Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg
They are once again screwing the Steamboat locals but they did lower the RMSP Plus price to $439. Still not competitive with Vail Resorts products....if my daughter didn't force me to ski there with her friends who own a condo at Cooper I wouldn't be buying.
This rant isn't directed directly at you, it's more for anyone who complains about the cost of skiing at the front range resorts. Most of those people don't read epicski.
I don't have any sympathy for people in Colorado skiing the front range resorts. You get to ski world class resorts for cheaper than any other skiing in North America. I grew up skiing in Michigan on a piece of crap hill and right now their regular season day ticket is $50. Their season pass is about the same price as a Copper pass.
You don't like Copper? Don't ski there. Go to Ski Cooper.
If you wanna know some of the background behind this, it's on purpose. Copper really doesn't want the typical whiny front range skier showing up. "Wah... the piece of pizza cost me $5. Wah... the beer is $3. Wah.. they want to charge me $8 to park at the bottom of the lift." Should the resorts make it easy for you to brown bag your lunch and make your free parking experience a joy? I don't think they have any obligation to. The folks willing to pay a few extra bucks should get a little better treatment - and that extends to all areas, including the pass prices. Yet, next weekend Copper will do a free concerts - George Clinton, P-funk, and Matisyahu - and there will still be a bunch of people bitching about how they had to pay $5 for a 24 oz. beer.
Ever been at Copper on a 13,000 skier day? It's really not that enjoyable (nor is it enjoyable at Keystone or Breckenridge.) It's much better to have 10,000 happy skiers. There was a conscious decision a year and a half ago to cut back on numbers a bit.
(Of course, it raises the question of why you don't like Copper. You seem to imply you'd rather have a KAB pass and be skiing at Keystone or Breckenridge. Do you really think they're better mountains?)
Just be glad you don't have to buy a pass for Jackson