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Where would you look for cheap keystone lift tickets?

post #1 of 14
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I will be skiing for 3 days between 14th-17th Feb at Keystone and their lift ticket prices are insane. Is there any way I can find cheaper deals anywhere.. or probably just share someone's pass :)

post #2 of 14

Head on down the road to Abay would be my suggestion.  You pay to play at VR properties.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Need a decoder now :) I think I know what you mean by Abay. What is VR?

post #4 of 14

Sorry, Vail Resorts.

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post #6 of 14

If you do a multi day packages with them you can usually get a discount but even that is expensive imo.  That is a holiday weekend though so it is going to be tough to find any deals which is why I suggested going to Abay. Loveland is another cheaper option.

post #7 of 14

Buy em online or get em with your lodging

 

Vail wont give you a deal any other way 

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jay Kavathe View Post
 

 or probably just share someone's pass :)

 

Bad idea with VR.   If you get caught = $1000 fine and about a week in jail.  Oh, and lifetime ban from VR properties.

 

Keystone discounts found in King Soopers, your lodging, or snow.com (buy 10 days in advance).  Next time buy a Four Day Epic Pass.  Keystone is Vail's budget resort.  The others are more expensive.

 

As someone already suggested, if you are on a budget, go to A Basin, Loveland, Monarch, and Ski Cooper.  Also, avoid going on national holidays and weekends.

post #9 of 14

One of the pillars of Vail's business plan is there is no "secret" other way to get cheaper tickets.  Their own prebuy will be "guaranteed" to be the cheapest day tickets. 

 

 

They are not making special deals with a bunch of partners, so you don't need to bother looking.  If they make a deal, it won't be better than their own prebuy. 

Every other resort it's reversed where you're guarenteed to find a better deal elsewhere, and buying directly is going to be more expensive.

 

Makes you wonder why we're trained to think this.  It's as if most resorts would rather not sell tickets themselves but leave it for others to do it...which really is backwards. 

 

A lot of Hotel and Airline chains are trying to shift and break this thinking too.  They are all saying cheapest if you just buy directly from us, don't bother wasting time priceshopping at travel websites hoping one of them will be magically cheaper, just book it directly with us.

 

I suppose there are a few exceptions like buddy passes and as mentioned before packaged deals with their own lodging specials, but those are all well known out there and available to everyone.

 

There was that other guy last week who was looking for Vail tix and found somebody who had a ton of rewards points willing to cash in vouchers for cheaper, but that's a bit of a shady grey deal where also if Vail caught them, would probably void the deal.

post #10 of 14
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Head on down the road to Abay would be my suggestion.  You pay to play at VR properties.

Yep, He beat me to it. 

 

A-Basin is a much better mountain imo. 

post #11 of 14

Your best is online in advance.  Make sure you check you don't need Breck or the price will be much higher.   I think they are no longer available, but the Keystone/A-Basin 4-pack was $179.  That's even a good deal if you only use three.

post #12 of 14

I would look in 1993.

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I would look in 1993.

If I only had a time machine.

 

But........I still wouldn't go to Keystone! 

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Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post
 

If I only had a time machine.

 

But........I still wouldn't go to Keystone! 

 

In the Ralston Purina days (aka 1993), I skied Keystone about 3x more than Breck.  In my mind it was the superior mountain.  Breck pre Imperial chair was seriously underwhelming on the difficulty side to the extent that Keystone had more terrain I was interested in skiing- bumps on North Peak and glades in the Outback. 

 

The other nice thing about Keystone is A-basin being just up the road with bus service. I could take a few runs with the family, hop on the bus, eat my lunch, and ski the goods at A-Basin. Convenience!

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