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Epic Local Pass vs. RM Super Pass+

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Apart from the price difference, blackout dates and different resorts, what other, less obvious considerations are there in choosing one pass over the other?  We're thinking about buying passes for our family before the April 15 Epic Local Pass deadline for the 4 extra buddy tickets.

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Far fewer people at Copper, Winter Park, and Steamboat.

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Six buddy tickets for next season versus four for this, but price is up $10 to $79.  That means the ski-with-a-friend tickets are going to be about $90.

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I had an Epic Pass the 1st year it came out.  What a difference in price and additional benefits between now and then.  My completely unrestricted pass cost something like $450, 4 buddy passes at $59, 3 consecutive day lesson package for $229.  $90 for a ski-with-a-friend is hardly a great deal but I guess the other option is the $105 walk up price.

 

Is parking still a headache and expensive for all the Epic Pass resorts (except A-basin)?  What's parking like for Copper/WP?  Also, the RM Super Pass+ cost $30 for a child under 6.  However, kids under 6 ski free at Copper, WP and Steamboat.  What does the $30 get you?

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I had an Epic Pass the 1st year it came out.  What a difference in price and additional benefits between now and then.  My completely unrestricted pass cost something like $450, 4 buddy passes at $59, 3 consecutive day lesson package for $229.  $90 for a ski-with-a-friend is hardly a great deal but I guess the other option is the $105 walk up price.

 

Is parking still a headache and expensive for all the Epic Pass resorts (except A-basin)?  What's parking like for Copper/WP?  Also, the RM Super Pass+ cost $30 for a child under 6.  However, kids under 6 ski free at Copper, WP and Steamboat.  What does the $30 get you?



 

An actual pass so you don't have to go to the lift ticket window every time to get a lift ticket

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Apart from the price difference, blackout dates and different resorts, what other, less obvious considerations are there in choosing one pass over the other?  We're thinking about buying passes for our family before the April 15 Epic Local Pass deadline for the 4 extra buddy tickets.



The epic pass is really sweet if u like to go explore mountains but they are usually a lot more crowded except for beaver creek. Breck and Abasin have some really sweet terrain but Breck is the worst of all for crowds. Copper is awesome I skied it a lot for the first time this year but haven't really gotten to ski the upper mountain as it wasn't open last time I was there. It also almost never crowded.

 

Parking wise they are all about equal with the free lots requiring shuttles.

 

I am not sure about your budget for over night stays but if your looking for super close lodging I think that the Vail resorts have some better options with most of them having 'towns' within walking distance of the slope side lodging. If staying  in the cheaper places like Frisco and Silverthorn it's kinda a wash. 

 

In terms of driving your kinda stuck when it comes to the vail resorts as the are all off of I-70. (Breck can be gotten to off of co 9). Winter park has you taking I -70 some of the way but turns you off before(or after when coming back) most of the major traffic problems.

 

The major advantage to the Epic local IMHO is that you do have days at Heavenly, Northstar and now Kirkwood which is a huge bonus if you like to take trips.  

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