I think the irony in all of this is that the length of the season SHOULD factor heavily into season pass prices, but it doesn't seem to...
Case in point- Arapahoe Basin has the longest ski season in Colorado -Mid October to June. July in good years. Its season pass is $269. That means you pay a little over a buck a day for each day they are open.
Loveland is more expensive, but similar.
On the flipside, Sunlight opens the first week in December, closes first week in April. The season is a little more than half as long as Abay. Their season pass runs $380. Sunlight is smaller than Abay and MUCH smaller than Loveland.
Obviously there are other dynamics at play (distance from front range, competition), but that is a huge, huge, huge discrepancy that seems to show that areas are not automatically compensated for their longer seasons by pass price.
Which makes sense when you realize that even among passholders, many only ski December to March and put the skis up. If most of your passholders won't even bother to show up at the mountain for days they have already paid for... why have it open?
We are obviously the breed the cares about this, posting on skiing forums while we still have at least a week before we can ski anywhere. We aren't the bread and butter skier, and aren't even the bread and butter pass buyer.