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Rocky Mtn Super Pass vs. Epic / Colorado Pass

post #1 of 14
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I'm a recent move to Colorado (last summer) and this season I picked up the Rocky Mtn Super Pass for my family.  We had a great time and loved both Copper and Winter Park.  I also liked that both seemed easy (relatively) to get to from my home in Denver, parking was free, getting to the lifts was seldom a problem, and brown bagging it was painless as lockers and microwaves were easy to find.

I have a cousin who's an Epic pass holder and it was hard for us to hook up and he suggested the Colorado pass.  I was looking into and hoping for some comparisons from a "local" skier's perspective.  I'm doing the dreaded I70 commute most of the time, have my own gear, typically bring my own lunch, and looking to make it cost free as possible.  Everyone in my house is at least a competent skier.

The only place I've tried was Breck and while I hit it on an off day for me (end of 5 straight days of hard skiing...man I was beat) I was seriously unimpressed.  Blues that seemed way too easy, hard to get into, and a complete zoo in terms of crowds.  That being said it was a off day and maybe I need to give it another chance.  I've always heard Vail and Beaver Creek were awesome but I've also heard it's hard to get into, parking isn't free, and brown bagging isn't easy, not to mention the additional distance tough for a day trip.  That sort of leaves Keystone and A-Basin and the 'regular' mountains for us.  Are they worthy alternatives to Copper and Winter Park?

Any other local wisdom would be appreciated!

Thanks!


Sieg

post #2 of 14
Live large, buy both !
Parking is free @ the Beav, just have to ride the bus for a short!
post #3 of 14
Sieggy,

    I have the Colorado Pass.  Unless you are going to ski Vail and Beaver Creek more than ten times and don't want to worry about blackout dates, the Colorado Pass would suit you.  I buy it to get my ten days in at the above areas but, the parking is terrible for Vail and, Beaver is not good for brown-bagging it since you can't park near the mountain.  I have managed to shuttle in to Vail from free parking but, they do their best to make you hate it and poney up the $25.  I don't know if I will renew the pass at the end of the year because none of the Colorado Pass mountains (except Abasin) seem to care about Front Range skiiers anymore.  No matter what pass you get I hope you can enjoy some weekdays because I-70 is a zoo.  I think your cousin may come around to your pass unless he gets VIP parking. 
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input guys.  Mr. Vertical, if I could afford both I would believe me.  Unfortunately I'm buying.maintaining gear and passes for five people.  Simply not in the budget :(.  I'll have to look into the busing at Beaver for when I do make it up there thoughq.  I really don't see myself doing more than a day or two there though.  Too damn far to drive.  I've had a couple people tell me Breck, while crowded at times, deserves a second look and Keystone and A-Basin are nice mountains too.  That's probably the way I'm going to go but feel to share any more advice and thoughts if anybody has any.  Thanks again!
post #5 of 14
If you already like WP/Copper, then go with the Super Pass+ and get 6 days additional days at Steamboat for the same price.  With the money you would save over the Epic, you could do two nice long weekends in Steamboat.  You could also consider Loveland? 
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Full disclosure: I work for Vail. It's better I'm up front about it than trying to sneak in a message like other brands out there. That being said this is the number one question every season isn't it? It's not important what I think between the debate but I'm curious, other than price what are those features you'd like to see in a season pass? What type of value would you want to see associated to a pass?

 

Whether or not everyone here skis at Steamboat or Vail you have to admit, this year was incredible! Hope you had a fun and safe season.

 

-drew

 

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post #7 of 14

So Sieggy, what did you decide on...for me the answer has been both passes the last two years (and a LL 4 pack).  I like the VR pass because you get 5 mountains to choose from (all with something good to offer), but if I had to ski only 1 mountain locally, I think it would be Copper b/c it has something for everyone, lighter crowds than the VR properties (except BC) and because it is the closest for me.

 

Yes Drew, it was a great year with more possibly on the way tonight (if it cools down as forecast- it is about 50 now).

post #8 of 14

Seems like parking is a big issue at VR resorts.  Perhaps you could offer a pass with a parking or shuttles from Denver?

post #9 of 14

Or, discount parking for passholders when they car pool...something like that!

 

Is there food discount for pass holders?

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

I ended up going with the RMSP and I think that was right decision.  Snow has been kind to Copper and Winter Park as well as Vail so we've had some great powder days this season.  Couldn't do both passes as that was simply too much money for a family of 5.  Going for the Colorado pass would have had us skiing at Breck or Keystone most of the time.  Vail is just too far to drive for our typical day trip and I like Copper better than Breck or Keystone.  We did end up doing a lot of Winter Park time as well this year and had a blast.  Pretty positive we're going to stick with next year as well.

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I ended up going with the RMSP and I think that was right decision.  Snow has been kind to Copper and Winter Park as well as Vail so we've had some great powder days this season.  Couldn't do both passes as that was simply too much money for a family of 5.  Going for the Colorado pass would have had us skiing at Breck or Keystone most of the time.  Vail is just too far to drive for our typical day trip and I like Copper better than Breck or Keystone.  We did end up doing a lot of Winter Park time as well this year and had a blast.  Pretty positive we're going to stick with next year as well.


Same here.  My kids will be getting Colorado passes and Copper passes because their race program will require it.  The wife and I will be Copper only and I'll save my money for some trips to Utah or Cali.  I had the Vail pass for years and don't miss anything but the Basin.  If Copper ever gets anywhere near as crowded as the VR family I might switch back but not till then.

 

post #12 of 14

Copper is an amazing mountain and the vibe at Mary Jane is great. Also you can get good accomodations in and around both Frisco and Winter Park for a reasonable number.

 

You could consider adding a four pack for Loveland too. it's cheap and would give you a late season option or just a change of venue. I believe they sell in the summer or fall for about $100 for four transferable no black out day tickets. You and your spouse could ski two days each and then purchase $25 children's tickets for your kids.

post #13 of 14

You should really give Breck another chance on a day when it isn't so crowded... and if the blues are too easy for you go off-piste or they have plenty of black trails on Peak 10 and Peak 8.

post #14 of 14
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jay, I've heard that.  I need to get my cousin, who typically gets the Epic Pass, to take me up there for a day and do some of the harder stuff.  I will have to say the the ease of getting on a short bus ride at Copper or literally just walking over to the lift right by you at Mary Jane is super nice.  It was hard to get into Breck, though again the day I went was super crowded.

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