It'll cost you the same to scoot up to Sandia Peak this season as it did during last year's epic season at the central New Mexico ski area.

Both season and day pass prices won't change for the 2010-2011 ski and snowboard season, said marketing director Debi Owens, which is planned for Dec. 18.

"We had a very good year last season, and if the weather will cooperate, we should get off to a good start this year," Owens told OnTheSnow.

Crews spent the summer mowing trails, removing limbs, and maintaining snowmaking equipment on the mountain, Owens said. Sandia Peak begins at 8,600 feet in elevation and rises 1,700 feet to its summit on the Sandia Ridge overlooking the Albuquerque basin.

Preseason sales on season passes have an unlimited pass at $549, a weekday pass at $379, senior passes for ages 61-72 at $429, and the 12-and-under pass at $199. Season tickets also are good at Ski Santa Fe, which is under the same ownership group as Sandia Peak.

Sandia Peak will continue its Peak Plus Card discount program, which debuted last season. The purchase of a Peak Plus Card for $49 before Nov. 15 and $59 afterwards cuts $25 off any all-day ticket purchase, which is regularly $50 for adults and $40 for teens, children, and seniors. A new pass, called the Millennium Pass, gives all holders free rides on the lift during January with a purchase of $169 before Nov. 15, $189 thereafter.

The Abruzzo family owns Sandia Peak and Sandia Peak Tramway. Therefore, skiers and riders coming up from Albuquerque can combine the cost of a tram ride with a ski ticket, giving them further discounts at Sandia Peak.

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