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Old 03-14-2012, 12:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2012/2013 Passes on Sale - What to Choose

As I sit here recovering from the rotator cuff surgery I just had last Thursday, I see that 2012/2013 passes are on sale now. I am strongly considering purchasing them now even though I am on the shelf. Figure it will be a motivating factor. Either that or I am addicted to boarding or I am high on pain killers.

I am trying to decide if I want to get the EPIC pass which is good for Unlimited access to: Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and 10 restricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek and Limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood

or the EPIC local pass which includes Unlimited access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with Limited restrictions at Breckenridge. In addition to the EPIC LOCAL I would purchase a Copper Mountain 4 Day Pack.

Question is:
-EPIC
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-EPIC LOCAL AND 4 DAY COPPER PASS?

Thoughts, pros, cons, etc?
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As I sit here recovering from the rotator cuff surgery I just had last Thursday, I see that 2012/2013 passes are on sale now. I am strongly considering purchasing them now even though I am on the shelf. Figure it will be a motivating factor. Either that or I am addicted to boarding or I am high on pain killers.

I am trying to decide if I want to get the EPIC pass which is good for Unlimited access to: Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and 10 restricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek and Limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood

or the EPIC local pass which includes Unlimited access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with Limited restrictions at Breckenridge. In addition to the EPIC LOCAL I would purchase a Copper Mountain 4 Day Pack.

Question is:
-EPIC
or
-EPIC LOCAL AND 4 DAY COPPER PASS?

Thoughts, pros, cons, etc?
IIRC, the epic pass gives you unlimited, unrestricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and A-Basin, and is $659

Unrestricted Lift Tickets | Ski Season Pass | EpicPass.com

The Epic Local Pass gives you unlimited, unrestricted days at Breck, Keystone, and A-Basin. 10 restricted days at Vail and Beaver Creek. Finally, you get discounted tickets ($50 each) for Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar for $509

Colorado and Tahoe Season Ski Pass | Epic Local Pass | EpicPass.com

The 4 day copper pass is $139, so your total for the second package would be $648.

I guess the real question is do you plan on skiing more than 10 days at either Vail or Beaver Creek combined? Or would you rather have 4 unrestricted days at Copper? Also do you plan on going to the Tahoe resorts?

If you want to go to Tahoe on vacation or something, then the Epic pass would be your best bet. If you plan on going to Copper at least 4 times, and Vail+Beaver creek less than 10 times, and not on holidays, then the local pass is your best bet.

In the end it's your decision to make, and it depends on your preferences for certain resorts, and if you plan on making the trek out to the Tahoe resorts! Good luck on your recovery, hope to see you on the slopes next season!

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Also not to hijack the thread but I'll be moving out to Colorado over the summer and was looking into getting a pass for next season as well. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the Epic Local Pass, my main question was how good is this sale price? Is this even a discounted price, or are they just adding in benefits that I probably won't really use? If it's actually a sale price, and they do this every year, about how much off the regular price do they usually take?

Thanks!

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Good question, on the website right now teh price says guarenteed when purchased by 4/15. It is possible the price could go up. That's why I am looking to buy mine now.

My main concern with the choices is, having choice...I love Copper and wich they had a pass that included all the resorts in CO.
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Good question, on the website right now teh price says guarenteed when purchased by 4/15. It is possible the price could go up. That's why I am looking to buy mine now.

My main concern with the choices is, having choice...I love Copper and wich they had a pass that included all the resorts in CO.
Well if you love Copper then I'd say get the epic local pass and the 4 day copper pass. It also depends on how often you go out, and how much you like Breck, Keystone, and A-Basin. Are you going to be going out on weekends only? Multiple times during the week? If you only go on weekends, I'd think that unlimited days at the local summit count resorts (Breck, Keystone, A-basin) + 10 days at either Beaver Creek/Vail+4 days at copper would be more than enough to fill your season, and it'd also get you your Copper fix in, while not limiting you to only Copper if you want to stay in Summit County.

You could also look into the Rocky Mountain pass if you don't care much about the Vail resorts, then you'd have to drive to Steamboat if you wanted to get your full use out of it though . The Epic passes are a better deal if you want to go to a bunch of different areas though.

Just my $0.02!

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Rocky mountain super pass is on sale right now for $419 it gives you unlimited ridiing at copper and winter park with 6 unrestricted days at steamboat.
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some good points. In addition to the information above, my son will be in 5th grade next season and some resorts have a 5th graders ride free pass for the year. Anyone know how that works with Copper and Breck? am leaning right now towards having variety including Breck and Copper unless the 5th grade pass has heavy restrictions.
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