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Old 12-15-2012, 04:34 AM
 
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Does anyone think it's not right for ski resorts to charge full price for a lift ticket at peak times if less than half of their trails and lifts are open? You'd think if most of the resort isn't open the resorts would cut the price of lift tickets cuz it's ridiculous to pay 80 to 110 bucks for a ticket and not have the option to ski everything... It's like staying at a hotel paying full price and getting half of what they offer, it's dumb. Anyone agree?
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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I agree. Talk with your wallet. Don't go until more terrain is open.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:25 AM
 
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I agree. Talk with your wallet. Don't go until more terrain is open.
Oh my wallet is fine, I can afford the lift tickets, but my friend from the army gets leave for christmas break so were tight on time. So we have decided to go with the resort that has more trails open when we go. Just frustrating price wise but the west has alway been steep. Hope they open a lot more up but within 11 days till the trip i'm not sure how much will be open...atleast someone agrees and i'm not crazy to think that haha
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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I don't agree, but you do have the option of not buying.

How would that be priced? Per lift open/closed? What if 1 lift was out, would you want $5 back?

Many resorts charge less in the early season Oct to Mid-Dec, Loveland for example: Colorado Snowboard Ski Lift Tickets & Packages :: Loveland Ski Area I think all resorts plan to have all their lifts open for regular season and for the lifts they have open, demand is still very high so grooming takes more work.

It's been snowing quite a bit up there, so I think you will be fine. http://www.wunderground.com/ski/CO/?MR=1

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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No, I wouldn't care if one lift weren't open.

Right now, for example, Keystone has about 10% of their terrain open and it's mostly green runs. $104 for a day ticket is outrageous for that. What should they charge now? maybe $50 or so. The tourists are locked in and coming regardless of conditions, but I suspect they would attract a lot more locals if they cut their prices. They are spending significantly less on payroll with most of the mountain closed.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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No, I wouldn't care if one lift weren't open.

Right now, for example, Keystone has about 10% of their terrain open and it's mostly green runs. $104 for a day ticket is outrageous for that. What should they charge now? maybe $50 or so. The tourists are locked in and coming regardless of conditions, but I suspect they would attract a lot more locals if they cut their prices. They are spending significantly less on payroll with most of the mountain closed.
Locals buy season passes for $450.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:58 PM
 
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Locals buy season passes for $450.
Yep. If you ski at least 5 times in a season that lasts from October-April then you buy a pass. I would bet the majority of skiers in the Denver metro probably have a pass. With the Epic pass you get unlimited days at A-Basin/Keystone/Breckenridge and 10 days in Vail/Beaver Creek for $500.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:06 PM
 
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Yep. If you ski at least 5 times in a season that lasts from October-April then you buy a pass. I would bet the majority of skiers in the Denver metro probably have a pass. With the Epic pass you get unlimited days at A-Basin/Keystone/Breckenridge and 10 days in Vail/Beaver Creek for $500.
If you bought before Sept 1st you got $50 off, making it 450.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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I do have a season's pass. I know plenty of locals who don't.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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OP, see if you can get down to Wolf Creek or over to Steamboat. More currently open terrain the others, and they've been getting good snow over the last week (Wolf Creek got something like 4 feet).

The resorts charge what people will pay, especially due to holidays. I don't see that changing without a couple more seasons with substantially below-average snowfall, in a row.
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