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post #61 of 76

Found some ASC data:

 

In 2004: 

Six-resort pass for $349 with 14 blackout days or $599 no blackouts.

Or 3 resorts without Saturdays for $269.

"Prior to the introduction of the discount pass, the cost of a season ticket at any of the six American Skiing resorts in the Northeast was $1,049, said Susan DuPlessis, spokeswoman for Sunday River."  

from archive.bangordailynews.com/

post #62 of 76
Personally, I'd like to see Aspen-like season pass pricing and $100+ day rates in Summit County. We'd be able to drive with minimal traffic then!

Mike
post #63 of 76
It would certainly resolve the traffic issue. It would take skiers such as my family that ski 40+ days a year day tripping, and probably cut that down to 15 or so select days from jan-march. That would possibly be the absolute worst scenario I could ever dream of with a skiing family. It would actually force me to take a long look at ever skiing summit county hardly ever anymore. I would look more into skiing other destination resorts for extended periods a few times a year. Being close to good skiing at a reasonable price is a lot of what drew me to accept a job in the front range and relocate 1200 miles away from everyone weve ever known.
post #64 of 76
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Being close to good skiing at a reasonable price is a lot of what drew me to accept a job in the front range and relocate 1200 miles away from everyone weve ever known.

And now you have us...
post #65 of 76
A fact jack....still waitin to see this ski shop midget
post #66 of 76

Good points by anachronism above.  It's more likely that Utah will evolve in Colorado's direction than the other way around, even if VR was broken apart. 

 

But each market has its unique character.  If VR gets Park City and has the 7,000+ acre resort on the Epic Pass, will that put downward price pressure on the Alta/Snowbird season passes?  Perhaps not that much, as the typical AltaBird skier disdains the Wasatch Back resorts. 

post #67 of 76

Hey all,

I'm from the NE and making a pilgrimage to Denver for some skiing in late December. Is there a decent 3-4 day pass for several mountains? Or what would be the cheapest way to get tickets?

Interested in:

A-Basin

Copper

Winter Park

Loveland

Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance

post #68 of 76
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Originally Posted by Edchenko View Post
 

Hey all,

I'm from the NE and making a pilgrimage to Denver for some skiing in late December. Is there a decent 3-4 day pass for several mountains? Or what would be the cheapest way to get tickets?

Interested in:

A-Basin

Copper

Winter Park

Loveland

Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance

 

I went to Summit County last year, hit A-Basin, Copper, Loveland and some Vail resorts.  For any of the non Vail resorts, I went through Liftopia.  I really couldn't find much in the way of other discounts.

post #69 of 76
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Originally Posted by Edchenko View Post
 

Hey all,

I'm from the NE and making a pilgrimage to Denver for some skiing in late December. Is there a decent 3-4 day pass for several mountains? Or what would be the cheapest way to get tickets?

Interested in:

A-Basin

Copper

Winter Park

Loveland

Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance

 

All of those Mountains sell 4 pack tickets for between $130 and $200. But, you will be limited to skiing those days at 1 mountain.  The mountains mentioned are owned by several different operators and for the most part do not have ticket sharing.

 

One of the few ticket sharing options would be to buy the 4x40 pass from Winter Park. It is $199 and gets you 2 days at WP and 2 days at Steamboat.

 

Or, you can pay $279 for an A-basin season pass, which also gets you 3 days at Taos.

post #70 of 76
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Copper.

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Originally Posted by Drahtguy View Post

Roger this. In spades.

Without hesitation, this. Last year I had both a RMSP+ and an Epic. I skied 1 day at Keystone and 4 at Abasin. Everything else was Copper, WP, Steamboat, Loveland, and Europe. Thankfully I didn't pay for the Epic.
post #71 of 76
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Where would you get a season pass to?

 

In other words, Breck, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Arapahoe Basin, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood each had their own season pass that was NOT reciprocal with the other resorts.

 

I would imagine that due to lack of competition, season passes would cost around $1,000-$1,500.

 

I bought Heavenly passes in 2005-06 and 2007-08 and they were in the low $300s and included three free days at Vail CO resorts that I used both years.

 

In 2008-09, I had Kirkwood Sun-Fri pass with holiday blackouts that was less than $300 and the following year I got a Snowbomb Kirkwood pass that included Saturdays for about the same price.

 

So, in CA we were not paying the high prices 5-9 years ago. I got the under $400 Squaw Bronze pass in 2010-11, but ended up getting more powder at Northstar and Alpine, since Squaw did not run (most of or all) their lifts during or immediately after storms when I was there and then were over-run with crowds when they did open. This was before Alpine and Squaw combined.

 

If there was no Epic Pass or MCP, I would probably go back to inexpensive Kirkwood pass and find the freebies and deals to ski other places. I now have both MCP and Tahoe Value pass for about the same price as Epic Pass.

post #72 of 76
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Originally Posted by Edchenko View Post
 

Hey all,

I'm from the NE and making a pilgrimage to Denver for some skiing in late December. Is there a decent 3-4 day pass for several mountains? Or what would be the cheapest way to get tickets?

Interested in:

A-Basin

Copper

Winter Park

Loveland

Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance

 

Based on your timeframe, it probably will not work for you this time, but ... Colorado Gems card ($20 cost) would give you 2-for-1 at A-Basin and Loveland, one day at each place.  Gems card also applies to some smaller mountains.

post #73 of 76
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Originally Posted by vickieh View Post
 

 

Based on your timeframe, it probably will not work for you this time, but ... Colorado Gems card ($20 cost) would give you 2-for-1 at A-Basin and Loveland, one day at each place.  Gems card also applies to some smaller mountains.


Give him the link... http://www.coloradoski.com/page/gems

 

You could purchase the 'Gold Pass' but at $3100 for unlimited skiing at only Colorado Ski Country Resorts it's probably best for trust fund babies.  The 'Epic' resorts don't participate.

post #74 of 76
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Originally Posted by Edchenko View Post
 

Hey all,

I'm from the NE and making a pilgrimage to Denver for some skiing in late December. Is there a decent 3-4 day pass for several mountains? Or what would be the cheapest way to get tickets?

Interested in:

A-Basin

Copper

Winter Park

Loveland

Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance

 

If you want to see a lot of mountains the cheapest way is probably to look for season pass holders in the parking lot who can hook you up with a buddy pass or reduced-rate ticket. Loveland pass holders have 1 discounted ticket per day (~$55/day), Winter Park / Copper / A-Basin all have buddy-passes  (~70/day)  which people may be a bit more stingy with early in the season. Someone on here may be willing to give up one. 

post #75 of 76
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Give him the link... http://www.coloradoski.com/page/gems

 

You could purchase the 'Gold Pass' but at $3100 for unlimited skiing at only Colorado Ski Country Resorts it's probably best for trust fund babies.  The 'Epic' resorts don't participate.

 

The gems card makes me sad. It used to be great (2-4 free passes for a $10 card, $40 to Loveland all season long, unlimited 2 for 1) and now it is both more expensive and much less worth the cost.

 

The saving feature of the gold pass is that it is transferable. It is really for businesses to pick up for an employee perk.

post #76 of 76
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The saving feature of the gold pass is that it is transferable. It is really for businesses to pick up for an employee perk.

 

Touché. 

 

I wish I had my old boss who was all about employee morale and skiing. He might have considered it. The new management just finished a round of layoffs, so I don't think this is in the cards :(

 

Definitely expensive, but if you consider that an Aspen Season Pass is $1,700  by itself, and the gold pass is transferable and costs $3,000, it's actually a good value. I bet you could get the price per day on that down to about $30 pretty easily. 

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