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Old 01-16-2019, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Returning to CO after a long absence for a family get together. I’m blown away by the price of lift tickets...and it looks like you can no longer buy half day tickets.

I’ve paid around $100 to ski Crystal Mountain in WA about 5-6 years ago and expected a bit higher at Breckenridge, but holy sheet. It looks like I better plan on $200 per day for lift tickets and ski rental
You're renting skis as well? Yikes....just don't rent from the resorts. Find a separate ski shop out there and just rent for the sum of days you'll need them. I used Pioneer Sports in Frisco back in 2015 and they were decent - about $70 total to rent for 5 days. I've brought my own skis for subsequent trips out to CO since then.
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:39 AM
 
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The EPIC pass is the only way to go to make it "reasonable." But, having said that, skiing IS an expensive sport and Colorado has world class skiing. You get what you pay for, and to me, it's worth every penny. There is no place like Vail!
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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The EPIC pass is the only way to go to make it "reasonable." But, having said that, skiing IS an expensive sport and Colorado has world class skiing. You get what you pay for, and to me, it's worth every penny. There is no place like Vail!
Agreed. Every now and then, I'll hear folks say "Well we have skiing in the southeast! Why go all the way to Colorado?" I just think to myself "OOOOkaay buddy" LOL.
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:55 PM
 
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Agreed. Every now and then, I'll hear folks say "Well we have skiing in the southeast! Why go all the way to Colorado?" I just think to myself "OOOOkaay buddy" LOL.
Oh, exactly! If you want to ski mole hills, you can get a more reasonable lift ticket somewhere else in the US. There is no comparison in the US to Colorado skiing IMO.You'd have to go to Switzerland to find comparable mountains and skiing experience. People travel to Vail from all over the world. It's THAT good. And, we lucky Coloradoans have a range of ski resorts in our own backyard. One of the biggest benefits of living here.
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:35 PM
 
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Appreciate the information. Only skiing 2 days so the season pass doesn’t make sense. Will compare local ski shops vs on mountain ski rental. I’m sure it’s more at the resort but may be less hassle.

Thanks
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Oh, exactly! If you want to ski mole hills, you can get a more reasonable lift ticket somewhere else in the US. There is no comparison in the US to Colorado skiing IMO.You'd have to go to Switzerland to find comparable mountains and skiing experience. People travel to Vail from all over the world. It's THAT good. And, we lucky Coloradoans have a range of ski resorts in our own backyard. One of the biggest benefits of living here.
I call BS on that one. I'd say skiing in the western US and Canada is all pretty darn good, whether that's Jackson hole or Alta or Taos or Whistler. I bet there's good stuff in South America too. From what I've heard, people say they like Utah the best cause it gets more snow than CO but it's not as heavy as west coast snow.

Colorado ski areas up 70 are just some of the easiest to access because DIA is a huge international airport, hence the crazy prices. It's the snow and lack of crowds that makes the skiing, the resorts aren't really all that much different from the others, unless you have the family along who isn't interested about skiing but the "town experience". That's why people like Breckenridge, cause the town is family friendly.
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Old Today, 03:55 PM
 
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Returning to CO after a long absence for a family get together. I’m blown away by the price of lift tickets...and it looks like you can no longer buy half day tickets.

I’ve paid around $100 to ski Crystal Mountain in WA about 5-6 years ago and expected a bit higher at Breckenridge, but holy sheet. It looks like I better plan on $200 per day for lift tickets and ski rental.

Any discount option’s or half day tickets available? I seem to remember Gart Bros selling discounted tickets back in the early 90’s.

Thx
One thing you could try if wanted. When I lived in Anchorage we'd got to Alyeska each Wednesday around noon, find people leaving for the day with tickets and ask if we could have them, clipped them off, we never paid once all season Just gotta always bring clippers with (this was the metal triangle holder stickers) I've been to Vail, Copper, Steamboat,Winter Park, A basin, and my favorite is Loveland, it's also very affordable in comparison and seems to be skipped by many as they drive under it.
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