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March 30, 2007

Vail Resorts and the Colorado Pass

I have several other posts about the Colorado Pass, but now that it is nearing the end of the season, it is the best time to start thinking about and/or purchasing your season pass for next year. I want to cover the Colorado Pass again, as well as highlight what I think about the CO Pass, Vail Resorts, and the impact of the two on affordable skiing in general.

First, the Colorado Pass--last year the pass ran a little under $400 (even less if you bought early) and got you unlimited skiing at Breck, Keystone, and A-basin plus 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek. Compare that to roughly the same price (regular price) for a season pass at Brian Head that is for one resort as opposed to three plus two more with bonus days.

Second, Vail. Well, it is Vail. Ten days at $85 a day peak price is more than double the cost of the pass. Hell, even a week at Vail is more expensive than the pass.

I am on a ton of mailing lists, but VRI is has a new Colorado Pass Club that gets you all kinds of offers and discounts. It is important to be an informed consumer and look for deals. If you do that, VRI has about the best deals in the industry. Their lift tickets and prices aren't cheap, but when you use the CO Pass it makes skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck, and so on actually LESS EXPENSIVE than at many of the smaller resorts around the country... and you are skiing at the finest resorts in the world for reasonable prices.

Utah has nothing that even comes close to the CO Pass. A season pass at Alta is several hundred dollars more than the CO Pass and just covers Alta, and so on. I am big on keeping skiing affordable and Vail Resorts is certainly doing their part.

Posted by Justin at March 30, 2007 02:48 PM

Comments

Justin,
the CO pass is absolutely a smoking deal. Also, $159 for a unlimited group lesson pass at Breckenridge. It is good Thurs-Sun, excluding Xmas week and 2 spring break weeks in March. One of the best lesson deals in the industry.

jon

Posted by: Jonathan Lawson at March 30, 2007 10:32 PM

I just came back from my skiing holiday in Bulgaria. It seems this year the popular ski resort Bansko has turned into building site with many Brits and Irish snapping in frenzy off-plan flats that are never seem enough to satisfy demand. No surprise when this proves to be both good investment with 30% annual growth and a nice place for ski holiday. I always wanted to buy on a mountain but the traditional Apline resorts are too expensive. That's why I have decided to join the crowds before it is not too late and started looking in property web sites specializing in ski properties in Bulgaria Prices for ski apartments in another resort Pamporovo start at $20,000 for a studio in a luxury development. The big change this year for property investors in Bulgaria will be the arrival of more airlines, such as Ryanair and Easyjet, cutting the cost of travel and boosting the number of visitors.

Posted by: nick Smith at April 1, 2007 03:06 AM

hi we are from australia and ski breckenridge every year we usually get a ski 3 pass but 2008 we intend to stay for a month is there any better pass available that may inlcude other colorado resorts for international purchases
thanks Loyola

Posted by: loyola at April 8, 2007 08:42 PM

This is about the only thing that I know of.

Posted by: Justin at April 9, 2007 09:47 AM