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3/20/08 at 3:50pm
Reservations were WAY WAY off this season in Summit County according to my sources. I suspect Vail was much the same. Let's face it, it was a pretty good snow year in most areas of the country and that has a major impact on a place like Vail. What suffers ? Lodging. Other reasons ? Fuel prices. While it doesn't effect most of us serious types here at Epic. It effects the public in general.
Why would Vail do it? It's a $ 579 dollar vacation lift ticket for the "once a year crowd". Not much of a dollar loss there if any. Will the Denver / local crowd ski on the previous blackout days.....no. Why? It's crowded then. It will probably bump skier visits (makeing future development easier) and providing more $$$ for the Village (undergoing MAJOR expansion)
We look at it here as how many "extra days" we get for the extra dough. The point is.........you now have access to a season's pass to any or ALL.........Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek and Heavenly (and I think......A-Basin) for
Is there a season's pass anywhere for areas like this at this price. I think not.
Personally I doubt that I will get in more than 10 days at Vail / BC as I have always "just hit" 10, and recently they made all of April available if you bought in the Spring the season before. A no-brainer. I'm going to wait and see what they do to the Colorado and Buddy Pass.
It's a great deal. Will it effect most of us here at Epic? Well maybe the local crowd and Denver crowd to some small degree. The rest of us.....probably not. Let's face it. The vast majority of us here are WAY more tuned than the average Joe on the hill (sorry to all you Joe's out there). We know when to go and when not to go to avoid any increase in crowds.
Probably just gonna stick to the Colorado Pass, renew in spring and get all of April free.
With no other info but my best guess......I think you will see 2 passes for next season.
The Epic Pass and the Colorado Pass MINUS the 10 days (and free April) will be the only options. Just a guess on my part (and the reason I'm a little nervous)
Here's my take....
Vail Associates has been ferociously buying real estate & high-ticket lodging.
I reckon the Epic Pass is primarily designed at filling the 10k+/week hotel rooms with people from NYC, Dallas, South America, etc. by providing these people with an incentive to visit 2-3 times per year instead of once yearly.
OTOH, as someone who has been paying for 2 adult & 2 child unrestricted passes, this pass puts a HUGE grin on my face
I already bought my 4 passes for next year after seeing the small print "prices subject to change"