Do the buddy passes work the same way with this?
this year, vail has decided to not offer buddy passes with the kirkwood network pass. Buddy passes basically give your friends a $10 discount (weekends) on a full day lift ticket (no discounts on half day tix) if you take your pass to the ticket window. I've often found that you can get much better deals on day lift tickets via rei, sports basement, shell 2 for 1, costco, groupon, sierra avalanche center, etc. than you can with the buddy passes. The only catch is you have to plan ahead...
hope that helps.