Ready to start thinking about ski season?

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Because it’s never too early to start dreaming about powder, Colorado Ski Country USA’s Gems Card for the 2012/13 season has gone on pre-order. A Gems Card provides its bearer with a smattering of benefits, including a free lift ticket at Monarch, two-for-one tickets Monday through Friday at Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and any day at Ski Granby Ranch, as well as $10 off adult lift tickets on weekend days at A-Basin, Eldora, Powderhorn and Ski Cooper. Never heard of Ski Granby? This could be the year to introduce yourself (or reacquaint yourself with the area formerly known as SolVista Basin).

Blackout dates do apply, of course, making the card well suited for you and a buddy to team up on mid-week “mental health days” to snag some powder runs at some of Colorado’s lovably local resorts.

To donate $10 worth of faith to this year’s snowpack, for more information or to make an order, visit