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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Over christmas/new year, lift ticket prices at breck/keyston/copper seem thru the roof.. 80 bucks!!.. Guess it might not be new to the peoples of the front range but jeez..[/end rant]
post #2 of 23
Doesn't bother me one bit.
post #3 of 23
Let's see.....@ 20 runs on a Holiday(yeah right)that would be $4.00/run. I'd skiing somewhere else or spend it in the bar and prolly have a better time.
post #4 of 23
There's a place in northern Japan, Hakkoda, that is one tram to the peak, no groomers and 5000 vert of variable terrain and trees. Ten bucks a tram ride. period. a solid day non stop is 6-9 runs. (albeit, 6-9 fresh lines) thank god skis haven't inflated like that...
post #5 of 23
When I lived in CA we figured it took 30 days to break even on a season pass. Now that I live in CO looks like it only takes four
post #6 of 23
30 days to break even?

I guess our definitions of "break even" vary.

For me, since we have a family cabin on North Lake Tahoe which we rent out 2 weeks of every month from Dec-March, I am "forced" to ski both North and South Shore. To this extent I ski the first half of the month at Heavenly, where I purchased their limited $300 season pass (blacked out Thanksgiving, X-Mas, Prez Day). If I ski 6 times, I figure that pays for it since Heavenly lift tix are $70+. You ski 6 times, that's $50 a ticket, which is still cheaper than any discount tix you can get for the resort. I would probably ski Heavenly at least 6 times regardless of having a pass or not. Plus you get 3 "free" days in Colo at their sister resorts, which "forces" me to take an out of state trip.

Where the lift ticket prices get really out of whack, however, is in regards to Senior Discounts. My pops skis for $5 at Sugarbowl. But I think Squaw and most of the Colo resorts only give him like a $5 discount. Ouch.
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Yeah I was talking to a friend of mine and he mentioned how he had to ski 20 days to break eve nat Killington back in the day.. My ASC ski pass takes me 5-6 times. I am just a touch taken aback by 80 bucks..


Anyway.. I found a few 47 buck ticket coupuns for 1-3 Jan.. Figured I would ski 2 days during the 25-31 period and that way I am not quite giving and arm and a leg..
post #8 of 23

Lift Tickets

Reminded me why I moved from skiing Tahoe to No. Idaho. 2 resorts, season passes at both total $179.00 doesn't take long to break even, in fact I did it yesterday.
post #9 of 23
[quote=dookey67;607770]30 days to break even?

I guess our definitions of "break even" vary.



Back when lift tickets were $25-30 a Squaw pass was close to a grand.
Ticket prices have gone up but passes have come down.
post #10 of 23
They definitely gouge the tourons with those prices.

On your way out of Denver stop at one of the local grocery stores, King Soopers or Safeway and buy tickets there. Should be in the $50 range for most places maybe less.

The other thing is to ask season pass holders to get you a ticket on their pass. I can get four tickets a day on my WP pass. Generally two or three dollars cheaper than the Denver grocery store deal. I get discount tickets for strangers all the time.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by coug View Post
Over christmas/new year, lift ticket prices at breck/keyston/copper seem thru the roof.. 80 bucks!!.. Guess it might not be new to the peoples of the front range but jeez..[/end rant]
Come to Alta. $52/day everyday. Heck even with the Alta/Bird pass @ $71, you'll still have saved enough to buy a couple a beers (plus a tip) at days end.

L

EDIT: For the Record, Brighton is $47, Solitude is $53, Snowbird is $64 (Tram/Chairs), Snowbasin and Park City is $60, Deer Valley is $58 and the Canyons will set you back $59...
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
They definitely gouge the tourons with those prices.

On your way out of Denver stop at one of the local grocery stores, King Soopers or Safeway and buy tickets there. Should be in the $50 range for most places maybe less.

The other thing is to ask season pass holders to get you a ticket on their pass. I can get four tickets a day on my WP pass. Generally two or three dollars cheaper than the Denver grocery store deal. I get discount tickets for strangers all the time.
Thanks for the info killclimbz..

Lonnie.. Utah is next up on the list...
post #13 of 23
Complaining about the price only means you haven't done your research about where to find discounts. Only suckers pay retail(whether skis or lift tickets). Thats the nature of the business. Resorts and ski shops make most of their money off the uninformed destination travelers who buy at the ticket window or want the latest and greatest ski right now.

Regarding the ski industry: Lift ticket sales are a extremely small % of their intake. They make most of their profit off of Lodging, Real Estate,Food, and Retail Shops...thats where the money is...the ski slopes themselves are kind of like an accessory. In fact they could probably not even charge for lift tickets and still come out ahead.

There are always ways to find cheaper rates if you shop around. In Frisco the safeway has discounted tickets to copper, keystone ect..It is the uninformed destination traveler that pays full price because they don't know any better. The resorts know this. If you are willing to pay upwards of $200-$300 a night for a room in a resort next to the slope you would certainly have no problem spending $80 a day to ski so they have no problem charging $80-$90 a day. Most of the resorts lodging packages includes the lift tickets anyways.

Regarding locals they don't buy tickets at the window they get the season pass which is relatively inexpensive if you get them early. They also know where to find discounts.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by JackFrost View Post
they have no problem charging $80-$90 a day.
They charge $80/day because that's what they think they can get that will maximize their profits. Considering how packed their resorts are during holidays, I think that they are right.

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They also know where to find discounts.
I have no idea where to get discounts on anything.
post #15 of 23
Lonnie, Everyone knows that Alta isn't even worth $52.00 a day. At $80.00+ Those Colorado resorts are the real value in skiing.
post #16 of 23
Even at the discount price - $48 - it take something like 18 days before we are skiing for free at Snowbasin with the season pass.
post #17 of 23
You'd be totally suprised how many people don't care how much a lift ticket costs. There's so much money floating around out there it's sickening. The number of million dollar homes and condos in and around ski country is increasing. Many of those owners use their places only a couple times a year, then to ski a few days. They don't complain about an 80 dollar lift ticket.

As a middle income family of four skiers, you learn fast how to make a few trips to ski country and make a budget work. The best times to find good snow and less crowded slopes. The best condos and restaurants. The ways to find cheap passes and lift tickets. Deals on equipment. It's all out there for you.
post #18 of 23
Do the Denver metro area Safeways have the same pricing on their lift tickets as the one in Frisco? We will be going in late Jan. and bought them in Frisco. However, if cheaper in metro area, I am sure I could find a Safeway close to the interstate on my way up from the airport. Skiing Breck if that matters.

Thanks,
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by buz View Post
Do the Denver metro area Safeways have the same pricing on their lift tickets as the one in Frisco? We will be going in late Jan. and bought them in Frisco. However, if cheaper in metro area, I am sure I could find a Safeway close to the interstate on my way up from the airport. Skiing Breck if that matters.

Thanks,

No, they are cheaper in Denver. It used to be by quite a bit, greater than $20 at one time. It's been a long time since I have bought at the local grocery stores, since the season passes are so cheap. So it may be a little different, but it's almost a sure bet that it's cheaper in D-Town. The discounts get less as you climb up I70 out of Golden.
Probably the most convenient place to get them if you are traveling through Denver is the King Soopers off of the Youngfield and I70 exit. Just get off at Youngfield go under the highway and it's located in the shopping center on the left.
Here is their info:
KING SOOPERS
3400 YOUNGFIELD
WHEAT RIDGE, CO 80033
Store Phone: 303-238-6486
post #20 of 23
I always track breakeven days, but I use the price an INTELLIGENT day tripper would pay, not the window price. Using that price, my breakeven is around 13 days.
post #21 of 23
My ASC pass has a break even at 6 days. No brainer there.
post #22 of 23
Thanks Killclimbz. I will try them, as the safeway in dillon/frisco wasn't much of a discout, maybe $5 per day last year.

Will let you know if the discount is better, just FYI
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
My ASC pass has a break even at 6 days. No brainer there.
Yeah even better, a Colorado pass (379.00) has a break even point of less then 5 days, considering 10 days at Vail/BC (@ walkup price of 81.00).

When you factor in the unlimited A-Basin, Breck, Keystone days it is an almost too good to be true deal. Oh yeah April days don't count against the 10 basic days allocated at Vail/BC this season.

The point is well taken, daily walk up tix prices are up, season pass prices are down.

If I skied CO on a regular basis but did not live here, I would bite the bullet in the Fall, travel and buy a pass in person, re enlist online every Spring.
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