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post #1 of 26
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We are heading to Breckenridge next April for the last week of their season.  I checked the Breckenridge site and their cheapest tickets are $522 for 6 of 9 days and $435 for 5 of 8 days.  The children's pricing is $390 and $325 for the same tickets.  On the other hand, I can buy an Epic Summit Value Pass form $489/$269, which has limited blackout dates at Breck, none of which matter to us, and theoretically allows for unlimited skiing at A-Basin and Keystone. 

 

The question is whether I am missing something.  It seems like the obvious choice is to get the Epic pass as opposed to a 5 or 6 day ticket from Breck.  In my experience, the Vail Resorts don't do any meaningful discounts on tickets, regardless of time of year and conditions.  Last year, the pricing in Park City was full price through the end of the season, even in mid-April.

 

It seems that ~$81/day for an adult and ~$43/day for kids is about as good a deal as I can get for Breck, whatever the time of year.

 

Any thoughts?

post #2 of 26
Epic pass is running their "early bird" special right now. September 7th is the last day to lock in these prices. I believe the 6 for 9 and 5 for 8 day prices remain that way throughout the season, as opposed to the epic summit pass.
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 

Thanks.  It seems like a no-brainer for us then since we already booked our flight and condo.  Plus, it gives us access to discounted tickets for friends if they ski with us.

post #4 of 26
Better get those discounted tickets so you don't end up a victim of the $140 window rate. Ain't nobody got time for that.
post #5 of 26

They allow online purchase for first time now right? They used to get people by requiring that you bought the season pass in person the first time and after September you could only buy the full fledge Epic pass. Otherwise no you aren't missing anything.

 

If your military/retired military you can buy your tickets through the pass or at the window for $79/day

post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post

They allow online purchase for first time now right? They used to get people by requiring that you bought the season pass in person the first time and after September you could only buy the full fledge Epic pass. Otherwise no you aren't missing anything.

If your military/retired military you can buy your tickets through the pass or at the window for $79/day

I know for the aspen classic pass you need to buy it in person the very first time. If that's ever been the case with the epic pass, it certainly isn't now.

Just to clarify, as far as the military discount, it's only active military and retired and nothing else. Doesn't matter if you're 100% disabled (as my friend found out the hard way). Retired military tickets can only be purchased on a military base as well and cost a little more than active duty tickets.
post #7 of 26
Well that's stupid. Out of curiosity did your friend try going through a base outdoor rec center? At least back in the early 2000s my Dad was able to get discount tickets for my brother and I and he was already retired. He had to go through site base though couldn't get them at the walk up window.

Also does your friend have a physical disability? If so he should be able to get someone that skis with him as his "assistant" either free or severely discouted and they both get to cut the lift lines
post #8 of 26
You are correct about the season pass. They are even more cost effective if you plan to visit during one of the "high season" time periods. Winter Park has one that ties in copper and Steamboat for even less than the epic. If you plan a couple trips rather than just one, you are saving tons of bucks. This is one of the values of skiing in Colorado. The competition for the skier dollar is pretty fierce which means it can benefit the consumer.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by yossarian143 View Post
 

We are heading to Breckenridge next April for the last week of their season.  I checked the Breckenridge site and their cheapest tickets are $522 for 6 of 9 days and $435 for 5 of 8 days.  The children's pricing is $390 and $325 for the same tickets.  On the other hand, I can buy an Epic Summit Value Pass form $489/$269, which has limited blackout dates at Breck, none of which matter to us, and theoretically allows for unlimited skiing at A-Basin and Keystone. 

 

The question is whether I am missing something.  It seems like the obvious choice is to get the Epic pass as opposed to a 5 or 6 day ticket from Breck.  In my experience, the Vail Resorts don't do any meaningful discounts on tickets, regardless of time of year and conditions.  Last year, the pricing in Park City was full price through the end of the season, even in mid-April.

 

It seems that ~$81/day for an adult and ~$43/day for kids is about as good a deal as I can get for Breck, whatever the time of year.

 

Any thoughts?

Just saw this...For many people, one of the Epic passes is truly a no-brainer.  That MIGHT BE THE CASE FOR YOU ALSO, BUT NOT NECESSARILY.  

 

A couple things to consider- if any is taking any lessons, the lesson+lift package might not be that much more expensive than the lesson only (I haven't priced this for Breck recently, but it can be the case at Vail).

 

Sometimes you can get lodging & lift tix packages that offer a much better lift ticket rate than window or multi-day.  This can be especially true for slower times of the year, including the last week of the season.

 

Not sure about Breck, but some years I have seen Vail run a $200 last week of the season lift ticket.  (Many multi-day lift tickets are partially or fully interchangeable between Vail, Breck, Beaver, Keystone and even A Basin). 

post #10 of 26

Vail will have NO discounts of significance during the year.  At most you save like $10.  This is  their business model.

 

They are looking the season ahead and protecting epicpass sales.  You must buy the epicpass before they stop selling it; or you get burned. When they stop selling epicpass, they jack up the price of a "Vail Resorts" Pass to ~$2000.

 

Once you get burned, you're buying the pass for next year.  

You go onto yelp and curse Vail for their moneygrubbing, but that won't get you on the slopes.  Any vail resort yelp page, majority of the negative reviews are all complaints that are money related (that would be avoided by buying a pass) , and not about the actual experience or operations.

If they don't hold true to their threats for high priced day tickers, people won't feel they need to buy the pass.  

 

 

The only ways to get a significant discount:

-via bundling with lodging (perhaps will get you $80 tickets)

 

-find a passholder with buddy passes left, who will go to the counter with you to get you buddypass discount

 

-last month they may throw you a couple free days with next year's epicpass purchase as a closer deal; but you can't be certain if they're only going to offer you today's money+extra 1or2 days free, versus rest of season.

 

-ebay or craigslist from people who have obtained day ticket vouchers for whatever reason but can't use them(not necessarily a better deal from above)

post #11 of 26
^what is this $2000 vail resorts pass you speak of?
post #12 of 26

After they stop epicpass sales.  They aren't going to say we have no season pass product for you to buy and you only can buy day or multi-day tickets.

 

They will still have a "Vail Resorts" pass to sell you if you want to buy it.  It is exactly the same as Full Epic in what you get;  but it costs 3x more at about $2000, maybe more.  I don't think anybody buys it

post #13 of 26
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^what is this $2000 vail resorts pass you speak of?
VR usually stops selling the epicpass about a week before the first day of that ski season...once they stop...the price goes to what would be a standard season pass. Which in that case i believe last years season pass was over $2000...they earlier you buy your epic pass during the season, the cheaper it will be. There are also different epic passes for sale also...epic, epic local, epic summitvalue, epic tahoe and so on... you kust need to buy the pass that works best for you. (Example) for my purposes i am going to Breck for 8 days during the presidents day holiday...i will be buying the epic (local) pass...it was 579...i can ski on any of the included resorts on that pass on any day. If i had done the epic (summit value) pass it was 100 bucks cheaper, however i have to pay for half price at breckenridge on the 3 presidents day holiday...it says only 2 of those days are restricted...that is not true...in any case if i wanted to ski breck that sat. sun. and monday(is actual presidents day) the window price was 150 dollars per day...and my discount with my value pass would be 50% off...so 75 dollars a day x3 =225 extra dollars...so why would i buy the value pass for 100 dollars cheaper when in reality it would cost me 125 more than the epic (local) will cost in the first place...this is just an example of what you need to think about when buying one of the many epic passes. I am going to do a day at each resort with my epic (local)...i just won't ski the first 3 days at vail or BC...because those are blacked out on the local pass...i can however get them with a discount...but why bother...lol...i will just use a couple of the 10day BC/Vail tickets that come with the local pass. Hope that helped people.
post #14 of 26
Your dates are very important when it comes down to what pass you need to buy! It can cost you hundreds of dollars
post #15 of 26
We went last year and my friend did not buy a pass...he skied the exact same days as i did and i used all of my s.w.a.f.(ski with a friend) tickets for him and he ended up paying a couple hundred dollars more than myself.
post #16 of 26
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VR usually stops selling the epicpass about a week before the first day of that ski season...once they stop...the price goes to what would be a standard season pass. Which in that case i believe last years season pass was over $2000...they earlier you buy your epic pass during the season, the cheaper it will be. There are also different epic passes for sale also...epic, epic local, epic summitvalue, epic tahoe and so on... you kust need to buy the pass that works best for you. (Example) for my purposes i am going to Breck for 8 days during the presidents day holiday...i will be buying the epic (local) pass...it was 579...i can ski on any of the included resorts on that pass on any day. If i had done the epic (summit value) pass it was 100 bucks cheaper, however i have to pay for half price at breckenridge on the 3 presidents day holiday...it says only 2 of those days are restricted...that is not true...in any case if i wanted to ski breck that sat. sun. and monday(is actual presidents day) the window price was 150 dollars per day...and my discount with my value pass would be 50% off...so 75 dollars a day x3 =225 extra dollars...so why would i buy the value pass for 100 dollars cheaper when in reality it would cost me 125 more than the epic (local) will cost in the first place...this is just an example of what you need to think about when buying one of the many epic passes. I am going to do a day at each resort with my epic (local)...i just won't ski the first 3 days at vail or BC...because those are blacked out on the local pass...i can however get them with a discount...but why bother...lol...i will just use a couple of the 10day BC/Vail tickets that come with the local pass. Hope that helped people.

That's not true they sell the epic pass through December. The price does go up a little but I ended buying one in December two years ago and it was still under $600.   

post #17 of 26

First week is not right, through december is more realistic, but only partially right.  They will usually will have a first End of Sales Date around Thanksgiving, but last few years they extended the deadline a few times into the first few weeks of December.

 

Whether or not you want to play chicken with VR though is up to you.

post #18 of 26
It varies a little from year to year on the price and you are correct it was Dec. they extended the sale...i was recalling the second price jump. They start selling them early in the year then start dropping the number of buddy passes off...then they jump the price up a little as they did this sept. 7th...they will bump the price a little more close to opening...then they will put the screws to you. Just means you need to buy them early for the best deals.
post #19 of 26
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First week is not right, through december is more realistic, but only partially right.  They will usually will have a first End of Sales Date around Thanksgiving, but last few years they extended the deadline a few times into the first few weeks of December.

Whether or not you want to play chicken with VR though is up to you.
I bought mine a while back. Its a really good deal considering ticket prices.
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 

I bought the Summit Pass.  It was a decent price for what we were going to do, and I was confident that they would charge full fare throughout the season.  Heck, last year Park City never reduced its lift ticket prices even at the end of the season when the mountain was under 10% open.  I couldn't see Breck reducing lift ticket prices under any circumstances.  The SWAF pricing seems marginally good, at best.  $490 for a week at Breck seemed like the right call.  I lose money if we ski 5 days instead of 6, but I also have the flexibility to ski whatever parts of days I am there.  Plus, if I go out do Denver for business, which is not beyond the realm of possibility, I can head to Breck for a day.  We already have lodging, and a good price at that.  So there was no advantage to a package deal.

post #21 of 26
You prolly will not lose as much money as you think skiing just 4 days even. The window price for the first 3 days we were there was $150/day...just those 3 days alone would almost justify buying a pass. Is why i got the local pass. We had a condo 150yds. From the quicksilver lift and 5 of the 9 days we were there. And i believe s.w.a.f. does not apply on holidays and it is only 10-20% off anyway. Everyone else in our party did not get their pass early enough to get the buddy passes.
post #22 of 26
@yossarian143 When were you planning on going to Breck if you don't mind me asking?
post #23 of 26
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@yossarian143 When were you planning on going to Breck if you don't mind me asking?
Ignore this one. Lol i just scrolled back.
post #24 of 26

Does anyone remember how much the Summit Value Pass was back in early April when they were offering spring benefits?  I thought it was $469, but now I'm wondering if it was $489.  Since this thread started the pass price is now $519.  Not sure if they quit selling them from here. 

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post #26 of 26

Thanks Ray.

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