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Question about Colorado pass

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
We spend about 4-5 weeks each winter skiing Breck/Keystone, Obviously I'm wasting a ton of money by not having a colorado pass.

do these passes have to be purchased in person? we are going to be back here (Breck) in April, are next years passes on sale in April?

Can they be purchased online pre season? We live back east.
post #2 of 17
They must be initially purchased in person. They typically go on sale in early-, mid-April for a short time. Once you buy it once, you may renew it online each year after. Hope that helps some.
post #3 of 17
Colorado Pass was designed to attract local residents. Vail Resorts has made it difficult for out of towners to purchase. It typically goes on sale the weekend after the end of ski season. :
post #4 of 17
Does "making it difficult for out of towners" mean that you have to provide proof of Colorado residency (ie a license or a bill with your name and adress) when you purchase the pass (at REI for example) or is it sufficient to just supply a Colorado mailing address? Any recent passholders know the answer?
post #5 of 17
You don't have to be a Colorado resident at all. You can just show up and buy the pass no matter where you live. The only catch is that the times the pass is on sale aren't the most convenient for skiers coming into town to ski as the pass is generally available right after the ski season ends. Store like Colorado Ski and Golf and REI won't have the pass available for sale until the end of summer.
post #6 of 17
If I remember correctly, last year, the pass went on sale the weekend after Vail closed, but A-Basin was still open. So if you're coming for some late-season skiing at the Basin or Loveland, you could buy it. Obviously that's no guarantee that they'll sell the pass again at the same time this year.

EDIT: This was the early spring sale -- it was on sale for a few weeks only. Then they stopped selling it until late summer/fall again. There were added benefits if you bought in the spring versus the summer.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
If I remember correctly, last year, the pass went on sale the weekend after Vail closed, but A-Basin was still open.
(it must be the pain killers working their magic)

Vail Resorts passes have always been on sale before the end of the season. I always buy mine at Breckenridge at the season pass office before closing day. There are benefits to buying in the Spring.

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Originally Posted by TerryK
Colorado Pass was designed to attract local residents. Vail Resorts has made it difficult for out of towners to purchase. It typically goes on sale the weekend after the end of ski season. :
The very first pass was sold online to anyone who wanted it. The once-a-year vacation guy quickly figured out that with a break even of 5-7 days (depending on whether you skied at Vail/BC or not) it was cheaper to buy a pass than a week long ticket package. Given that why WOULDN'T they make it tougher ? Once you have it, you can renew online, so it's only tough to get the first one. I feel its skiings most valuable pass available.

To put the cost in perspective you could fly from the east coast of the US to Denver and buy the pass, stay overnight in Denver then fly home. The total of the trip cost (pass/flight/lodging) would just about equal the cost of most other passes in the country. From that point on if you renew online your cost is around $ 350-$400 depending on which pass you get.
post #8 of 17
OK Uncle Louie and other posters, thanks much for the info. One more probably really stupid (but necessary) question before I fork over the Denver airfare for a spring purchase: Does it matter that the Vail Resorts Peaks program and the associated computer has me in there w/ an east coast address? When I bought a Vail "Perfect 10" pass this year ($440 for 10 days but you have to use one day by 1/31), I asked the ticket girl about the Colorado Pass -seeing my east coast address and my online photo- she knew who I was and explained the pass was for Colorado residents only etc. Will I now have a problem w/ buying the pass in early spring (for best deals)at one of the Vail Resorts(where it seems they are only on sale) since they will know I'm east coast from my info in the computer. Hate to sound like I don't trust the helpful replies, but I'd hate like hell to spend the $ to fly all the way out there and then not be able to buy the pass at one of the Vail resorts.
post #9 of 17
Why don't you call the folks at Snow.com? 888 / 215 - 3867.

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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
I feel its skiings most valuable pass available.
Well, if you really like skiing Breck and Keystone, maybe. (I know a lot of my Colorado friends think it's sacrilegious to say so, but the only place on the Colorado Pass I really like is A-Basin.)

- KK
post #10 of 17
If you are going to ski just at Keystone and Breckenridge look into the Ski-3 pass. It is good at Breck, Keystone, and A-Basin with no black out days. This pass has been sold on line the past several years and is less money then the Colorado pass. The only differences is you can't use it at Vail or Beaver Creek.
post #11 of 17
Pay an extra $50 and ski Vail and BC 10 days.

And no, it doesn't matter if you have an east coast address.
post #12 of 17
As Harry said, you can live anywhere, but the first pass must be purchased in person. The also sell them in the late summer or fall before the season starts, but there is an advantage to buying early in hte spring (or at least renenwing- I don't know for sure if this works for new passes). 1. They only charge you about $25, with the balance charged in October. 2. this year they gave us unlimited Vail days in April (in addition to your 10).
post #13 of 17
My Mom bought a pass in October when she was visiting (She lives in MI) and did not have a problem, she renews online. I did the same many years ago before I moved out here, and many of my MI friends who bought the passes on that same trip still renew from MI online 6 years later.

Plan a fall trip and check out the Rockies without the snow, tons of great things to do.
post #14 of 17
Just to clarify one thing: at least for this season, if you bought your season pass last spring, then you got unlimited skiing at Vail/BC all of April (in addition to the 10 days); but if you bought your pass in the fall, then you didn't get the unlimited April skiing at Vail/BC (only the 10 days). I think almost all other benefits were the same regardless of time of purchase. Don't know if they'll have the same T's & C's this year.
post #15 of 17
I think in the spring you also got four $40 friend tickets.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies,

let me rephrase my original question a bit

do you have to be there in person to also buy the Ski-3 pass for the first time? someone on the lift today told me no.. but it doesn't seem logical they would change the rules for just the Ski-3 pass.
post #17 of 17
The ski three pass is no longer available for this season so I can't check it out for sure, but it is my recollection that you can buy this online just like the Rocky Mountain Superpass (Copper & WP). Then when you show up in person, or email them a photo, and they will produce your pass for you. If you email the photo, you can handle everything by mail, I think you get a peaks card back with the pass loaded on it. Don't know if you have a peaks card if they can load the pass on that, but they might be able to.

Another alternative is to buy an A-basin season pass that includes a number of days at the Vail resorts. I know a lot of locals in CO who go this route. I also don't think you need to show up in person to get the A-basin season pass.

Other than that, I agree with Uncle Louie. The Colorado Pass is one of the best deals in skiing. You should plan a trip to LGC 3 so you can pick one up and enjoy the best of spring skiing with some very interesting (ahem) people.
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