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Old 05-15-2013, 08:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All..quick question since I figured its off season and there is nill to talk about around here..Is there such a thing as boarding in Colorado or Utah cheap? For the past 4 years I've been paying no more than $30 for a lift ticket over here on the east coast and the cheapest I seem to find over on the west would be $95? I'd love to make my venture out west this coming season but I may need to save for 2 years to go for a week at their crazy lift ticket prices.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's cheaper to buy a pass over the internet in October/November in the fall than to buy a lift ticket. The ski passes out here are competitive, but they don't do the same with lift tickets. You should check out ski area websites during the fall to see which one you want. The smaller mountains like loveland, A-basin and Monarch have cheaper passes. While smaller they are way better than your ice coast hills and are nice mountains with good terrain. Eldora is the sucky mtn.

Also shell stations in Colorado offer buy one get one lift tickets at some ski areas with black out dates good during the week. You have to buy 10 gallons of gas to get them and need a friend. They have been doing this for years.

This info pertains to Colorado.
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Utah has a couple of ski areas that are in that price range but overall most resorts there are very reasonable. $60 is the average. Snobasin, Brighton, Solitude. Powder Mountain you can usually get tickets for under $50 from what I remember. The ski shops in Salt Lake city and Ogden sell discount tickets for the most part.

You are probably not going to find tickets for Snowbird in that price range. Snowbird considers itself the premiere area and charges accordingly. Expect that $95 a day to stick there.

For Colorado, good luck. Loveland, Monarch, Wolf Creek are the best spots for reasonably priced lift tickets. Right at $60 a day. Otherwise it's stupid expensive to buy lift tickets out here. The season pass route is what everyone does to keep the costs down. But that really only works for those of us who are within day trip range of the ski areas.

And $30 a day on the East Coast? You must not be going to the big boys, like Jay, Stowe, or Killington. I am pretty sure they are more in line with prices out here.
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Also if you fly in to Utah and go to the resort by noon with your ticket stub you get a free ticket for that day if I remember correctly.
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Also if you fly in to Utah and go to the resort by noon with your ticket stub you get a free ticket for that day if I remember correctly.
That was for Park City and I also believe the Canyons. They have a sign up page for that, google should find it easily enough.
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The season pass route is what everyone does to keep the costs down. But that really only works for those of us who are within day trip range of the ski areas.
Not really true, I bought a pass to A-basin for $300, spent 9 days there, so per day worked out to around $35. Your best bet is to get a group together to split the lodging. When we go there is usually 6 of us that split the lodging, we rent a house for 3k/week so 500/per person. This past season we did 10 days for 4500 so around, little over 700/per person for lodging. So there is lift tickets and lodging covered for about 1000/per person. We stay in really really nice houses, you can find cheaper condo's that will still sleep 4-6 people comfortably, season before last we only had 4 go, so we got a late season deal on a condo, it was 800/week. Since that year was crap for snow and we went in April, I found lift tickets on craigslist for 25/day (left over 4/paks people didn't use).

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I guess I should have said for those of us within driving distance. If you are flying, not so sure that is the way to go. You can definitely do it for cheaper in Utah and probably get more snow...
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everyone has pointed out good stuff in utah and colorado - northern new mexico has a few places to offer as well. santa fe and angel fire are around the $60 mark, and taos if you get the "taos card" which is a discount card you activate for like $20-30 that is good all season (and for some free days) will get you $15-20 off lift tix and discounts on lessons/clinics etc. can't remember the exact numbers, but if you're going for more than 2 days, it's a good deal

sipapu resort is up north as well, expect lift tickets from $0 to $40. if it's not a peak weekend, they always have a good deal going on. sometimes they'll let everyone who can fit in one car ride for $50, or you get a free hotel room with a $40 lift ticket. last weekend of this past season, everyone rode free... and the last month of the season, lift tix were $7-12 online if you bought them the day before

one thing about these places i mentioned, is that if you're there and it's not a peak weekend, you won't wait in any lines or have crowded runs. even during spring break, i never had to wait more than 30 seconds for a chair at angel fire.

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I guess I should have said for those of us within driving distance. If you are flying, not so sure that is the way to go. You can definitely do it for cheaper in Utah and probably get more snow...
I guess you did say day trip distance, for me it's an 8 hour drive. I did think about the cost of flying after I posted. It also depends on what the OP considers cheap. I spent a total of 1600 on my vacation in Dec. that was gas, lodging, lift tickets, lesson/tix for my GF, food, booze, so for a 10 day trip I consider that cheap...some might not
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Keystone Season Pass | Season Ski Passes | KeystoneResort.com

Saw this on Facebook. There is a Keystone/Arapahoe Basin Pass for $279. if i did not want Beaver Creek and Vail days I would buy this pass. Fuck breck, that mountain sucks anyway.

The days are unlimited at Keystone. There are black out dates for Arapahoe Basin.

I usually get the Epic Local pass at around 400 dollars. I like to have my Beaver Creek and Vail days, but don't need more than 10.

Jeffery did you stay in one of those Keystone ranch mansions? It looks familier. When I lived in summit Cove I walked my dog back there frequently.
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