Frank Charubin: Ski pass expensive

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— Well, it looks like I missed my chance to purchase the discounted ski pass for the upcoming season. Has anyone questioned why Steamboat skiing/riding is so much more expensive than most other Colorado resorts? I’m not just referring to the Summit County (day skiers), but also destination areas like Aspen/Snowmass and Crested Butte that offer some great deals.

With our economy re-entering the deep recession, local businesses closing and nonexistent Routt County home sales, wouldn’t it be good to encourage more people, resident and nonresident to spend more time here? Might even add a couple of jobs. A real discount ski pass might just do this. It’s not too late.

Frank Charubin

Steamboat Springs

Comments

Truculent 3 years, 8 months ago

You think there would at least be a roll-back on the pricing until the Boat has a base area?

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seeuski 3 years, 8 months ago

Every year we have this complaint. You missed your chance at a good deal but look at it this way, Ski Corp just donated living space to the immigrants who were displaced by the 4th and Oak st. fire. Ski Corp does much for the community, that's the way it's supposed to work. How many merchant passes are there? How many local employees get free passes that way? So what should you have to pay for a season pass? How many seasonal employees would lose their jobs just so locals could get a cut rate season pass? Just wondering.

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seeuski 3 years, 8 months ago

I thought the base area was being modified by the City and our tax dollars, maybe the City should roll back taxes till we have a base area, what does day lighting BC have to do with Ski Corp in the Winter? I can just see it now, Ski Corp succumbs to these complaints and lowers their rates for locals but then to make up the difference for the loss of funds they shut down the Pony Express, Bar UE, Four Points and the Morningside lifts, huge lift lines ensue and equals less skiing descents, someone has to pay the piper. We have a municipal golf course here, Haymaker, that charges a similar amount for a season pass and you carry your own clubs around the course with no lift services etc. And all the complaining is always directed at ski passes for locals, what about cheaper season passes at Haymaker for locals? Oh, that is community owned so no big bad corporation and their greedy profits to go after.

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Cary Foulk 3 years, 8 months ago

I think I have to question the statement that Steamboat is so much more expensive than Aspen and Crested Butte. Aspen is $1,499 or $1,099 if you are a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Crested Butte is $949 for a much smaller mountain. Telluride is $1,298 but you can knock that down to $998 if you buy in a group of four. There are other deals but they tend to be comparable to Steamboat's 15-day passes, etc.... My source - http://www.aspentimes.com/article/201... If you want cheap deal with the crowds. However, Vail really is the best deal going.

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Truculent 3 years, 8 months ago

The point is the price should reflect the content. You pay for what you get. I know there are many improvements to the mountain that have been made but realistically they are just maintaining what's already there. There is no demonstrable improvement of the things customers see and use.

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seeuski 3 years, 8 months ago

My second post was in response to a post that disappeared strangely. That person suggested that Ski Corp lower prices while the base area is being rebuilt.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 8 months ago

The brilliant achievement of Vail's ski pass is that they sell so many of them to people that are not dedicated skiers that the average number of days that one of their passes is used is under 10. So revenue per day skied on their ski pass is still good.

Meanwhile SB sells a whole lot fewer ski passes and primarily to people that ski a lot of days. So SB might actually receive less revenue per day skied on a pass than Vail despite charging a whole lot more.

A difference here is that the merchant pass is not really a reduced price pass for employees that have to work and so cannot ski every day, but is basically a payment plan for the pass.

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housepoor 3 years, 8 months ago

look at this way for 2k i can ski and golf all i want pretty damn good deal now i just need the time

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Ken Reed 3 years, 8 months ago

Good point housepoor,

Since you can buy unlimited passes to golf and ski, it's really not that expensive if you have the time to do it. You can golf about 5 months a year and ski about 5 months a year for $2,000. If you go every other day to ski or golf, it costs you about $13.50 per day. That's a pretty good deal if you have the time.

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lessworkmoreskiing 3 years, 7 months ago

The cost of a pass here is absolutely worth every single penny. It is fair compared to other Colorado destination resorts; we have big acreage and a great total vertical drop. We are a destination spot and locals are a captive audience.

  1. We have the best powder in Colorado. Period.
  2. We have some of the most powder in Colorado.
  3. I remember waiting in an actual line at Steamboat 10 out of 100+ days last year
  4. Almost all of our lifts are high speed
  5. Living in Steamboat tops any other mountain town

I could go on forever. Yeah it's worth it

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frankly 3 years, 7 months ago

Also, Steamboat offers FREE ski passes for children under 12 per adult that buys one, so for us, as a family of 4 that skis with kids under 12, it is a great deal. We have something fun to do every weekend with our children and the price is right - about 500 per person. Sure, that will change as they get older, but it is good they support families this way. It is important to have something to do with our children as a family and I am glad Steamboat makes this a good deal for kids.

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brian ferguson 3 years, 7 months ago

How about five day mid week passes useable monday through friday.

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housepoor 3 years, 7 months ago

yeah bakrodr!!! a midweek pass would be awesome, maybe they could deduct it directly from the our unemployment checks like the merchant pass program?

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Ken Reed 3 years, 7 months ago

bakrodr, that's a great idea. I try and avoid weekends and busy weeks, unless of course the conditions are too much to pass up.

Maybe $399 for mid-week passes except for the 2-3 weeks of peak season (Christmas, Spring Break). During that period or on weekends, you could still buy a pass for $49. It would be perfect for those with work flexibility, retirees, second home owners, etc. It would also provide goodwill on the part of the ski area owners toward the local community. And encourage our local folks to promote our great ski area and town when talking to visitors on the gondola or lifts.

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mtntrekker 3 years, 7 months ago

The point of the point of the original comment is to lower ski pass prices for everybody, locals and everbody else across the country. Steamboat is primarily a tourist town. Lower ski pass prices would encourage more people from out of town to come visit. Tourists and second homeowners drive the economy here. That's Steamboat's motto - More tourists = $$$ = jobs. Steamboat does not have to lower pass prices to match Vail Resorts prices. If Steamboat could lower season pass prices to $700 or something, that would still save everybody a couple of hundred bucks, which they could spend on t-shirts and restuarants. A 10 day punch pass to Steamboat is still more expensive than Vail Resorts season pass. Yes, there would be more people in the lift lines, but still not nearly as many people as Breck's Peak 8 on a Saturday. And would be nice to get a raise at work because of all the money we would be making.

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