The GEMS are Colorado’s best hidden treasures. Free of paid parking, free of crowds, free of lift lines, free of hassles. With down-to-earth prices, these resorts offer instant access to world-class terrain. The Gems are perfect for those seeking the authentic Colorado skiing or snowboarding experience, and the GEMS CARD is the ultimate way to begin your Colorado adventure. 

Gems Cards

2017-18 Gems Cards sales will open in August 2017.


What is a Gems Card?

The Gems Card provides either two 2-for-1 adult lift tickets or two 30% off adult lift tickets at each of the Nine Colorado Gems Resorts. Use your Gems Card for either two BOGOs, two 30% discounts, or one of each deal at all nine Gems resorts. 

The gems card gives twice the value and double the options for just $25!

Restrictions: One 2-for-1 or discounted ticket per cardholder per day. All tickets issued are valid for same-day use only. Card is non-transferable. Photo ID and Gems Card required at ticket window. Card holder must be present. No cash value. Discount not valid with any other discount tickets, pass products, offers or promotions. Blackouts apply. Lost or stolen Gems Cards will not be reissued.

Blackout Dates: December 17, 2016 - January 1, 2018.

Expires: April 15, 2018.

Gems Resorts

Arapahoe Basin Black and White Logo


Located high on the beautiful Continental Divide just over an hour from Denver, Arapahoe Basin boasts the longest ski season in Colorado, turning the lifts from late-October to early June (and sometimes July! - weather permitting). Enjoy legendary big mountain skiing with a small mountain feel: an authentic, laid-back vibe, iconic terrain and fun, free events throughout the season. Glide down our mellow learning areas and rolling blue groomers, or test your legs with A-Basin’s Pallavicini and East Wall terrain – some of the most heart-pounding steep terrain in ski country. Grab your grill and spend your ski day on “The Beach,” our free slopeside parking area, or après with us at the 6th Alley Bar & Grill. Bring the kids for an affordable all-day Snowsports lesson, and explore 960 acres of pure Colorado skiing. You can find what you’re looking for this winter at Arapahoe Basin.

Cooper Heart Logo

Enjoy a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere, without lift lines or pretense!  You’ll find the softest snow in Colorado, thanks to an all-natural base and Cooper’s unique grooming philosophy which keeps the snow soft, even in dry spells! Whether you want cruisers, glades, powder, or bumps, Cooper’s 39 runs will satisfy. Cooper boasts the longest Magic Carpet in the state, which serves acres of gentle learning terrain where Cooper’s Ski & Ride School will have you enjoying the snow in no time! At the end of the day, kick back at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub for a brew and a bite! For more adventures, check out 2,600 acres of epic cat skiing on Chicago Ridge, or 24KM of groomed trails at neighboring Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.

Eldora Mountain Resort Logo

Sensational snow, so close to the Front Range. Located only 72 miles from Fort Collins, 47 miles from Denver and 21 miles from Boulder, Eldora is a smart choice for people who are seeking adventure and that want to drive less and ski more. Eldora is best known for action packed powder days with 300+ inches of snow and as “the place to learn” with a range of youth and adult multi week lesson programs. Eldora has the terrain to challenge all Alpine and Nordic ability levels.

Ski Granby Ranch Logo

Fun lesson programs, convenient access and affordable prices make Granby Ranch a long-time family favorite. This mountain paradise is a genuine Colorado retreat with western charm and small-town friendliness that invites you to slow down and enjoy what’s around you. Granby Ranch offers a variety of dining options including its famous Granby Ranch Grill – which comes complete with a sun-drenched, south-facing patio featuring panoramic views to soak in while you sip your favorite après drink. Granby Ranch is the most family-friendly ski mountain in Colorado.

Just 11 miles west of Durango, Hesperus Ski Area offers 26 trails on 160 skiable acres (view trail map), with 150" inches of snowfall annually. The double chair takes skiers and riders up to the 8,880' summit for a 700 feet vertical drop. Hesperus is home to the Hesperus Ski Patrol, a volunteer patrol that's part of the National Ski Patrol (NSP). The Patrol has been promoting safe skiing practices and EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Services at Hesperus for over fifty years.

Loveland Ski Area logo

Near to the hearts and homes of generations of Colorado skiers and riders, Loveland is Colorado’s true winter wonderland. Just 53 miles west of Denver, Loveland boasts 1,800 acres of remarkable terrain, FREE snowcat skiing, an innovative lesson program and more snow than any Front Range or Summit County resort. Loveland is home for those that simply want to ski or ride. Avoid the crowds and come find out why there’s more to love at Loveland.

Monarch Mountain Logo

Located just outside of Salida, Colorado, Monarch Mountain’s abundant natural snow and friendly people make for a real Rocky Mountain ski experience. Enjoy convenient, free parking, reasonable prices and runs that flow naturally back to a single base area. Monarch’s variety of terrain offers something for skiers and riders of any level.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort Logo

Powderhorn Mountain Resort is located just east of Grand Junction, on the Grand Mesa- the world’s largest flat-top mountain. Powderhorn is known for unmatched glade skiing and exceptional views from atop the Grand Mesa. Families are fond of Powderhorn’s top-notch ski and ride program, friendly staff, and the personal feel of the resort. The recent addition of Powderhorn’s high speed detachable quad lift, the Flat Top Flyer, means logging more vertical has never been easier or more enjoyable. Powderhorn has over 1,600 acres of terrain providing endless possibilities for all skier levels. The heart of Colorado’s wine country is nestled just below the Grand Mesa. Enjoy skiing during the day and the vineyards by night at over 20 year-round wineries. Plan your adventure at

Sunlight Mountain Resort Logo

Sunlight gives you a full day of skiing for about half the cost of the mega resorts. You’ll park for free, walk to the lifts and never stand in line. Without the crowds, the powder lasts for days. All 67 trails lead right to the lodge where you can stow your brown bag lunch or get something hot at the grill. No hassles. No hype. It’s exactly what you’ve been missing. Sunlight is located just 12 miles south of Glenwood Springs, where you can après ski in the world’s largest hot springs pool and still find a room for under $100 a night.


2017-18 Gems Cards sales will open in August 2017.


For additional information, or any questions regarding the 2016-17 Colorado Ski Country USA Gems Card, call 303-837-0793 or email us at

Office Hours are Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. We will be unable to field requests outside of our stated office hours, but will get back to you promptly on the subsequent business day.

Colorado Ski Country USA
3773 Cherry Creek North Drive
Suite 955
Denver, CO 80209