I can guarantee you that lifts and season passes are our #1 money-maker (hint: I work in finance for Steamboat)
And breckview, I like your idea for a vail-type unit pass.
And jhcooley, excellent post, I couldn't agree with you more.
Makes you think many people feel like I do. Tam, first let me welcome you to Epic Ski. It's good to have someone from Steamboat online with us whi has inside knowledge and information about the Resort. You can be a tremendous help here and hope you make time to do so.
I first went to Steamboat in 1981. My Sister in Law lived in Kremmling at the time and we skied there every time we visited, which was quite often. It was like a second home to us. My kids practically grew up skiing there, 3 and 4 when they first skied there. My Son grew up loving the place and went to CMC there in Steamboat for two years. We've seen the changes in the past 25 years. More so than others who have only been there a few times. One thing has always remained for us as a family. Steamboat is still a second home and a favorite. But, what used to be four trips a year to Steamboat is now just a thought and memories as I have said, they priced themselves out of my market. As much as I still love the place, I can't justify spending $4000 plus a year to ski there when we can ski the Vail Resorts and Copper for one third that. I'm just one of many that I've taked to who feel this way. I'm a tourist. You take all the front range skiers and give them to ski the Boat as reasonably as say Breckenridge or Copper and they might not do the extra drive ever weekend but they certainly will a whole lot more often then they do now. Better Pass deals will increase the skier visit numbers at Steamboat. Give them an extra $20 a day in their pocket by a cheaper pass or lift ticket and they'll spend it in town or at the resort, maybe one of those $15 hamburgs or something. Cheaper passes will help, not hurt.