Originally Posted by faisasy
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.
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.