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."