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Some Utah Season Passes

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
It is time to start thinking about purchasing your season pass. For the most part, if you purchase before September 10 (or so), you can receive a $100 discount. Here are some current prices of season passes at Utah ski areas. Deer Valley = $1345
PCMR = $950
The Canyons = $769 on renewal or $849
Alta = $899
Snowbird = $949
Alta/Snowbird = $1200.
I renewed my pass at The Canyons. The Alta/Snowbird pass is a good deal. Deer Valley is sick. (BTW, DV has increased the price of a daily ticket to $74!):
post #2 of 22
But the smart shopper will bypass the ticket window, and find a lodging packege with a built in lift ticket discount.
Glad i still have friends in the industry,
post #3 of 22
Chamber passes are generally $100 - $300 less than those list by the OP. Of course, you have to be a member of the Chamber or get in on someone's business that is a member.

Still waiting for Utah to get pass wars like they have in CO.
post #4 of 22
What is the cost for a solo Alta or Snowbird pass?
post #5 of 22
Canyons has it in his OP. The prices quoted are for solo Alta or solo Snow Bird prices. Combined is $1200.
post #6 of 22
Unless you're going to ski at Alta for over 25 days, it'd be better to get that discount card they offer. $99 for the card, and it allows you to buy $29 lift tickets all season long. Over 30 days and you should get a season pass.

Are there any other deals like this card for the 'Bird, Brighton, or Soli out there?
post #7 of 22
Also, don't forget the midweek passes. I think DV was around $800 last year but had blackout dates (xmas etc.)
post #8 of 22
Originally Posted by Ullr rips
Also, don't forget the midweek passes. I think DV was around $800 last year but had blackout dates (xmas etc.)
having blackouts don't bother me, i know how nuts it can be there over black out days.
And if you have a a spare$2,500(last yrs cost??) sitting around you can buy a dv bolo for unlimited skiing any time they r open. No black out with this pass. Most of the skiing real estate agents buy them, to give to clients for the day.
And a few buisnesses buy them for emplyoees, a perk working for them. My wife's company has them for thier employees and guests.
Dont forget about the Utah Locals Coupon book. a book of ten runs you $460. thats $46.00 a day.Must have Utah id. And they used to give you credit on next years book, if you didnt use all of this years book.

or if your lucky,, have friends that have passes to give to anyone.
post #9 of 22
I got a season pass to The Canyons last year. Didn't become a fan of it. Not too much good snow (good terrain, just bad snow), the only good snow was off of Peak 5 lift and Ninety-Nine Ninety lift. I skied the North Face constantly there, pretty awesome powder. At THE CANYONS snow that was on the sunny side of the mountain was horrible: Crusty Powder, Icy, Hardpack, Ice moguls. If you ever go to the Canyons only go on these special runs: The Abyss-Peak 5; North Face-9990; The Pines-Saddleback; Mystic Pines if it is powder-Peak 5; and Canis Lupis-Super Condor. Out of one-hudred and forty somethin trail only those five I mentioned are in my opionion the only "great" runs...

This year I got a pass to Alta just because of their snow quality
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Dude. What type drugs are you on? Nothing personal. You are just WAY off base. Obviously, you do no skiing beyond the gates. Peak 5 has some of the best hidden stashes of pow in Utah. Dreamscape also. 9990 is a peak with miles of great snow. The same is true of the Super Condor lift. Murdoch's Peak is an unbelieveable bowl. The Pines, Ecstacy, and the other tree skiing off of Tombstone is fantastic. Don't trash a mountain unless you have a clue.
post #11 of 22
Deer Valley pass for $1345
Alta and Snowbird for $1200

Hmm... Tough choice
post #12 of 22
From todays Park record.

Resorts' seasons passes go on sale for 2005-2006

Good news, bad news in the for upcoming winter resort pass prices

By ANNA BLOOM, Of the Record staff

As summer winds down, Deer Valley Resort, The Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort reveal their early bird specials for the upcoming 2005-2006 winter season.
Next season appears to be a good mix of positive and negative price changes. The cost of a pass or coupon book generally increases over time with the cost of living, but there are some deals to be had.

The Canyons Resort

The good news: The Canyons will be offering a No Brainer pass for those 18 to 25 years of age that's a change from last year, according to The Canyons Brand Manager Heather LaPerle.

"Anyone in the age group of a college pass can get the No Brainer," she explained. "In the past you had to be in college, but now, it's open to the whole age group so we have a more transitional product from the really inexpensive youth passes."

The price for Utah honor roll students has been reduced as well to $79, LaPerle added.

"We want local kids to be able to take advantage of all they have in their backyard," she said.

But, LaPerle insists, The Canyons wants anyone who likes to slide no matter what age. True to their word, a new Super Senior pass is now available for those 70 and older. The price: $99.

The price for renewing a pass can be up to $30 cheaper. While prices will stay the same for those 25 and under, adult prices change September 5. Weather permitting, The Canyons plans to open the Friday before Thanksgiving, on November 18, according to LaPerle.

Deer Valley Resort

Some not-as-good news: Deer Valley's daily ticket price will jump three dollars to $74 according to Deer Valley Communications Coordinator Erin Grady. All the more reason, it seems to buy their five- or 10- day locals coupon book, which reduces the daily rate by almost half. The five-day coupon books are $250 for seven days a week. The 10-day coupon book cost $460 for seven days and reduced to $400 for Monday through Friday.

According to Grady, the best season pass rates happen before October 31, when the rates for adult passes (18 and older) are $1,345. New this year, the resort will allow those purchasing two season passes to get the second at a reduced rate of $1,100.

Deer Valley tots (ages one to three years) season pass costs $130; the child's pass (ages four to 12 years) costs $340, teen pass (13 through 17) costs $560. Deer Valley has no college-aged pass like PCMR and The Canyons.

If the snow base is solid, Deer Valley Plans to open Nov. 14, Grady said.

Park City Mountain Resort

In other not-so-great season pass price news: at Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) seniors 70 and older will no longer be able to ski free. But at $249, the rate is still 75 percent less than a regular season pass, PCMR Communications Manager Krista Parry notes.

PCMR has also raised its adult season pass from $850 before Sept. 15 last year, to $950 this year.

But, the good news: student passes are still available at a reduced rate as they have for the past five years, Parry said. Kids seven through 12 ski for $99, and kids 13 through 18 can ski all season long for $149.

Young adults, ages 18 to 23 can purchase a season pass at PCMR for $450.

PCMR plans to open Nov. 19, according to Parry, but for the fourth year in a row, they will be having a Nov. 18 benefit day, charging skiers and riders a fraction of the typical day lift ticket price. In the past three years, the resort has raised over $100,000 for the Park City Education Foundation, Parry said.

PCMR has been busy preparing for the 2005-2006 season and according to Parry, the resort has purchased 10 new snow-making guns to help build a strong early base.

"We're really looking forward to this season last season the snow was so good," she said. "We've been working really hard this summer getting ready."
post #13 of 22
Snowbasin is $800 before Oct 1, $925 after.

Day pass is $58, $46 with discount card, which is available for $20 until Dec 17.

Also available is a 10 coupon book for $460 for Utah residents only.
post #14 of 22
The discount card was a good deal at snowbasin last year and if you find yourself skiing more than you expected you can show them the receipts and they will apply that to the seasons pass.

Great resort.
post #15 of 22
Alta Skier Wrote:

"Out of one-hudred and forty somethin trail only those five I mentioned are in my opionion the only "great" runs..."

Canyons Wrote:

"Dude. What type drugs are you on? Nothing personal. You are just WAY off base."

The truth is probably somehwhere in between. Alta Skier correctly summed up that The Canyons suffers from extreme exposure issues and has HUGE variation in conditions throughout the area. Canyons correctly summed up that the terrian is some of the best in the state. Opinions on the place seem to be more polarized than any other place I've been to. Some people love it, others hate it. I personally can't stand the place, but it's more about the crappy management and their stunningly poor decisions, rather than it is about the actual skiing experience.

post #16 of 22
from the Summit news, Frisco,Co
Mirror, mirror, who has the priciest ski passes of them all?

special to the daily
August 13, 2005

ASPEN - Mirror, mirror on the ski town wall, who has the priciest season pass of all? It all depends upon how early in the season you buy the pass of course, but it would appear that Sun Valley or perhaps Vail is at the top.

Sun Valley will charge $1,775 for an unrestricted pass for next winter. Vail won't announce its price until September, but last winter it charged $1,649 for a comparable pass. Jackson Hole is at $1,595 and Aspen is at $1,579, although both prices will soon rise.

And on down the line: Telluride at $1,375, Deer Valley at $1,345, Park City at $950, Steamboat at $925 and Crested Butte at $768.

For bottom feeders, there are all sorts of deals, even at many of these same ski areas. Vail has 10- and 20-day passes, while Jackson Hole has a pass called the Weekend Warrior. The smaller ski areas, in contrast, almost give away their passes. At Snow King, a small ski area located in the town of Jackson, the season pass costs all of $99.

Aspen trolls for skies in the Denver market

ASPEN - It's a three-and-a-half hour drive from Denver to Aspen, with turnoffs for 12 ski areas along the way. Still, Aspen sees some Front Range skiers - and hopes to see more.

Last year the Aspen Skiing co. introduced a seven-day Classic Pass, at a cost of $179. The pass was intended as a counter to the Colorado Passport, which allows unlimited access to three ski resorts in Summit County plus 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek, or both. This year, the price has gone up to $219.

"Our Classic Pass was very successful in the Front Range, as well as the (Roaring Fork) valley," David Perry, senior vice president of marketing, told The Aspen Times. He would not divulge how successful the pass has been, but the Times said he clearly feels there are more customers to tap from the Front Range.

However, he did say that the average purchaser of one of the Vail Resorts passes uses it nine times; he did not give comparable figures for those purchasing Aspen's pass.
post #17 of 22
Originally Posted by Powdr
I personally can't stand the place, but it's more about the crappy management and their stunningly poor decisions,

Can you be more specific?
post #18 of 22
Can you buy Lift Tickets for Deer Valley for a discounted price in SLC? My friends and I will be there the first week of January.
post #19 of 22
Utah Ski n Golf rental shops, one at the airport, as well as other locations in the valley, and up in PC. Also try the 7-11 stores in PC.
Sorry don't know how deep of discounts they are.
post #20 of 22

Do you really want me to get started?

*rant on*

1) Poor land Stewardship - although the location of The Canyons/Wolf Mt/Park West has always presented a unique issue, the current management (ASC) has made matters worse. The original Park West was located in just about the worst possible spot in the greater Park City area. Where PCMR & DV got mostly N/NW facing slopes, they were left with NE/E/S facing slopes. It was a poor location for a ski area then, and is still one now. To make matters worse, Park West ripped out any vegetation that there was around the base area and bulldozed ridgelines for ski runs. The result: poor snow/water management that places young forest at risk (Park City was de-forested during the mining era). Look at this area in the early or late season, it has by far the least amount of snow anywhere in the Park City area. It’s like they picked a micro banana belt.

2) Greedy Real Estate [over]Development - The Canyons had a golden opportunity to undo the years of scars left by Park West/Wolf Mt. by locating their base development away from the old base area and re-forest that area. The old base area was just a ramshakle collection of decrepit building not worth saving. The new base area could have been tucked up against the foot of the tombstone area, serving two positive purposes: a more Northerly aspect and a less obtrusive cluster, away from the viewshed. Instead, The Canyons built even more eyesores along the barren old base area, forever sealing that areas fate as an ugly eyesore to the Park City area. What’s even worse, their flagship building doesn’t even fit its surroundings; it highest sections tilt away from the ridgeline behind it, making for a strange contrast and a rather unpleasant effect. BTW, they didn’t develop the area by Tombstone because they saved that for the super-riche Colony development. Yes, money talked and they left the dregs for the masses. The area where the Colony sits, is by far the best access to the mountain and consists of ideal mellow beginner/intermediate N facing terrain, perfect for that sought-after demographic; high paying tourists.

3) [Over]Development of Prime Back Country Area – Admittedly, this is probably more personal and of little concern to many others, but they thew down an awful lot of runs and lifts in an area that was a prime back country touring/skiing area. 9990, White Pine, Red Pine, Western Monitor (still undeveloped) were/are some of the best area along the Wasatch Crest. Damit, I liked those areas!

4) Not finishing the Job – If they are going to go through the trouble of [over]developing the area, at least they could complete it. Every time I go there, I get the feeling it’s a work in progress. It just feels incomplete, unpolished.

*rant off* (I warned you)

post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
Powdr: I respectfully disagree with a lot, if not most, of what you say. Before buying property in PC, I looked at houses and condos in most areas including Deer Valley, Thaynes Canyon, Pinebrook, Park Meadows, Prospector, The Canyons and Silver Springs. After a year of searching, I chose a condo at The Canyons based upon location, amenities, snow quality and value. While it is true that The Canyons' base lacks snow in the early/late season, the snow on skiable terrain (higher than the Pine Lodge) is superior to that of DV and PCMR. As you know, The Canyons opens for skiing before both DV and PCMR. While the base may seem bare, the eight peaks rock from November thru April. The only problem is that you may have to ride the gondola down to the base in early/late season.
I was unable to understand your disdain for The Canyons for quite some time. Now, I think that I do. It seems that you are bummed because ASC opened some of your private stashes to the public. To me, 9990 and Peak 5 offer some of the best (and hidden) skiing in the country. Even with the lifts, these peaks are still uncrowded, unspoiled and contain some of the most challenging terrain in the Wasatch. Right now, it is not overdeveloped, just more developed than it was prior to the turn of the century.
Lastly, you're right, The Canyons is still a work in progress. It is incomplete, but certainly not unpolished. In a few years, this place will be the largest area (skiable terrain) in the USA. Even if management dioesn't construct another lift, or carve out another trail, The Canyons would still have the most awesome (and natural) terrain in the PC area.
I know that you dislike ASC, everyone does, but you should come to The Canyons to make some turns. You won't be disappointed. This is regardless of whether you come on December 10 or April 10. Who knows, maybe I will even buy you a beer and a shot of tequila. Peace
post #22 of 22

Hey, I'm the 1st to admit I hold a grudge about the whole terrain grab thing, but my dislike goes deeper. I just can't get over the feeling of the place being half baked and poorly concieved. They had such a great opportunity to build a truly awesome place and l believe they missed the mark. I remember standing on top of places like 9990 & Square Top and drooling over the possibilities of a lift served empire. The terrain is as you say, is world class. How it turned out, to me is just so dissapointing. As far as best natural terrain of the PC resorts, I could argue that Homelight, Ohm Zone, Twilight (PCMR) & Lady Morgan, Daly Chutes, Ontario Knob (@ DV) are pretty good too, not to mention Western Monitor & Iron Mountain in the BC. Anyway, I don't hate the place so much that I don't drop in from time to time on my way to Mill D/Desolation or even spending an occasional day there w/ my kids. You never know, I might just take you up on that beer.
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