Passes in Colorado used to be just like what you are experiencing. Most people are pretty happy that Winterpark started the cheap pass thing that has now spread out to several areas.
As far as Utah goes, yeah the pass prices are expensive, but you usually can find pretty good deals on by the day lift tickets and such. I know I was able to get Snobasin tickets for just under $60 and Powder Mountain under $50. In Colorado, you are lucky to get a lift ticket under $80 at any of the big boys. $100 a day is becoming the standard at a lot of resorts. So cheap season passes expensive day tickets or vice a versa. Pick your poison. Of course if you live in the area the cheaper season are obviously more attractive, but for the traveler the opposite is true.