I can see that. One similarity to the Front Range areas here is that you have multiple resorts to choose from. Being the highest priced guy on the block may not work when everyone else in town sells their season pass for less than half of yours. Vail held out for a long time but finally gave in.
I like your train of thought too. I am not a fan of Snowbird myself. As I've said, it's the Alta thing. Snowbird is a great area though, but I think you can get a lot of great riding at other resorts offered in the area. For a lot less hassle and crowds.