Best for westerners: Epic Local Pass
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The Deal Unlimited skiing at the second-tier Vail ResortsBreckenridge, Keystone, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Arapahoe Basin – with limited access to Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood, and 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek each.

Pros It's cheaper than the regular Epic Pass, and it starts to pay off after just four ski days.

Cons Holiday blackout days at top spots Vail, Beaver Creek, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood.

Best for anyone who lives in or near Colorado's Front Range or Lake Tahoe. If you're based in San Francisco or Denver – or you want the Epic Pass and can't afford it – this is the perfect solution. [$549;]