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Summit County, CO lift ticket question.

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

My family of 4 will be skiing Summit Co. next March and I'm looking for suggestion on best value for lift tickets for Summit ski resorts. The epic Summit Value pass seems tempting but I'm wondering if there are other alternatives that might include Copper. We will be there for only 7 days and probably ski 5. The Summit Value pass is about the same price as a 5 of 8 day Keystone/Breck pass yet offers 3 out of 4 Summit resorts and would allow Keystone night skiing for family members so inclined. This seems to be the best value if I act fast before the price goes up. Any other suggestions from the locals? 

post #2 of 14

Since Copper is not owned by Vail Resorts tickets there are not included in any Vail product.  They (Copper) sell four packs this time of year ($139) but you can't split them among multiple people and you have to be here now to buy.  Loveland sells four packs that can be used any way you like for pretty cheap (~$120) now. You'd have to get a local to pick them up.  

 

There are day tickets available locally at stores, etc. but the discount isn't very much off the window price.

Vail season passes used to have discounts for friends buying day tickets but looking at the website I don't see any mention of that.

 

Sorry, no good deals for tourists. 

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post

 

 Loveland sells four packs that can be used any way you like for pretty cheap (~$120) now. You'd have to get a local to pick them up.  

 

 You can buy Loveland 4-packs online until 11/18, and they will mail them to you. $129. Buying in person at a ski show preseason saves you $10.

 

For Copper, try this: http://eduproject.com/the-e-book/ski-deals/ 

 

The book is $10, but it has pretty good discounts for Copper, Winter Park, and Loveland. 2-for-1 Copper tickets, blacked out only the week after Christmas.

post #4 of 14

I am pretty sure that the Vail Resort passes still have discount days for friends associated with them, but the prices for these have gone up in recent years (maybe some at $79 if bought in the spring and more at a floating rate, likely in the 80s, if bought later).  

 

With that said, I wouldn`t buy a Summit Value pass if I was only skiing 5 days.  If I was staying somewhere like Frisco/Dillon/Silverthorne, I would tend to do a day at LL, a day or two at Copper and the rest at VR (KS, Breck, A-Basin).  I am pretty sure that if you got something like a 3 day tix at VR, you could ski Breck or A-Basin during the day and Keystone at night and have it only count as 1 day.  Pretty sure that even with daily tickets, they carry over to allow night skiing.  In fact, I think you could ski all 3 resorts the same day, but not sure why you would want to.  If you are staying in KS, Breck or Copper, then doing most of your days at that mountain might be more convenient.

 

To be clear, the LL 4 packs are TRANSFERABLE and can all be used the same day- i.e. one 4 pack gets all 4 of you out the same day if you want.  

post #5 of 14

Matt,  I looked on the VR website and there's no mention of friends discount anymore.  We may still have that because of renewal last spring but nothing for current purchase.  I was also going to mention the Abasin bonus pass but it looks like that one's gone too.

post #6 of 14

Gems Card , $10, Good for Loveland and ABasin   Get your money back after 1 use

post #7 of 14

I have a December extended week in Summit County planned. Skiing 6 days. We are planning to get the four day pass for Keystone/A Basin (saves a little $ off the Keystone/Breck)  You still can ski 2 of those days at Breck/Vail/Beaver Creek. I spoke to a rep at Keystone and you can ski at Beaver/Vail/etc.. till close and then night ski at Keystone and its still just one day. We plan on getting a day ticket to Copper to ski a fifth day at a local grocery store in Dillon near where we a friend has a place. I spoke to someone at Copper and they said they grocery store price is 74$, kids 44$ So grand total for just 5 days of skiing (December).  Adult- $354  Child-  $204,   We are also planning on a day at Loveland (probably to start out the week)  which a lift ticket can also be gotten at a grocery store for $50/25 and save you more money.  I don't think grocery stores carry the Vail resorts tickets.  I am very curious to see if someone chimes in with a more cost effective option! Good luck!snowfalling.gif

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks all, keep the ideas coming. Easy rider, what is a Gems Card and how do I get one? 

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie View Post

Thanks all, keep the ideas coming. Easy rider, what is a Gems Card and how do I get one? 

http://www.coloradoski.com/colorado-gems-card

post #10 of 14

Try this link or go to Co ski .com

 

http://www.shopcoloradoski.com/

 

I buy at least 3 every yeay

 

I save at least $50 to $ 75 each year per card

there are some blackout dates,so check and make sure it will work for you

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by easy rider View Post

Try this link or go to Co ski .com

http://www.shopcoloradoski.com/

I buy at least 3 every yeay

I save at least $50 to $ 75 each year per card
there are some blackout dates,so check and make sure it will work for you

Nice, but note that it isn't valid at Vail Resorts areas (Breckenridge, keystone, Vail, or Beaver creek) nor Copper.

Mike
post #12 of 14

If you don't mind devoting a couple days to Loveland I think factoring-in one or two of their four packs would save you a lot.  Liftopia can help moderately with Copper and A-Basin, and I believe Winter Park.  Believe I purchased two-day Liftopia ticket for Copper for $140 last year, but YMMV.  Liftopia had a fairly cheap single day pass in the $30s for Cooper if you wanted to try a mellow day there.  Liftopia does not usually require far-in-advance purchase, but I guess they can occasionally sell out if you are looking at primo place and date.  If VR does the friends thing again and you can make that connection that would get you a discount at their mtns.  I think the Gems Card offers are blacked out for your trip dates.

post #13 of 14
Not quite on target but if you need ski lessons, dont miss this deal at Breck

Breckenridge Lesson Pass Special Pricing Guaranteed Through May 30, 2012
Adult Lesson Pass Only $309
Child Lesson Pass Only $670
Take lessons with the Breckenridge Ski & Ride School Thursday – Sunday from 11/15/2012– 4/14/2013.
(Blackout Dates Apply)
Valid Thursdays through Sundays
Participants may redeem one Ski & Ride School group lesson ticket per day on the morning of the lesson. The Breckenridge Lesson Passes are valid for classes Thursday through Sunday only. The lesson ticket
is NOT TRANSFERABLE. You must have your season pass present to obtain a lesson ticket.
On your first day stop into a Ski & Ride School office to fill out a release form, a Breckenridge Lesson Pass Agreement of understanding, and to obtain a lesson ticket.
Breckenridge Ski & Ride School Lesson Pass redemption is unavailable: 11/09/12–11/11/12, 11/23/12– 11/24/12, 12/20/12–12/30/12, 1/19/13–1/20/13, 2/16/13–2/17/13, 3/16/13–3/31/13
Lessons meet at normal class lesson times; 9:45am for Adults and 9:15 for children, for morning and all day lessons. Afternoon lessons are only available to novice skiers and riders, levels 1-4, and depart at 1:30pm.
We will make every effort to accommodate instructor requests but reserve the right to make assignments according to business needs and policies. The final decision lies with the supervisor and not the instructor.
Not valid for Ultimate 4, Workshop, Camps or special program participation.
All dates/times/locations subject to change. Please call 1888-576-2754 (970-453-3272) for updated information.
Refund policy: Before Dec 19th the one day window rate for an adult/child lesson will be subtracted. After Dec. 19th the Breckenridge Lesson Pass is non-refundable.
Pass holders may purchase their Breckenridge Lesson Pass at any Front Range pass sales location, a Breckenridge Season Pass or Ski School Office, or by calling 888-576-2754.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post

Matt,  I looked on the VR website and there's no mention of friends discount anymore.  We may still have that because of renewal last spring but nothing for current purchase.  I was also going to mention the Abasin bonus pass but it looks like that one's gone too.

They stopped the A-Basin Bonus pass last year, but I still see the  SWAF tix at http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/passes/epic-local-pass.aspx

 

Additional Tickets
- Six (6) Ski-With-A-Friend (SWAF) varying discount tickets are automatically loaded onto your pass. Just take your guest to the ticket window and present your pass to receive the discount.*

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