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Vail Resorts Season Pass?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I seem to recall some really cheap early season deals for a season pass at the Vail Resorts. I think it was good for Breck & Keystone and up to ten weekdays at Vail and BC. I tried to search on here but can't find a good thread. Am I crazy and just dream this? If not, when do these go on sale for the next season?

Thanks for the help!

Ty
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post #3 of 19
I believe you can renew the passes in May or June if you had one the previous year. If you're a first time buyer, then I think they go on sale around September or so. The price goes up $20 once the pass has been on sale for a month.
post #4 of 19

Colorado Pass Pricing?

I just visited the link indicated by Breckview and found nothing regarding price for the Colorado Pass. Wasn't it on the order of $300 this year? Maybe even less?
post #5 of 19
They don't post rates when the pass is not on sale. Here is the deal (as it was last year)

If you are a first time buyer you must get the pass in person. After that you can renew online if you wish.

The pass is available in the late Spring, usually the last week to 10 days of the season, and is a little cheaper than buying it in the fall and has more bennies. You can aso put a small deposit down at that point and pay the balance in Sept.

The pass goes on sale again in mid-Sept usually through Nov 1st, but they have been known to extend that sale date.

The price last year was $ 349 in the Spring and $ 399 in the fall.

Now for this comercial message.....If you come to the bash in the Spring you can meet and ski with a bunch of Bears and get your pass (as you would have to fly out at some point anyway, you might as well come when there is some skiing to be had)

Go to the Lets Go Colorado II thread in the Meet on the Hill forum and check it out.

Now, back to our scheduled program.....

UL
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies... If I miss it, would someone post when they do go on sale this year... I plan a trip out for that.

Ty
post #7 of 19
They don't announce ahead for the Spring sales...they play the waiting game with Intrawest (Copper) and see who blinks first..

It has always been on sale the last week of the season, which this year is 4/16 - 4/23 at Breckenridge and Vail. Of course no one will know for sure if they will put it on sale or not in the Spring...It could change....but shouldn't.

Come ski with us and grab your pass then....

UL
post #8 of 19
One thing VR doesn't tell you about - and I could find no mention of on the website - is there is a drop-dead date on the pass if it isn't used by some arbitrary date, I think sometime in Febuary before pres. day weekend. That is, if you don't use the pass by this date it will be invalidated and you lose your money - sorry, no refunds:. Presumably this is to keep out-of-towners from buying a pass and coming out only to use it in high-season. this happened to a buddy who moved away from denver right before ski season but had already purchased his pass. He ended up getting an e-mail sometime in Feb. saying that his pass was no longer good. Never received a warning by the way!
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
They don't announce ahead for the Spring sales...they play the waiting game with Intrawest (Copper) and see who blinks first..

It has always been on sale the last week of the season, which this year is 4/16 - 4/23 at Breckenridge and Vail. Of course no one will know for sure if they will put it on sale or not in the Spring...It could change....but shouldn't.

Come ski with us and grab your pass then....

UL
Is this for all Intrawest resorts? I am getting a Heavenly pass for next year.
post #10 of 19
That's a good question (secret) agent.5.

I suspect the word comes from the main office in Vail. How close Heavenly has to listen is a whole different matter...

They put the Colorado Pass on sale here last season @ April 15th.....I'll bet if passes went on sale at the same time at Heavenly, your answer would be yes. Just speculation on my part here.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Good info summitskier. Thanks for the heads up!

Ty
post #12 of 19

First time purchase of Colorado pass question...

Do all parties have to buy "in person" or can I purchase for myself and my 16 year old daughter? (We live in the midwest)
post #13 of 19
You have to get your first pass in person, since there is a picture on it.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
You have to get your first pass in person, since there is a picture on it.
Guess again Harry ! They used to do 1st time passes over the internet and you could send them a 1 X 1 picture or have your pass modified when you arrived at the area. (at which point it became valid).

Once the tourists realized their payback period was 5 days, everybody bought one because it was cheaper than buying a weeks worth of passes. Needless to say that idea didn't last very long.

So, now you must buy your 1st pass in person. That way it's really painfull if you live a long distance away to pack the family on a plane or in the van for a trip.....just to get a pass.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by exoman
Do all parties have to buy "in person" or can I purchase for myself and my 16 year old daughter? (We live in the midwest)
All first passes must be bought in person....after that you can renew in person or online.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
All first passes must be bought in person....after that you can renew in person or online.
Right you are Uncle Louie.

I think though, summitskier is wrong. I don't ever recall anything saying the pass isn't valid if not used before a certain date, do you?

There is however, a take ten pass that states that for the pass to be valid, it must be used at least one day before January 1rst. I could be wrong though, but not likely.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lars
I think though, summitskier is wrong. I don't ever recall anything saying the pass isn't valid if not used before a certain date, do you?
Possibly (I never found anything in writing on this either), but I swear it happened to a friend of mine the 04-05 season. I would call vail resorts just to make sure.

Edit: actually it was 04-05 - last season
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
Guess again Harry ! They used to do 1st time passes over the internet and you could send them a 1 X 1 picture or have your pass modified when you arrived at the area. (at which point it became valid).

Once the tourists realized their payback period was 5 days, everybody bought one because it was cheaper than buying a weeks worth of passes. Needless to say that idea didn't last very long.

So, now you must buy your 1st pass in person. That way it's really painfull if you live a long distance away to pack the family on a plane or in the van for a trip.....just to get a pass.
I'm sorry, did I miss something? This is exactly what I said- you have to get your first pass in person, then you can renew online.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
I'm sorry, did I miss something? This is exactly what I said- you have to get your first pass in person, then you can renew online.
The reason for the purchase of the pass in person. It had nothing to do with having a picture on it or not as you indicated in your post above.

I originally bought my first online many years ago and sent a picture in via snail mail.

Vail Resorts doesn't want this to happen as anyone who is headed that way for a week on vacation will end up buying a pass if they manage to find it online. Make them buy the first in person, in the fall and they drastically cut down on who shows to get it...

It has nothing to do with the picture...that was my only point....
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