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Holy **** Aspen Lift Tickets are ridiculous

post #1 of 18
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I'm going there in a week or so and I don't even think I can afford to ski there for 4 days. I am going with a friend and havea plane ticket but seriously I can not afford to pay ******* $100/day to ski there. I am a student and might be able to get $10 off per day, but there's gotta be some better way to do it. I am going with a friend who has a lpace there and probably won't understand taking me to get discount lift tickets, and also doesnt see a problem in paying $100 for lift tickets, what's my play?
post #2 of 18
I'm not sure what your play is and I can't find the lift ticket prices on their website (sneaky). Are they literally $100 now? I live in Denver and we usually purchase the advanced passes (up to 7 days), which comes out at about $40/day. Good luck and if I see any deals I'll post.

Q: are you flying into Aspen or Denver or the Springs?
post #3 of 18
Sack up, You got a free place to stay! Skiings great!

A 4 day Christmas at the window is $352, better deals if you plan ahead. Do you have any AT gear? Largest free XC network in the country. There's always the Ho Chi Min trail if you can find it, but you won't get it from me. Well, unless you shovel my roof?

The Classic Pass is a great deal, 7 days @ $279, you just need to plan ahead.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
Sack up, You got a free place to stay! Skiings great!

A 4 day Christmas at the window is $352, better deals if you plan ahead. Do you have any AT gear? Largest free XC network in the country. There's always the Ho Chi Min trail if you can find it, but you won't get it from me. Well, unless you shovel my roof?

The Classic Pass is a great deal, 7 days @ $279, you just need to plan ahead.
Yeah I mean skiing is everything to me and i'll be able to do it, it's just that i'm a college student. I have like 500$ if i stretch it, and will def have enough money becasue luckily i still live with parents. Luckily I got an on-mountain house to stay in and got a free flight via my friends jet (ridiculous, but of course i'm gonna use it).

All in all i have nothing to complain about, and wasn't asking for any sympathy, but I just would really like to be able to find a cheaper lift ticket.

I only get like 10 days out west per year between college and other vacations and none of them will be XC, but I will gladly shovel your roof if you can get me a cheaper lift ticket...
post #5 of 18
The Classic Pass is only available if you can purchase it in person, BTW.
post #6 of 18
I think I will boycott ski hills that charge $100/day. If everybody did that, they would have to lower the price.
post #7 of 18
Find a kid in a rental shop, ticket office, etc and offer to trade beer for one of his comp tickets. Bartering works, I'd recommend calling in advance and talking to lots of random people on the phone to see what you can arrange. If you have access to things like airline vouchers, that works REALLY well.
post #8 of 18
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I think I will boycott ski hills that charge $100/day. If everybody did that, they would have to lower the price.
Yeah I'm with you here. $100 seems pretty ridiculous to slide down their mountain and still have to pay $15 for lunch. Let's start a boycott.
post #9 of 18
dang, I thought Big Sky was bad at $78/day. I feel bad telling people how much they have to pay for their family to ski here for a week. It's ridiculous.
post #10 of 18
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dang, I thought Big Sky was bad at $78/day. I feel bad telling people how much they have to pay for their family to ski here for a week. It's ridiculous.
Yes it is, but you'd be supprised to know how many people with kids don't even blink at the cost of lift tickets.

There is an unbelievable amount of money in this country.

Ever pull into the Harbor in Fort Meyers or West Palm Beach in Florida and see all the million plus dollar boats?

Or play a round of golf in a gated community where there's over a thousand houses on the course and the cheapest one starts at $900,000?

Sucks doesn't it?
post #11 of 18
Let me get this straight, you're flying free on friends jet to Aspen to stay free in a friends place??? and skiing is everything to you right? You're correct, no sympathy here because, Dude...you've got it figured out, at least on this trip. Now start working for your turns and start stretching the bucks you have. Obviously you're friend cares more about the friendship and less about how much money you have. I think you should pursue whatever savings you can without embarrassment and try to do something nice/unselfish for your friend. Have fun.
post #12 of 18
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Find a kid in a rental shop, ticket office, etc and offer to trade beer for one of his comp tickets. Bartering works, I'd recommend calling in advance and talking to lots of random people on the phone to see what you can arrange. If you have access to things like airline vouchers, that works REALLY well.
You're kidding I hope....
That would be illegal. I wouldn't recommend random calling as most people would think you're a Mtn employee checking their ethics, or will agree to trade, then report you.
post #13 of 18
I'm not sure how it is illegal? Likely to land someone in trouble with ski resort/airlines maybe...but I would think illegal would be a bit of a stretch.
post #14 of 18
Just meet me at my friend's private jet or on-slope home.
This could seriously work.
post #15 of 18
Comp's are pretty rare here, but I don't think it would be illegal to trade for them.


I didn't think about it at the time, but the OP could have purchased a College 20 day for $599. Just be a considerate quest and perhaps they will invite you back!
post #16 of 18
Sometimes if you hang around the ticket window, someone will be unloading a lift ticket cheap. Plans change, people back out etc, and voila, you have an extra ticket to unload and will offer a discount to get rid of it.
post #17 of 18
Telluride was $95 and when I went to see about getting a half day versus one of my 6-day punches, I was very surprised that it was only $13 off at $82.
post #18 of 18
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Telluride was $95 and when I went to see about getting a half day versus one of my 6-day punches, I was very surprised that it was only $13 off at $82.
yeah, it's only $10 cheaper here at big sky....I don't understand that at all...
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