Loveland is ready to fire up the snowguns to start building up the slopes. The ski area gets an average of 400 inches of snow each year. It's the first resort you get to along I-70 from Denver and parking is easy. You also get three free days of skiing at Monarch Mountain this year if you buy a season pass to Loveland or renew your old one. Season pass holders get 50 percent off any regularly priced Sports Shop purchase over $20, plus 5 percent off food purchases in any Loveland cafeterias (not alcohol). You can also get a deal on buying extra lift tickets for friends, or for kids, along with a discount on rentals, ski school, and repairs at the repair shop. Military season passes are available for Active Duty and their dependents, Reservists and National Guard military personnel. Adults are $99; kids are $59. A midweek pass is also available without any holiday blackouts.