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post #31 of 610
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie View Post

I think it's almost a no-brainer for you with the amount of time you ski in Summit County.  You can always downgrade to the Colorado pass with 10 days at Vail / BC next season buying on-line saving about $ 150 if you won't need unlimited days at Vail and Beaver Creek.
 

Not living in Colorado I still got an Epic Pass 2 years ago. Skied 18 CO days. Skipped Colorado last year (SLC gathering yea!) 

This year I planned to ski CO a lot but I found the price of the Epic Pass was up a lot.  No problem when I found they'd let me downgrade online to a Colorado Pass

even though I skipped a year. Works here.

 

Since I renewed in April they're allowing me unlimited Vail & BC days in April 2011 !   Perfect for the gathering.
 

post #32 of 610

It looks like I may have the time off from work at this point (i work a 2 wk on 2 wk off schedule) I may be willing to drive down from Alberta if anyone would be interested in joining up for a ride share. 

 

Gotta like heavy metal music though 

post #33 of 610

 

2011 EpicSki Gathering sounds really interesting and a life time opportunity. I need to ask one thing that can armature skiers take part in it? I can ski but I am not that trained so can I participate too?

post #34 of 610

Welcome to Epicski, aceldelmon!

 

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Originally Posted by aceldelmon View Post
2011 EpicSki Gathering sounds really interesting and a life time opportunity. I need to ask one thing that can armature skiers take part in it? I can ski but I am not that trained so can I participate too?

 

 

While there will undoubtedly be many strong skiers at the Gathering (including many who are far, FAR better than me), there are always groups of every* skill level.  Anyone with skis or a board is welcome and will have a great time.

 

*Well, okay, there's probably not going to be a "bunny hill only" group.

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Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post

Welcome to Epicski, aceldelmon!

 

 

While there will undoubtedly be many strong skiers at the Gathering (including many who are far, FAR better than me), there are always groups of every* skill level.  Anyone with skis or a board is welcome and will have a great time.

 

*Well, okay, there's probably not going to be a "bunny hill only" group.



 About 90% of the gang usually are folks who ski expert (black / double black) terrain. 

 

There are usually 3-5 people in attendance who are comfortable on blue terrain (at least till the bumps appear) and may be able to "get down" / "survive" / "scream and cuss" / "panic" /  / etc etc if and when they ski a groomed black diamond run.

 

If you are in either of the two groups above you will find quite a few fun people to ski with at The Gathering.

 

I have a feeling that this event may see greater numbers overall than any of the previous Gatherings or Let's Go Colorado events have had in the past.  If that happens there should be a considerably greater number of Intermediate skiers than in the past. Time will tell !

post #36 of 610

Now that Vail just bought Northstar it looks like the Epic Pass will include

unlimited days at Northstar & Heavenly.

 

New is that the Colorado Pass MAY include 5 Northstar/ Heavenly days.

(not verified yet)

 

Stoked for the April gathering !

post #37 of 610
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Originally Posted by garyskr View Post

I will most likely have extra buddy passes on my Colorado Pass.  They were about $59 last year if my memory has not failed completely (probably has).  The cost does vary by date.  In April they may even be less.  I'd be happy to share these buddy passes with anyone that needs a lift ticket, although they may only accept one per day per pass holder?

Gary


Ditto here. I'll also likely to have spare buddy passes on my Colorado pass.

 

Dependa on how soon the Mrs. flys home after our Aspen adventure just prior

to the gathering.  (Aspen not on the pass )

post #38 of 610
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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post

 

 

New is that the Colorado Pass MAY include 5 Northstar/ Heavenly days.

(not verified yet)

 


Hey Md,

 

It was posted that 5 days at Tahoe and Heavenly was included with the Colorado Pass.  I think the Colorado Pass included Heavenly days in the past. The press release that VSP posted did mention it.
 

post #39 of 610

How's the snow typically in Colorado in early April? Springlike or powdery?  

post #40 of 610

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These were taken what would be the week of and the week after this years Gathering.  Need more ?

 

Try here http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/93962/vail-in-april

post #41 of 610
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie View Post

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These were taken what would be the week of and the week after this years Gathering.  Need more ?

 

Try here http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/93962/vail-in-april



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post #42 of 610

This week is one of my busiest of the year as I have the culmination of a big skiing/fundraiser event, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th. 

 

My wife and I will try to ski with the gathering on day 1 

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post #43 of 610

I'm in and looking forward to getting back on ski's for the 1st time since Mar 09.

 

Can't wait to catch up with old friends and meet new ones:)

 

I'll likely have discount buddy passes for those that may need tickets as well as room for one or two in the condo I'll rent.  Details on all of this as things firm up.

post #44 of 610

I'm thinking about going the first and last 2 days.  I'll be in Denver at that point, and I'll be able to drive people from Frisco to wherever in exchange for buddy passes if anyone has any.  I'll prob be renting a room in Frisco on hotel points, so I should also have a room available for a very reasonable exchange/price (lift ticket cost reduction... cough).  Let me know if anyone is interested.

post #45 of 610

I am recently retired and may drive out from SoCal for this.  But I'm currently still working on the details of more complex trips in January and March.   I also may have a friend or two who are interested but might make the call just a few weeks ahead.  So how soon would we need to buy the 6-day pass and/or reserve lodging?

post #46 of 610
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

I am recently retired and may drive out from SoCal for this.  But I'm currently still working on the details of more complex trips in January and March.   I also may have a friend or two who are interested but might make the call just a few weeks ahead.  So how soon would we need to buy the 6-day pass and/or reserve lodging?


No problem making the call almost up to the event itself.  Lodging will be available as it slows down there considerably starting the week of The Gathering. Of course the cheapest places would book first, but I can't imagine all the hotels in Silverthore / Dillon / Frisco filling to capacity.  There should be all sorts of condos available for those that want a step up from a hotel room.

 

As far as tickets go, the Vail web site ( www.snow.com ) ( www.vail.com ) advises US residents to purchase tickets no later than 7 days in advance / 14 days in advance for International guests.

I would add a few days to those numbers as they mail you something that looks like a mini-seasons-pass.

post #47 of 610

Southwest has direct flights out of Philly for February for $79 each way.  I'm hoping that as we get closer they will have similar fares druring April.

post #48 of 610

Jgiddyup, I'm happy to see your post and glad to hear that you are going to make it to the gathering.  Look forward to skiing with you.

Garyskr

post #49 of 610
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Originally Posted by garyskr View Post

Jgiddyup, I'm happy to see your post and glad to hear that you are going to make it to the gathering.  Look forward to skiing with you.

Garyskr


Gary, will Candy be with you (that's your wife, not Twix!)?  Assuming I'm still vertical and taking nourishment, I'll be there and happy to hang with her!

post #50 of 610

If anyone wants a good laugh guess what Vail's day ticket costs over Christmas: --------------

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guess:   :   :  go on !

 

 

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$104.00 a day for Adults.                   Beyond belief !!!!!!!!!!!!      (oh plus $25 to park)

 

Ist area with the gaul to break $100.

post #51 of 610
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Originally Posted by SugarCube View Post

Gary, will Candy be with you (that's your wife, not Twix!)? 

 

Both would be good too. smile.gif

post #52 of 610
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie View Post



{...} The Colorado Pass has an option ($50.00 more) to add 10 days a season at Vail or Beaver Creek (there are some blackout days) which is the cheapest season pass option that works for The Gathering.{...}

 

Where do I sign for this?

 

I am a Colorado Pass holder, and it already has 10 Beaver Creek/Vail days on it. I am bound to visit both this season for a week each, so I will have some days not covered. The $50  for additional 2-4 days would be a good deal.

 

Nothing on the Colorado Pass web page about this benefit.

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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie View Post



{...} The Colorado Pass has an option ($50.00 more) to add 10 days a season at Vail or Beaver Creek (there are some blackout days) which is the cheapest season pass option that works for The Gathering.{...}

 

Where do I sign for this?

 

I am a Colorado Pass holder, and it already has 10 Beaver Creek/Vail days on it. I am bound to visit both this season for a week each, so I will have some days not covered. The $50  for additional 2-4 days would be a good deal.

 

Nothing on the Colorado Pass web page about this benefit.

That was in the context of the previous post, about the ABasin bonus pass. (ie, the CO pass costs $50 more, and you get the Vail/BC days; not that you can add to the CO pass.)
 

post #54 of 610

Oops, I think I had it wrong. Vail is not charging $104 over Christmas, They just upped it to $108.

Breck is $104

post #55 of 610
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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post

If anyone wants a good laugh guess what Vail's day ticket costs over Christmas: --------------

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guess:   :   :  go on !

 

 

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$104.00 a day for Adults.                   Beyond belief !!!!!!!!!!!!      (oh plus $25 to park)

 

Ist area with the gaul to break $100.



 Be aware that Vail (the resort) isn't charging you $25 for parking in the garage.  Vail (the town) owns and operates the garage.

 

That $108 is a walk-up window one-day ticket fee.  Advance purchase tickets aren't that high.

post #56 of 610

UMMM Question. When do they start selling the pass for next year??? This usually includes the last of the season late in the year. Im woundering because the gathering is so late in the year and if this is offered in the CO area.........

Anyone know?

post #57 of 610

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^  I think you may be right, but to really find out for sure you should call the ticket offices.

post #58 of 610


 

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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

UMMM Question. When do they start selling the pass for next year??? This usually includes the last of the season late in the year. Im woundering because the gathering is so late in the year and if this is offered in the CO area.........

Anyone know?


Last year was the first year they opened up pass sales to first time buyers in the spring and it was late in April into early May and only at the Denver locations.  You have to buy in person unless you are buying the Epic Pass.  Otherwise passes are on sale from about mid-Sept -  late Nov.  Don't expect any passes to be on sale in time for the Gathering at this point.

 

Best bet for the future is one of two options. 

1)  Pay next years price for the Epic Pass (I'm guessing / estimating it at $ 650) which gives unlimited skiing (no blackout dates) to all Vail Resorts in Summit and Eagle Counties and a few areas in CA.  If you renew the following season you can downgrade to any pass you wish.

2)  Grab a cheap flight to the Denver area in the fall and buy whatever pass you want for the year.

 

More info can be found at www.colorado.pass.com

post #59 of 610
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^  I think you may be right, but to really find out for sure you should call the ticket offices.


The decision to announce pass prices are made at the last second (at the top of the VR food chain).  Those in the customer info center and the ticket sales offices usually hear the news only a few days in advance.

 

(trust me..............I have friends in low placesredface.gif)

post #60 of 610

We have the EpicPass here in Tahoe, good at NorthStar, HEavenly and Sierra @ Tahoe and we can use this at most of the resorts included for The Gathering...just makes sense for us to attend. 

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