By Sam Pelletier

It's hard to believe the 09/10 season is already wrapping up. It's a bittersweet time for any skier--bluebird skies, endless hours of sunshine, and soft spring snow provide for some of the season's best days, but in the back of our minds we know it won't last long and soon the chairs will stop spinning and summer will officially take over.

One of the best parts about spring skiing are the sweet deals offered up by the resorts that allow you to maximize your on-snow days and minimize the stress on your wallet. From spring passes to discounted tickets, there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the final days of winter.

It's also time to start thinking about next year's season pass too with early-bird pricing already at numerous resorts. And in this economic climate resorts know skiers don't want to pay the big bucks for passes anymore. Big Sky, Montana, for instance, is selling 2010/11 season passes for only $799--40% less than last year's price. According to Dax Scheiffer, director of public relations for Big Sky, "the economy is definitely a piece of it. Some people may have been priced out over the last couple years and we'd like to have them back. And in economic times like this its great to be able to offer that. We think its really going to generate a lot of customers and bring people back to Big Sky."

Here are some of the best 2010/11 season pass bargains going on right now as well as some great spring skiing deals too.

Sugar Bowl
2010/11 Season Pass: $799 until 10/31/10
Spring Deal: Buy your 2010/11 season pass now and use it for the remainder of this season starting April 5th.
Closing Date: April 25.

Squaw Valley
Spring Deal: Spring pass available for $129 with purchase of a 2010/11 season pass starting April 1. Spring passes also available separately for $179
Closing Date: May 9

RED Mountain
Spring Deal: 50% off lift tickets for the remainder of the season effective Monday, March 29th. Adult lift 
ticket – $32.
Closing Date: April 5

Spring Deal: Book four or more days of equipment rentals at Four-Mountain Sports and purchase a seven-day lift ticket for just $199.
Closing Date: April 11

Spring Deal: Spring Pass for $299 starting April 1.
Closing Date: When there's now more snow--last season the 'Bird was open until May 31.

Big Sky
2010/11 Adult Season pass: $799, college pass: $699 before 4/30/10. Installment plan available.
Closing Date: April 11

Epic Pass
2010/11 Season Pass: $599. Unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Heavenly, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin
Spring Deal: With purchase of 2010/11 Epic pass, receive Six "Ski-With-A-Friend" discount tickets automatically loaded onto your pass, plus summer lift access.

The Summit Pass
2010/11 Season Pass: $409. Unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin.

Crested Butte
2010/11 Season Pass: $899 between March 15th - April 4th, 2010.
Closing Date: April 4

2010/11 Season Pass: $1099 before April 30.
Spring Deal: With purchase of 2010/11 season pass, get a spring pass for only $39.
Closing Date: May 24

2010/11 Season Pass: $599, college pass: $299 through 5/31/10
Spring Deal: $99 spring pass
Closing Date: April 11

2010/11 Season Pass: $899
Spring Deal: Ski any 4 days from Friday, April 2 to Sunday, April 11 for only $99. Friday afternoons are free for the rest of season.
Closing Date: April 11

Mt Bachelor
Spring Deal: The Early Spring Pass is valid March 29th through May 16th for just $139. The Late Spring Pass is valid April 19th through May 16th for just $99.
Closing Date: May 16

Rocky Mountain Super Plus Pass
2010/11 Season Pass: $409 before April 6. Unlimited skiing at Copper & Winter Park/Mary Jane.
Spring Deal: Buy now and get 6 days at Steamboat

2010/11 Season Pass: $849 until April 30.That's half off the normal price.
Spring Deal: Use next years pass starting May 1
Closing Date: June