The walk up rate at Vail is as they say "Like nothing on earth".
Had a epic pas for couple season back a few years. Haven't been there since the 2010/11 season. Praise the lord.
My niece visited and the rack rate was $128 (non holiday). That is why the epic passes are such a big seller. Don't take too many days to break even.
Spent a big chuck of the 2010/11 season at Vail. Had a couple of Taos ski buddy visited. They were totally awed by Vail. They were dying on the slopes. They had never seen such flat terrain. The next season when they went back to Taos, they requested Mugzy (the SSD then) to conduct a "Flats" camp to prepare them for the next trip to Vail. They have yet to go back.