You may be starting to wonder what to do to prime yourself for ski season. Preseason conditioning? Check. Stock up on firewood? Check. Buy necessary ski gear? Check. Purchase your season pass. Check?

The night temps are dropping. There's no time to waste to snag that Taos Millennium Pass. This year's pass offers you not only 70 days of Taos shredding but fewer blackout dates and free or discounted skiing at southern Colorado areas, Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Kirkwood, Calif.

The pass is valid President's Weekend and during Spring Break, which means your only blackout dates are Dec. 27, 2009 - Jan. 1, 2010. The cost is $575 and includes three free days of skiing at Crested Butte, Durango Mountain Resort, and Telluride. New this year, Millennium Pass holders will also receive five half price tickets at Jackson Hole and five tickets for half price at Kirkwood. The Jackson deal also includes lodging discounts. 

Can't stand blackouts? The Taos Full Pass gives you unlimited ski days and is good for free and discount tickets at Taos partner resorts. The cost of the Full Pass is $799 before Oct. 2, and $999 after.

Nine-to-fivers obviously won't be calling in sick enough to justify a pass so a Taos direct-to-lift card might be just what the doctor ordered. The card takes $15 off the daily rate, right at the lift.  Your day is free with every seventh time you ski. There are blackout dates during reduced rates periods from Nov. 29 - Dec.18, 2009 and Mar. 30 - April 4, 2010.

The card costs $45 until Dec. 18, 2009, then jumps to $54. There's more. Millennium, Full Pass, and Taos Card holders also receive discounted, weekend Junior Elite and Kinderkare / Bebekare tickets, $5 off adult ski school group lessons, 10 percent off retail at Taos Ski & Boot Company, $10 off ski demos at Taos Ski & Boot Company, $10 off full ski tunes at TSV Repair Shop, $170 Ski Week, and 15 percent off entrees, beer and wine at Rhoda's Restaurant.

More information, or call 575.776.2291 ext. 1260.