a busy summer of upgrades.  The resort’s largest investment was the construction of a new slope, which will be dedicated to the terrain park. The newly-constructed facility is the largest terrain park in resort history. The park will have a dedicated snowmaking system, new light towers, and a surface tow lift.  Keep in mind that only 200 passes will be released Oct. 3, so be sure to order yours!

Another nice option for regular skiers and snowboarders is renting a locker for the season. Season lockers are available for just $125. The lockers are located in a private locker room in the Beech Tree Village. The room features 93 individual/family lockers and is a short walking distance to everything. Locker season pass holders enjoy private bathroom and door access at an annual rate of only $125 per locker.  Please remember that you must purchase a locker before your locker number/location is final.

You may purchase season passes online or over the phone.

Call 1.800.438.2093 for more information or click here: http://www.beechmountainresort.com

Sugar Mountain Resort

smrlogoSugar Mountain Resort 2016-2017 winter season pass is on sale.

Want to be able to ski (or ride) anytime, day or night…the entire winter season? Then you need a season pass! And what better time to buy one than right now, while they’re on sale!

Sugar Mountain Resort’s winter pass automatically includes deals for family members. Below are the prices if you buy a pass before Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.

  • 1st Family Member: $685
  • 2nd Family Member: $493
  • Additional Family Members $364

Sugar Mountain Resort also offers winter passes for tubing ($250 for upgrade general pass), ice skating ($250 for upgrade general pass), Tubing and Ice Skating ($300 for upgrade general pass. Standalone passes cost $300 and $350.

Seasonal locker rentals cost $120 for small and $150 for large lockers.

To order your season pass, call 800-sugarmt x 261. Click here to visit Sugar Mountain Resort’s website.

NCSAA Gold Card


Gold Cards are a product of the North Carolina Ski Areas Association (NCSAA) and allow the purchaser to ski and/or snowboard at all participating North Carolina Ski Areas.

The areas are:

  • Sapphire Valley Ski Area
  • Beech Mountain Resort
  • Appalachian Ski Mtn
  • Sugar Mountain Resort
  • Cataloochee Ski Area
  • Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Gold Cards are sold in limited number, 100, and the cost for the 2016-2017 ski/snowboard season is $850. There are no “blackout” dates for the Gold Card. The purchaser may ski/snowboard at any resort during any session regardless of holiday/weekend rates. Previous Gold Card holders have the opportunity each summer to purchase a Gold Card for the upcoming ski/snowboard season before they go on sale to the general public on Aug. 1.

If you are interested in more information or in purchasing a Gold Card, please contact the Gold Card coordinator at 828-898-4521 x 261 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. It is very important that you fill out your application entirely, including signature!