Top 5 ways to get a FREE Vail Resorts season pass.

Top 5 ways to get a FREE Vail Resorts season pass.

With season pass prices starting as low as $359 for skiing every day, all day next ski season (at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin) there’s no reason to not buy a Vail Resorts season pass. The Epic Pass returns at last year’s fall pricing of $599 for all-you-can ski and ride at six world-class mountains for next season (2010-2011), the Summit Pass is just $409 for unlimited unrestricted skiing at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin and a new Epic 7-Pack debuts at $449 for seven unrestricted days at six world-class mountains.

Even though these are some of the best deals in the ski/snowboard industry, we understand that you might not have all 59,900 pennies sloshing around in your piggy bank right now (for a $599 brand spanking new Epic Pass). Don’t fret. Vail Resorts is offering a down payment plan. Just $49 now locks in the lowest guaranteed prices for any of the Vail Resorts passes. Then, you can pay the remainder of the balance in the fall before the start of the ski season.

Or, if you’re looking for the ultimate deal – a free pass – why not enter a video contest, tweet snow photos next season, get hitched or get a job at Vail Resorts. Here are our top 5 ways to score a FREE Vail Resorts season pass for the ski and snowboard season.

1. Get a Job. At Vail Resorts.
One of the best perks of working for Vail Resorts is a free six-mountain employee season pass for yourself, as well as for your dependents. That’s right. You get your dream mountain job plus a pass that’s good for skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, as well as Heavenly in California/Nevada. And, you also get one of the best benefits packages in the industry that includes comprehensive health insurance, free ski/snowboard lessons, professional development opportunities and more. SkiJob1.com

2. Ready. Set. Action. Film yourself in action and enter to win Two Epic Passes, thanks to the Rock Resorts video contest. Film yourself in action on the slopes or on the snowshoe trail with a helmet cam or with your video camera, then submit the video and get your friends to rock the RockResorts Facebook vote. The submission with the most “likes” on the RockResorts’ facebook page wins two free Epic Passes. Deadline to enter is April 15 (yep, tax day). Details at RockResorts.Com

3. Get married at Keystone.
Say “I Do” between now and Nov. 30, 2010 and you and your spouse will receive a gift from Vail Resorts: two free Summit Passes for unlimited, unrestricted skiing and snowboarding at Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin for the 2010-2011 season. The offer is only valid for couples who hold their wedding at an owned or managed Keystone venue. To say “I Do,” visit www.keystoneresort.com.

4. Get adopted or get hitched. Become a dependent or spouse of a Vail Resorts employee
Marry a Vail Resorts employee or get adopted by a Vail Resorts employee and you’ll be eligible for a free dependents pass. We suggest you visit www.match.com … Seriously, contact Vail Resorts’ human resources if you are married to a Vail Resorts employee or are already a dependent of a Vail Resorts employee. Or, see tip #1 and join the Vail Resorts crew. SkiJob1.Com

5. Join the Snow Squad.
Think you have what it takes? Can you tweet on a chairlift? Blog about an epic powder day? Get people buzzing about the World Pond Skimming Championships? Then, you might be one of the few, the proud, the members of the elite Buzz Snow Squad. Starting April 1, you can vie for a coveted spot on the new Snow Squad. All you need to do is submit a 3-minute (or less) video telling us why you should become a member of the new Snow Squad. Then, get out the vote for your vid and you might be chosen to blog, tweet, take photos and video for Buzz.Snow.Com at five of the best resorts next ski/snowboard season. Remember, the contest starts April 1.

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