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Summit County CO, Ski Pass Info & Prices

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SUMMIT COUNTY - Let the season ski pass bidding wars begin.

Intrawest officials released their season pass prices late Tuesday afternoon, prompting Vail Resorts to lower the prices they announced earlier that day.

Arguably, the biggest change in Vail Resorts' deals is that Buddy Passes are now available to anyone, anywhere.

The Buddy Pass debuted in 1998-1999 to compete with Winter Park, which offered a season pass price not seen since the 1970s. The Buddy Pass bundled Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone ski areas into one ticket for $249. For an additional $10, skiers could opt for the Colorado Pass and ski 10 days at Vail.

Since then, local skiers have come to expect the cheap pass prices - and tourists were beginning to demand them.

"We had a lot of destination guests riding the chairlift with locals and hearing about all the great deals they get," said Kelly Ladyga, corporate communications director for Vail Resorts. "They wanted to take advantage of a similar deal - and we wanted to build loyalty and encourage multiple visits over the year."

Hence, Vail created the Ski Three pass, part of the myriad pass options from which skiers have to choose for the 2003-2004 season. The Ski Three pass - essentially the Buddy Pass for destination skiers - will be available for $299 for adults and $119 for children ages 5 to 12. There are no blackout days.

Beginning Aug. 29, skiers can purchase the Colorado Pass for $319 or the Buddy Pass for $299 at various Front Range locations. Unlike last year, the prices are the same regardless of whether the pass is new or being renewed.

Two other passes targeted toward Vail Resorts' destination skiers will be available this season, as well.

The Perfect 10, in its third year and priced at $349 for adults and $199 for children, gives skiers and riders 10 days at any of Vail Resorts' Colorado mountains and Heavenly in California. It is currently available online or at any mountain ticket window from opening day through Jan. 31.

"We're trying to encourage multiple visits in one season," Ladyga said. "It will be interesting to see how consumers respond to it. Feedback we'd been getting was, "If you offer us this product, we will likely come more than once a season.' It's designed to keep them skiing and riding at an affordable rate at our resorts."

A third pass, designed to showcase the changes at Keystone, is available for $259. It is only available in the fall.

"It gives them one more choice and more variety," Ladyga said of the Keystone Pass. "We want them to see the new terrain park, the new Mountain House, the energized River Run village."

Not to be outdone, Intrawest will again offer its Rocky Mountain Super Pass ($319, $129 for kids), good for Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Mary Jane ski areas. Separate Winter Park and Copper Mountain passes are also available (the Copper pass is $259, $129 for kids.) Copper Mountain also offers seniors 70 and older passes for the cost of a $20 processing fee; however, this year, those passes are good for use Monday through Thursdays only. Kids 5 and under can also get a pass for a $20 processing fee.

Colorado Intrawest passholders also can take advantage of numerous benefits, including discount lift tickets, savings on rental equipment and one-year subscriptions to SKIING magazine.

[ August 21, 2003, 06:53 AM: Message edited by: Kima ]
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Can anyone tell me how to get these passes online or by mail?

Or do you have to get it in person?

I'm doing 3 weeks in CO this year and the pass that offers the 10 days @ Vail/Beaver with unlimited A-basin, Breck, and Keystone would be great.

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Hey you destination skiers!!!!

How much of an impact will this make to your travel plans this year?

Will you buy one of the passes? Will you travel to Keystone, Breck, and A Basin more often, or for longer? Or will it not really change your plans?

I'm trying to decide what pass to buy and I'm wondering if the Buddy pass resorts are going to be more crowded this year since they are available to non-locals this year.
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Also available is the A-Basin bonus pass, A-Basin season pass with 5 bonus days at Keystone, Breck, or Vail for $229. I've been seriously considering this one since 5 days combined at any of the resorts mentioned would be more than the season pass price. If I do buy, I can see me burning some serious FF miles to Denver when a storm is in the works.

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Will the Copper/WP pass be valid at Whistler or other Intrawest resorts too?
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Originally posted by Kima:
XDog did you try http://www.snow.com/feature3.asp ?
Yes, thanks.

But I just don't see the pass with the extra days @ Vail/Beaver.

The ski 3 pass will definitely do the trick though.
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I do not see it either, in the past though with the buddy pass you could buy tickets at a reduced rate at Vail. Still a very good deal.

[ August 27, 2003, 08:10 AM: Message edited by: Kima ]
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