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Anybody want to discuss the extraordinary nature of the Monarch, Colorado ski area season pass:

http://www.skimonarch.com/index.php/ticketspasses/season-passes

 

Monarch season pass with resort incentives costs $329 for an adult and is Free for ages 69+.  It includes unlimited skiing at Monarch, and Free or discounted skiing at 26 ski areas, including 3 days each without blackouts at many smaller, but very decent ski areas in CO and NM, and select other locations.

 

What do you think of the Monarch season pass with resort incentives?  The concept has been around for a while.  Monarch appears to be a leader in the concept and has been increasing their partners each year.  Does it appeal to you? 

 

How does Monarch make it work?  What's in it for the other areas to participate?  What does it cost Monarch to line them up?  Do you see this as an important trend for the little guys to compete with the ski conglomerations?

 

I know a 70 year old who is counting on this product for enjoying a super low cost, interesting, and varied 2011-2012 season.  Actually skiing at Monarch is only a small part of his plans.

 

post #2 of 7

I think it's a great deal.  If I lived on the front range, I'd be all over this. 

post #3 of 7

It is a great deal and very intersting idea; i'm not sure how many of these resorts I could get to due to proximity to denver metro and lack of vacation time.  Monarch, Loveland, Sol Vista and Cooper maybe.. and those smaller places could be cool b/c I'll have kids learning to ski in a few years.  Definetly sounds like some sweet resorts, Germany, BC, wow!

 

Most likely, I think the 3 extra days at monarch might push me to get a loveland season pass next year.  I'd love to check Monarch out!

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I got one of these this year and just used one of my free days at Loveland yesterday.

Course, I actually plan to get to Monarch a lot this year as I have a free place to stay in Salida.

I'll likely use all of the Loveland days, but don't know if I'll get to any of the other resorts, maybe Ski Cooper and Sol Vista.

Can't say the Germany and Austria resorts are gonna make any difference, no way I'll be getting there this year.

post #5 of 7

I live in Alabama and thought about buying one. It just barely won't work for me. 

post #6 of 7

Monarch makes it work by having their marketing guy call up pretty much every ski area in the US to pitch trading 3 days between each mountain's season-pass holders.

 

Not only does it work, but it has greased the wheels to get other ski areas cooperating to do the same. For example, Monarch pass holders get 3 days at Ski Cooper, Sipapu, and Sunlight (among many others). 

 

Sunlight, in addition to giving its pass holders 3 days at Monarch in trade, now also gives 3 days at Cooper and Sipapu. This only came up since Monarch started doing it, and obviously the ski areas saw who was willing to work with Monarch, and also worked the same deals out for themselves.

 

The Monarch pass is an amazing deal, and if I still lived on the front range (rather than Rifle/Western Slope) I would buy their pass, no question.

 

When I bought the Monarch pass, I would use the 3 days at Loveland in the early season before Monarch opened. I would use the Sunlight days for a Holiday weekend, and would try to get out and use the Durango/Purgatory passes on another (or maybe Purgatory).  The Silverton pass is quite tempting, but I never found anybody willing to hit it with me.

 

I never used any of the New Mexico passes, or any of the out of state deals, but I could also see using the Angelfire days, or hell, just going down to the Taos area and checking the snow report every morning, as you'd have passes to pretty much every area down there. :)

 

Never mind the fact that Monarch itself rocks the house. Just got back from a wonderful President's day using my 3 day swap from my Sunlight pass. As always, it was awesome.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Celestron2000 View Post

I got one of these this year and just used one of my free days at Loveland yesterday.

Course, I actually plan to get to Monarch a lot this year as I have a free place to stay in Salida.

I'll likely use all of the Loveland days, but don't know if I'll get to any of the other resorts, maybe Ski Cooper and Sol Vista.

Can't say the Germany and Austria resorts are gonna make any difference, no way I'll be getting there this year.



Solvista isn't really worth the drive. Imagine Keystone. Then imagine Keystone if it was flatter, smaller, got less snow, and felt like an inescapable condo sales pitch. That's Solvista. Advertising for their condos EVERYWHERE. On every lift tower, on every wall in the lodge, everywhere.

 

I like small ski areas a lot. Ski Cooper has some of the mildest terrain in Colorado (except for Solvista), and I can still enjoy skiing there (my fiance loves the place).  But Solvista sucks. Hardcore sucks.

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