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VR, Frontier offer fly-ski pass

Cliff Thompson

Colorado skiers who take advantage of a unique new ski and fly package through Frontier Airlines and Vail Resorts may just find it Heavenly.

The joint Vail Resorts/ Frontier Airlines package is dubbed “The Ultimate Ski Pass.” It features round trip flights from Denver to Reno, and unlimited snowboarding and skiing at Vail Resorts’ five ski area for $2,999 per person plus $299 in taxes and fees.

For California and Nevada skiers, there’s a $999 “Triple Play” with three trips from Reno into Denver and unlimited skiing at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.

Skiers holding the Colorado Pass, Buddy Pass and Keystone Pass can save 50 percent on lift tickets at Heavenly this season and can fly round-trip on Frontier from Denver to Reno for $199 per person.

“We’re excited to partner with Colorado’s hometown airline, Frontier, to offer two of the best deals out there for skier and snowboarders who frequent our resorts,” said Chris Jarnot, vice president of marketing and sales for Vail Resorts.

The package brings the number of ski destinations served by Frontier to 40 and makes it easier to get to Heavenly, which is near Lake Tahoe. Vail Resorts purchased Heavenly for approximately $100 million in the spring of 2002.

“We intend to make this a winter to remember for skier throughout our network of destinations,” said Sean Menke of Frontier Airlines.

The Ultimate Season Pass is valid from any city served by Frontier Airlines or Frontier JetExpress to Denver or Reno. It requires a Friday or Saturday night stay for each trip. There are restricted dates: Dec. 19, 2003 to Jan 3, 2004; Feb. 14 to 20 2004 and March 13 to 27, 2004.

Denver-based Frontier has 40 aircraft and is the second largest air carrier behind United Ailrlines at Denver International Airport.

For California and Nevada skiers the deal will make it easier for to visit Vail Resorts’ four Colorado’s resorts. Three of those, Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge, were ranked in the top 10 of SKI magazines “Top 60 Resort Guide,” released last month.

Vail Resorts operates Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly in the Lake Tahoe area. It also operates 10 luxury RockResorts across the country; the Teton Lodge in Jackson, Wyo. and has real estate and development subsidiaries. It is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under MTN.

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