Vail introduces 'Epic' ski pass

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Vail Resorts Inc. said it will offer an "Epic" pass that allows unlimited skiing at all five of its resorts for an initial price of $579.

The Broomfield-based resort operator said the pass will be available for that price until Nov. 15, without restrictions on holidays or any other time during the 2008-2009 season. The pass will cost $279 for children.

"No one will be able to out-ski this pass," Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz said in announcing the new program.

Last season, Vail's most comparable pass - the Colorado Pass Plus - cost $519 and offered unlimited skiing at Breckenridge and Keystone but offered only six days of unrestricted skiing and four days of restricted skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek.

A daily lift ticket purchased at the ticket window at either Vail or Beaver Creek this season costs $92.

Vail Resorts operates Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly in California.

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rfj0401 6 years, 8 months ago

Wow that is a great deal. Maybe we could at least get ONE MORE WEEK.

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steamvent 6 years, 8 months ago

Not only does Intrawest charge Steamboat locals nearly $1000 for a pass, we must pay it in August and then they stick it to us again if we want to include two more ski areas. It feels so good knowing they care about locals, eh?

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JustSomeJoe 6 years, 8 months ago

Hmmmm, a six out of eight day pass at Steamboat for $480 or a season pass to Vail, BC, Breck, Keystone and Heavenly for $100 more? This hurts Steamboat with anyone that loves skiiing in Colorado, but doesn't live or next to a ski town.

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bloggyblog 6 years, 8 months ago

bloggy feels your pain, but has one word for you. SKINS

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hubiem 6 years, 8 months ago

do you want the crowds that vail, beaver creek, and the summit county resorts have? i don't, and i am willing to pay more for a pass to ski an uncrowded mountain. let people buy vail's cheap pass. then they will be skiing there instead of here. as soon as steamboat has a super cheap pass, the front range skiers will flock here on the weekends. the ski area will need to have twice as many people skiing to make the same amount of money. say yes to the expensive pass and say no to the crowds.

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mtroach 6 years, 8 months ago

I hope Interwest is listening, Ski passes should be cheeper. Vail makes money on things like parking, and food, Interwest needs a $600 pass that services Steamboat, Winter Park, and Copper Mountain. The current pass dosn't keep front rangers from skiing here, the extra two hours at the wheel does. Stop screwing us locals, and get competivive with Vail.

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hubiem 6 years, 8 months ago

i was just talking to some former summit county skiers from denver who come to steamboat quite often nowadays. they said that they would rather spend that extra time behind the wheel each weekend than spending it standing in long lift lines in summit county. as those resorts get busier, more front range skiers are going to come to steamboat to avoid the crowds. if you give the front range folks a cheaper pass, even more people will be here every weekend.

my brother lived in vail for several years. we would ski mid week, and then drive to denver for some night life every weekend. the weekend skiing sucked because the mountain was so crowded with front range skiers. this is going to happen more and more in steamboat even without a cheaper pass.

there was a story just yesterday about day skiers vs destination skiers. day skiers spend an average of $70 a day at colorado resorts. destination skiers spend three times that $210 per day. steamboat wants to attract those destination skiers. steamboat makes the same amount of money from 1/3 the amount of skiers.

a cheap pass will make steamboat a lot more crowded. and those crowds will spend less money here. is that what you really want? i don't think so.

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rfj0401 6 years, 8 months ago

I just want ONE MORE WEEK. We all paid for that week we lost. Why not give it to us. The last time I checked we had enough snow.

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dave reynolds 6 years, 8 months ago

leap year is why things are messed up.Easter is in March..usually in April..if you all think Intrawest is ripping you off the move to Vail or Breck..after you pay rent and work four jobs to survive and paid 500 for an "Epic" pass you still lost out..I've lived here over twenty years had a ski pass every year.and still can not find that entitlement clause on the back could one of you please tell me where it is

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STEMBOATwannabe 6 years, 8 months ago

The epic will have epic problems. Most of Vail is under construction. They need to find a way to get people back. This must be their stab at trying to lure back the day skiier.

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armchairqb 6 years, 8 months ago

who cares global warming says there won't any snow soon anyway. Besides I want to see Steamboat attract so many tourists it implodes under the wait. No that is not a spelling error. The restaurants can't handle it now and next year it will be worst. Thanks CC This mountain is shooting itself in the foot.

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Token 6 years, 8 months ago

does this mean a bunch of people are going to move since it sucks so bad here? COOL!

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outsiderlookingin 6 years, 8 months ago

OK Token: armchair IS right, however I don't think you get the total impact of what is in store for Steamboat Locals. If 4 restaurants will be out of business, then thats how much less revenue the City will make (to pay for teachers etc) You think that waiting 45 min for a table downtown is much, wait till next year. (and thats if the tourists even come back) And wait till Ski Time Square is all torn up for 3 years, who wants to stay up there with all the construction going on all day? And when its finally finished (in 2011) how many million $$ condos are going to be rented out? NONE!!! Thats Right!!! Million $$ condos don't need to be rented out. Those rich people don't stay but 2 weeks out of the year (at best) they will stay empty, no t-shirts to be sold, no reservations to be made.....NO Tax $$$ being collected. Your right armchair...Steamboat IS Shooting themselves in the foot!!!!

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hubiem 6 years, 8 months ago

how about keeping your comments on topic outsider. your last post has nothing to do with the story.

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outsiderlookingin 6 years, 8 months ago

hubiem---- ya dope it has everything to do with the article. Previous posters said they would gladly pay extra to ski Steamboat. Maybe once, but then when the experience sucks they won't come back, then they'll go where they can get the biggest bang for the buck. Heck Steamboat can't even get an extra week during an epic winter and you think intrawest is going to drop it's prices??/ My sides are hurting from laughing so much

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hubiem 6 years, 8 months ago

outsider said.

"Previous posters said they would gladly pay extra to ski Steamboat. Maybe once, but then when the experience sucks they won't come back, then they'll go where they can get the biggest bang for the buck"

what are you talking about? myself and paddle fisher are the only ones who said or eluded to the fact that we would pay extra to ski steamboat. everyone else is whining about how much the pass costs. neither one of us said anything about skiing here until it sucked and then going elsewhere. although paddlefisher and token did talk about going elsewhere in jest.

then you come along whining about the ski time square demolition. look closely at your first post. it says nothing about the epic pass, it says nothing about the steamboat pass. it has nothing to do with the article.

the only thing your post remotely has to do with this is that you reference archair's misspelled rant about global warming, and fewer restaurants. which also has absoulutely nothing to do with the article.

then outsider said,

"Heck Steamboat can't even get an extra week during an epic winter and you think intrawest is going to drop it's prices??"

if you could read, you would see that i was one of the only people posting that doesn't want steamboat to lower prices, and i am one of the only people posting here that understands why steamboat won't lower their prices. so to answer your question. no, i don't think intrawest is going to drop it's prices.

btw, my sides are the ones hurting from laughing at your reading comprehension skills.

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dave reynolds 6 years, 8 months ago

People do the math..daily ski pass=$75..season pass including Copper=$1000...if you ski say thirty days at $75 dollars a day that costs you $2250..now subtract your season pass cost from that witch =$1250..yep intrawest is ripping you off

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hubiem 6 years, 8 months ago

paddlefisher daily passes are actually $85 this year. so basically your season pass pays for itself in only 12 days of skiing.

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BigOil 6 years, 8 months ago

If Intrawest was smart they would do the same. The Epic pass has nothing to do with front rangers or locals. They did it to boost repeat tourist business. If a tourist comes to Vail and skis for 4 days, they've blown almost $500. If a tourist can now get a SEASON pass good at ALL their resorts for $579, they may be much more likely to come back 2+ times per year. Visit Vail in Dec., Breck in Feb, etc and not have to worry about lift tickets.

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chairmanoftheboard 6 years, 8 months ago

Intrawest,

Please do NOT discount your passes. Let the Front Rangers stay on I-70. I like the exclusiveness of this resort. Don't cheapen it by opening the gates to discount hounds. Imagine a winter of triple crowners.

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OnTheBusGus 6 years, 8 months ago

"Imagine a winter of triple crowners."

We kind of have that, it was NASTAR that was here last week. At least they all stayed on the same few runs. =)

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seeuski 6 years, 8 months ago

The whiners posting here are such a minority. Bring back ASC right? No matter what Intrawest does there will be whining. Did you people ski the perfect conditions we had ALL season or just complain about a few days at the end that will probably suck in comparison? As far as local ski pass costs, $950/132=$7.32 per day *&%#dam that is cheap. Yippee Yahoo we have a new record snowfall.

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hubiem 6 years, 8 months ago

last december, when we first heard that intrawest was planning on purchasing the mountain, i heard a lot of friends say, "i hope they do what vail does and offer a cheaper pass package for winter park, copper and steamboat." even back then i was saying back to my friends that i hoped they didn't offer a cheap package, and that i didn't think that they would offer a cheap pass. things panned out almost like i thought they would.

big oil, intrawest already offers a pass package that would appeal to the skier who wants to take multiple ski vacations each year. they have the unlimited copper, and winter park pass with six days at steamboat for under $500. so for the same price, someone could visit steamboat in dec., copper in jan., and winter park in march. so there is no need for them to make a discounted unlimited pass package to fill the niche that you are speaking of.

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dave reynolds 6 years, 8 months ago

seeuski..totally agree with you seems its the same group whining..sometimes I think they whine just to whine.they want everything for nothing and by God Intrawest owes me..I sure would hate to have them working for me..all you whiners Hedis Little Switzerland has baby swiss cheese go get some to go with your whine

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