The price of a single-day lift ticket at Steamboat Ski Area has surpassed the $100 plateau for the first time, with new rates coming at $105 per day for one-, two- and three-day passes purchased at the ticket window. One-, two- and three-day lift tickets purchased at least five days in advance will remain $99 per day.

Photo by John F. Russell

The price of a single-day lift ticket at Steamboat Ski Area has surpassed the $100 plateau for the first time, with new rates coming at $105 per day for one-, two- and three-day passes purchased at the ticket window. One-, two- and three-day lift tickets purchased at least five days in advance will remain $99 per day.

Walk-up lift ticket prices increase at Steamboat Ski Area

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— A midseason increase means the price of a single-day lift ticket at Steamboat Ski Area has surpassed the $100 plateau for the first time.

According to the new rates on the ski area’s website, skiers and riders who walk up to the ticket window Friday can expect to pay $105 per day for one-, two- and three-day passes. The new prices take effect Friday and represent a $6 increase from the previous price of $99 per day.

“The rationale being is we have some of the best conditions in the state, and we realized there was some room for movement,” ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said Thursday.

She said the ski area has raised prices during the season in previous years and that the resort has been considering a price increase for a while. Kasten said the most recent multiday storm that left 3 feet of snow at the summit of the ski area helped drive the decision to raise the price.

The new rate is effective through closing day April 15, which could make Steamboat the most expensive end-of-season lift ticket in the state.

“For right now, that’s how we are displaying our lift ticket prices,” Kasten said, referring to the cost of lift tickets not adjusting downward at the end of the season.

The ski area in recent years has offered deeply discounted lift tickets during the final weeks of the ski season.

“We will start looking at those options for this year, as well,” Kasten said.

One-, two- and three-day lift tickets purchased at least five days in advance will remain $99 per day.

Vail and Beaver Creek remain the priciest ski resorts in the state. A person walking up to the ticket office Friday at Vail would pay $116. A ticket purchased at least seven days in advance would cost $105. From April 9 to 15, Vail is advertising a ticket price of $92.

Kasten said lift ticket prices at Steamboat constantly are evaluated, and the new price point would play into the resort’s planning for next year. To get the best price, incentives are offered for purchasing lift tickets in advance and as part of bigger vacation packages.

“As with many purchases and many ski resort purchases, if you want to make last-minute decisions, there is a cost for that added flexibility,” Kasten said.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett, whose organization promotes the downtown business district, initially was surprised by news of the price increase.

“If people are spending the money on the lift tickets, they may not be spending it in the store,” Barnett said. “That’s a concern.”

However, Barnett acknowledged that the price increase is sensible given that the ski area is entering one of the busiest stretches of the winter season.

“I’m not surprised that they are trying to get a premium price during that period of time,” Barnett said. “These are the six busiest weeks of the year.”

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern said Steamboat’s ticket prices remain competitive with resorts such as Breckenridge, Vail and Aspen.

“It’s on the low end of that group as a whole,” Kern said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

Scott Wedel 2 years, 2 months ago

Please remind me why the community voted to tax itself to put money into subsidizing winter flights into SB only for the ski area to hike prices on those same people?

If I had made reservations at a ski resort and found that they had hiked prices on Thursday for lift tickets that weekend then I would be upset and inclined to never visit that ski resort again.

Anyone ever hear of a ski area increasing prices midseason and only 48 hours prior to the increased prices taking effect?

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sledneck 2 years, 2 months ago

"Please remind me why..."

Because, as P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute".

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Phoebe Hackman 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe we should start working on that Bike Town, USA thing after all, 'cause Ski Corp is going to put us all out of business. What a stupid, stupid thing to do. I would love hear their rationalization for this.

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John St Pierre 2 years, 2 months ago

how else are they going to pay for a new restaurant???

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exduffer 2 years, 2 months ago

Haymaker walk up ticket price is $98. The city is going to put us all out of business.

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1999 2 years, 2 months ago

Okay all you people that voted FOR the tax to subsidize Ski Corp...can you tell us why you voted the way you did?

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rhys jones 2 years, 2 months ago

A new one for the tourists to bite: Bait-and-Switch. From the courts to city hall to the biggest thieves of all -- the banks (who control access to our ergo-playground) -- Creative Thievery is rewarded at all levels in our sleepy little ville. How about CROOKED TOWN USA?

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Oshkoshgirl 2 years, 2 months ago

First of all, the tax is not to subsidize Ski Corp, it is to subsidize the airline program to bring tourists into Steamboat. That said, Ski Corp must be living in a dream world if they think the next 6 weeks are the busiest of the season - have they checked with the lodging companies to see how far down their numbers are in February and March due to the lack of snow? It is amazing to me that the lodging companies have to slash their prices - up to 50% off or more - to get people to come to Steamboat, but Ski Corp decides to raise the lift ticket prices. And Steamboat does not have "the best ski conditions in the state" - maybe the Ski Corp should look at the snow bases of other ski areas - Steamboat is on par with everyone else. Sorry to say that Steamboat is NOT Vail or Keystone or Breckenridge - and believe me, the Denver skiers that go to the I70 ski areas are not paying the $105 or more per day lift ticket, because those ski areas give amazing deals on season passes for the front range skiers. Steamboat does not. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, in a down economy and a down snow year - sorry, getting 2 feet of snow in 2 weeks does not it make a great snow year - raising the daily lift ticket price by $6 is stupid. Especially when people have been told all season that the rate is $99. Now when they get here - Surprise! Bad bad business, but typical of the Head in the Sand Ski Corp.

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Doug Matthews 2 years, 2 months ago

SURPRISE PRICE GOUGING AT STEAMBOAT! You have got to be kidding me! If I had planned a trip to Steamboat for the long weekend, and when I arrived found out that they had just changed the ticket prices for that 3 day ticket I was going to buy, I'd turn around and drive home. Or go pay the same amount somewhere else just for the principle of the thing. It's one thing if you announce that your ticket prices will be increasing, or will be set at a certain price, but to change them just before the busy time when people have already made their lodging reservations (13,000+ for the weekend) smacks of price gouging.

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honestabe 2 years, 2 months ago

will there be a refund/discount for season pass holders being given sub par ski conditions for the first three months of the season? They are charging extra for "premium" conditions, i would assume they would compensate us for the bad conditions. I am starting a group of regular season pass holders who will be boycotting ski corp. We will all be buying sleds, split boards, and teles for next year. Maybe cross country, ice fishing, and ice skating gear, all for the 1000$ we have been wasting on a greedy ski corp. More to come on this group who will be voting against ski corp with our dollars.

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insbsdeep 2 years, 2 months ago

Unbelievable...The best and biggest resorts, outside of the us, charge between $50 and $80 per day. It is important to make skiing accessible to the masses, not just the rich.

At least it will keep the crowds down come spring. I feel for the lodging and business community that will be hurt by limiting the numbers that come.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 2 months ago

"She (Loryn Kasten) said the ski area has raised prices during the season in previous years"

What year? I've only been here 20 years and I don't remember a midseason price hike.

Oskkosh, The airline subsidy is an indirect subsidy to Ski Corp. They are very aware of the competitiveness of their vacation packages.pricing. When the airline subsidies reduce the cost of airline flights then it doesn't result in a lower prices on vacation packages. The price remains the same and the reduced cost of the airline seat allows them to make more money on the vacation package.

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cindy constantine 2 years, 2 months ago

Editorial Board-- I don't care how much Ski Corp spends on advertising, please do the right thing and CALL THEM OUT on continuing to put a strangle hold on this community. Guests who were expected to visit this weekend from the front range cancelled their visit in light of this gouging!!

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sedgemo 2 years, 2 months ago

Looks like we all live in someone else's playground.

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David Stone 2 years, 2 months ago

Amazingly short sighted and the likes of which,I have never seen at any ski area and I have been at it for over 70 years.Wow,just to think that we had a few days of snowfall and the prices go up! Our weekend/vacation visitors will really be impressed and I don't mean in a positive way.As a season ticket holder,is the ski company going to give me some refund for the LOUSY CONDITIONS in Dec and January,I kinda doubt it.Steamboat continues to go down in it's ratings from the folks at Ski magazine to the point that Steamboat is no longer considered in the top 10 in the west.I would anticipate a further decline in the ratings when 2013 rolls around.All of this is indeed unfortunate,as most vacation visitors rely on these ratings in planning their future vacation. It will be interesting to see how this plays out,but I doubt that any of it will result in much additional funds for the ski company,but the poor public relations will likely be felt for some time.

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mtroach 2 years, 2 months ago

ScottW, does the airline subsidy reduce the cost of flights or simply provide funds to assure flights come here without booked customers?

I thought the airline program didn't provide funds to reduce costs, only to guarantee the airline money if they provided a route and none booked the flight. Am I incorrect, does the airline subsidy reduce the end user cost to fly into Hayden, or simply eliminate the risk the carriers take by offering a flight that someone may not book a seat onto, thus keeping routes into Hayden operating even if they are not profitable.

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Brad Luth 2 years, 2 months ago

Why not make the national news for dropping lift ticket prices, and brag about being the best value per skiable acre in North America! Think about positive press, not negative!! Ski Corp is trying to cover their a%$ by raising lift ticket prices because skier visits are down . . . and all this press release does is drive people away . . .has anyone seen one supporting argument for this price increase (beyond Ski Corp, thinking they have the best snow in the State and that is their justification) . . .There have been some pretty silly corporate decisions this year that have all backfired, you get all the white collars in an office room trying to protect their year end bonus and they come with short term solutions .. . . Netflix, BofA debit card fees, Susan G Komen, etc . . and I will now add Ski Corp to the list. We used to hang our hat on being the best "family" ski resort in the West and now we barely even show up on the radar for that . . . Ski Corp - - focus on your core strengths and make decisions that keep you ahead of your competition, stop digging a deeper hole . . This town town bends over backwards to cover your shortfalls, and if you have not figured it out yet . . . the town is getting tired of it.

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pitpoodle 2 years, 2 months ago

I guarantee you, Ski Corp doesn't need you anymore. Now that they have their tax supported flights, what do they care? Higher taxes makes it harder for every SB business to survive, well except for Ski Corp who is the beneficiary. Fess up chumps, who voted for this boondoggle?

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 2 months ago

mtroach, The airline subsidy program creates different incentives that normal airline pricing.

Normally airlines manage pricing so that it gets partially filled with discount early purchases and then prices rise as it get closer to the flight date and they are constantly monitoring that enough people are buying to just about fill the plane. Their goal is to fly as full as possible with as much in airfares as possible.

The airline subsidy program sets up different incentives. The revenues are now guaranteed and so it is no longer the airline's responsibility to price and sell seats to make revenues. The LMD contract for revenue guarantees expects a certain amount of revenues from selling seats plus the subsidies to reach the overall guaranteed revenues. There is no particular importance in having revenues exceed the guarantees. That money would be returned to the LMD, but with the sales tax and what Ski Corp is required to contribute then it isn't that important for LMD to spend less. (Unlike the airlines subsidies into Edwards which is entirely paid for by Vail Resorts so every bit of guarantees that is paid by fliers reduces Vail Resort's costs. Which is why Vail Resorts runs their program to cost about $250K a year.)

So anyway, Ski Corps can manage the airline fares portion of vacation packages to merely make the minimum revenues which, in a decent year, allows them to sell seats cheaper than the normal airline business model.

It also creates the situation where Ski Corps has no incentive to offer good pricing for fliers that don't buy their ski packages. It makes sense for them to charge high prices for individual fliers in order to encourage visitors into ski packages.

Instead of starting a boycott movement, I think it makes far more sense to figure out how take the airline subsidy program out of Ski Corps control (LMD board gets to rubber stamp Ski Corps negotiated contracts and administration of the program). And operate it to encourage travel for all, not just buyers of ski packages.

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Bill Dalzell 2 years, 2 months ago

Amazingly lame on so many levels. Why didn't ski corp drop prices when the skiing was so bad at the beginning of the year? Advance ticketing is BS. If the mountain opens at 2pm, they will do everything they can to keep your money. I have seen it happen. Skiied here for twnety years and I have never heard of raising prices mid season. Actually I have never heard of it anywhere.

Oshkosh girl occupancy is up this week (Grand 98% for instance). They are trying to suck the tourist dry. Obviously presales are down.

To the Pilot... If you are worth your weight, you will investigate and find out who makes these decisions and why? Maybe a PR stunt that was supposed to say our snow is sooo good, but bound to backfire, into bad PR. It reminds me of the commercial with a a bunch of monkeys running a company. Alright monkeys who are you??

Viva La Bump Off

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 2 months ago

Oops, Vail Resorts operates the Winter flights into Edwards. Other time of year it is operated by an open public board that is in charge of negotiating and running the program.

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runnerbikerdriver44 2 years, 2 months ago

I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and really look at the situation here: vacationers cancelled trips, due to the lack of snow, and the mountain lost money. Talk to any ski instructor, and they will tell you there have been a lot of cancellations of their regular clients. And, if people would take the time to read this article, you would see these are "walk-up prices." If you pre-booked, you are still locked in at the old rates (at least this is my understanding from reading terms and conditions of booking online). This is a money making business, and if they don't make money, we season pass holders don't get to ski here. How many season pass holders went up, during the bad conditions, and bought food or drinks on the mountain, to help support the mountain? Our season passes do not pay for much, as far as operating costs go, and I think that is a reality we all need to face. $1200 probably pays to run the Gondola for an hour. And you want a refund for bad snow conditions? You have to be kidding me.

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Tubes 2 years, 2 months ago

I first learned of this on KBCO (Boulder/Denver radio station) this morning; so this definitely is no secret. The news clip sounded much like the first paragraph of this article while also mentioning that Aspen, Vail, and The Beav all have ticket prices in excess of a C-Note. Bad news for sure.

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cindy constantine 2 years, 2 months ago

runner,

What you don't understand is that higher lift ticket prices mid-season does NOT translate into more to the "bottom" line. It has the absolute opposite effect of causing more people, especially front range skiers who do not buy their tickets in advance, of reconsidering their visit to Steamboat no matter what the snow is like. If Ski Corp really wanted to increase visitors and profits to the bottom line they would have LOWERED the ticket prices to $89 per day with the effect of MORE visitors spending MORE money on the mountain and in town. Making up for bad early season snow has got to come with a big incentive. Is their no economist working for Fortress/Intrawest. How can they be so dense??

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pitpoodle 2 years, 2 months ago

“If people are spending the money on the lift tickets, they may not be spending it in the store,” Barnett said. “That’s a concern.” Well, wake up honey. People also don't spend more in your stores when 8.65% is added on to each purchase. The more tax, the fewer sales. OK fess up now. Who voted for this boondoggle?

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runnerbikerdriver44 2 years, 2 months ago

cindy-if you walk up to the window and buy a day pass, that is what you are paying. If you plan your trip in advance, you will pay a lower price than $105 a day. If you look at bundling your trip, booking hotels with the lift tickets, ski lessons, rentals, etc., you will still save a lot of money, just like you did before they raised prices. This will maybe make people who are driving up for a day rethink their trip, but then you have to look at why people make those last minute trips-ski conditions. And if people are paying such close attention to conditions, they are going to pay a little more to have better conditions. People plan these trips to Steamboat way in advance, sometimes over a year in advance, because there are deals to be taken advantage of. If you look online, you can prebook a 1-day ticket, and it drops the price back down to $99. I don't think you could ever prebook a 1 day ticket online prior to today.

Would you rather pay $89 at Keystone, and stand in line all day, or pay $105, and have less lines? I know what my choice would be...

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Bill Dalzell 2 years, 2 months ago

Runnerdrunkbikedriver. Its called sarcasm. It was said in jest playing off of their quote referring to the fact that good conditions warrant a price increase. Don't get your panties in a bunch. All I'm sayin is that it is a bad move, and one done out of greed at the expense of the vacationer.

Cindy hit the nail on the head.

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runnerbikerdriver44 2 years, 2 months ago

Billy D-Maybe I wasn't quoting you; maybe I was quoting honestabe. You clearly weren't the only posting about this. And panites in a bunch? I doubt you could have such an effect on any female.

What I was point out was that this is not about ripping the vacationers off-if you pre-booked before today, you are fine. If you pre book after today, you are fine. If you are coming up on a whim because you thought the conditions were great, you may pay a little bit more.

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Jack Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

I am an East Coast Fractional Owner in Steamboat who is looking forward to getting to Steamboat for the upcoming week. I was as surprised as most of you to read this article. Given the state of the economy and lack of snow in December and January, I really can't understand how the Ski Corporation is going in the opposite direction from the town. I read the pilot on most days and get all the updates on the " Deal of the Day " and have purchased two for this week. We have, over the past 10 years, come to love the Town of Steamboat and all of the fine people that we always look forward to seeing. We will continue to support the local merchants because we like them.I hope the group that is coming with us will understand the 6.00 per day increase. I am thankful for the great snow of the past two weeks but I guess the Ski Corp doesn't realize that Steamboat is not the easiest place to get to from the East Coast and with sudden changes such as this, I'm not sure the price will justify the effort and expense.

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Bill Dalzell 2 years, 2 months ago

It doesn't really matter who you were quoting. I still think you are off. I think it comes down to occupancy is up and pre booking is down. So now they try to make a buck. Its kind of a bait and switch as well. Legal yes. Ethical, not really. A lot of people book ski vacations and buy tickets on the days they want to ski. Unless you are skiing five or more days multi day/ pre booked tix are a rip off. Myself and family and friends have all been subject to rain and wind days where the mountain only opened a small portion and/or opened late. Refunds are often hard to come by.

You are naive to think that this only effects people who had not already planned to come.

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John St Pierre 2 years, 2 months ago

What an opportunity for the city.... HOWLSEN>>> is a fraction of the price..... to bad they don;t advertize that fact ever....

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mtroach 2 years, 2 months ago

Great snow, BS. That's normal or average snow any other year. Plus, "great snow" on a piss poor base just brings the base up to a still below average for this time of year. If snowfall warrants a price change, why didn't the price go up last year when we set record every month? I hope they do bank some funds from this to pay for the fire suppression we will need this summer if the snow level stay so low.

Scottw, thank for the explanation of the air program. seems like we are paying the bulk of the tax but the guests get the better priced flights.

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honestabe 2 years, 2 months ago

For all people still following/visiting who want to ski, unless there is a huge powder day-

-- GO SKI HOWLSEN HILL.

Historic, soulful ski hill, great price, downtown steamboat. Great Hill, run for the benefit of Steamboat's youth, not a senseless greedy business with little business sense.

ski corp should carry a new motto--- " Legal YES, moral---NO (but making $$)". kinda like the real problem America faces today...

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 2 months ago

Announcing price hikes that take effect the next day when the next day happens to be the start of a holiday weekend is particularly obnoxious on both counts.

How would like to go to a restaurant and find out this was expected to be a busy weekend so they hiked the prices 6%? Would you ever go there again on a holiday weekend? Would you tend to go there less often regardless and give your business to restaurants that appreciated your business?

It is not as if ski area is projected to be overflowing with skiers and thus Ski Corps wants to discouraging additional skiers.

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carlyle 2 years, 2 months ago

I would bet the Steamboat Ski Corporation did not make the call to raise ticket prices. I'd bet that Intrawest was told by Fortress to raise revenue. Intrawest - Bill Jensen - told the Ski Corp to raise window prices and put significant capital projects (like expanding Four Points) on hold.

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exduffer 2 years, 2 months ago

Did anyone ranting here pay attention to the gas prices in town at Christmas/New Years? $.40-.50 above the front range prices. One week later $.25 above. Airlines jack up their prices when the see a change for the positive in bookings Hotels cost more when demand is high. The OTP should have half price burgers every night. It is business people, if you don't like it don't but it.

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1999 2 years, 2 months ago

Heres something else to get worked up about...ski corp announced that our 2011-12 ski passes DO NOT EXTEND TO SUMMER 2012 SUMMER PASS> To ride the gondolla this summer ...to bike hike or have lunch...you must purchase a 2012-13 ski pass. You will not be allowed on the gondolla this summer until you have paid for your 2012-13 ski pass.

nice eh?

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rhys jones 2 years, 2 months ago

I think they've gotten about enough of my money. Let the suckers pay now.

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mavis 2 years, 2 months ago

Just remember this when next years election includes a tax to BAIL OUT SKI CORP because they went under given the marginal snowfall and poor marketing decisions.

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Oshkoshgirl 2 years, 2 months ago

Billy D, just because the town is busy for one week-end and the numbers are up at The Grand, does not mean the rest of the ski season is going to be up too - March numbers at all properties are way down. Ski Corp owns the Grand, maybe they think that since the Grand is at 98% for 3 nights the ski season is saved - prices can go up! Well the rest of the lodging companies do not live in the bubble that Ski Corp does. And the airlines still dictate the airfares, the airline subsidies ensure that the airlines will bring their planes to Hayden. Between sky high airfares early in the booking season and terrible snow conditions, this ski season has been hard fought to get people to Steamboat - lodging companies have been dropping their rates for months and now the Ski Corp in their infinite wisdom decide to raise daily ticket prices overnight. Very bad p.r. move.

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cindy constantine 2 years, 1 month ago

This is the icing on the cake---My friend who works in food service for Ski Corp said the employees were up until midnight last night raising ALL the prices on mountain food and drink!!!! New menus, boards, etc with HIGHER PRICES. I am just heart-sick and worried for our town as we bend over backwards to be good hosts and this is their thanks. What Intrawest will never understand is that Steamboat is great because the TOWN is fabulous with real history, roots and helpful, friendly locals. Unlike Vail which is a fabulous MOUNTAIN which makes the town great. We are getting so screwed . . . . . .because the mountain and its lack of amenities is just NOT "all that" and certainly not worth the prices they charge. March will be an interesting month, especially if we get no snow.

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jmm761 2 years, 1 month ago

Correct me if I am wrong but 1,000,000 skier visits @106.00 would be 106 million dollars, while 2,000,000 skier visits @ 75.00 would be 150 million, not to mention extra revenue from restaurants and ski shops. Seems to me, intrawest did not take their basic business courses in college. Operating costs are operating costs, once you hit that thresh hold, it is all profit. Steamboat Ski area, wake up! Americans rich or poor want value for their dollar, are you trying to make it a ghost town? Friends from Denver were in town this weekend and chose to go cross country ski because they have a pass in Vail and all the summit mountains and they thought the lift tickets were ridiculous. They have lived in Steamboat before and love coming to our town but rented a condo in Vail because of the value. Family was here over the holidays and went snow shoeing instead. I personally have 20 friends and family myself who opted out 3 days of skiing this year and probably another 20 in season passes. 60 days @ 106.00=6360 + 20 people @ 1000.00=20000/26360.00 worth of money missed and I am one person, multiply that by a conservative number of 10,000 residents with similar situations and you just lost 2.6 million. You better get a new numbers person, they are about to run your company into the ground! Exclusivity is for Aspen, Telluride and Jackson hole not Steamboat! I sure wished the Muellers had bought Steamboat, at least they would have been invested in the whole community!

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 1 month ago

Cindy, Well, apparently just as their snow conditions improved then likewise their quality of their food and drink improved which justifies higher prices.

Well, at least there are Slopeside and such alternatives which are not owned or controled by Ski Corp that can set their own prices for food and drink to skiers.

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exduffer 2 years, 1 month ago

jmm761- You better get a new numbers person. 2 million skiers would equate to about 15,000 every single day of the season. I don't think the "locals" would enjoy "their" mountain with those kind of crowds. If you look at other publically held ski areas you will see that with discounts and season passes that actual lift ticket revenue equates to about $40 per skier visit, $50 on a great year.

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rhys jones 2 years, 1 month ago

The thing is, there is an elite class in this country which is not dissuaded by price, they will be here regardless of cost, and it is them upon whom Ski Corp preys, we poor locals are just side casualties. The couple of times I ventured into the Stoker ($6 beers!!) it was virtually deserted. They're obviously not after MY dollar. Day traders and trust-funders.

It seems to me the company which runs our hill does not own it, am I wrong? They utilize a Special Use Permit issued by OUR Forest Service to access OUR property.

I think we should ride in and take our mountain back. (YVB, (or Mike) got a horse I could borrow?) If that works, then let's get our Hot Springs back (sorry Don).

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bobnbobber 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Ski Corp! Was looking forward to my family coming to visit but they decided to go to Whistler instead. That would have been 6 visitors generating business for more than just Ski Corp. But now, not only am I not buying a lift ticket for myself to ski with them, neither are my 6 family members who would have skied a week. First time in 20 years I didn't buy a pass, first time int 20 years they arnt visiting, thank God! Now I get to spend my locally earned dollar in Canada! Just hope I have work to come home to...

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Brad Luth 2 years, 1 month ago

Was just watching 9news . . news anchor was commenting on the lift ticket price increase in Steamboat . . ."If you plan on going skiing, you might want to think twice about heading up to Steamboat" . . is that the PR you guys were looking for?

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jmm761 2 years, 1 month ago

Exduffer, hypothetical numbers:the point is volume is volume and they are going after a niche that wants squaw valley, jackson hole, telluride and aspen, not steamboat we have an intermediate mountain at best. What we do have is amazing snow and amazing people that live here! Obviously 2 million skier visits would be in excess but going in the direction of 0 skier visits makes no sense.

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jmm761 2 years, 1 month ago

http://www.steamboattoday.com/photos/2011/nov/29/45346/

Exduffer, here are Steamboat's true numbers, average 7500 people per day and 15000 during peak days. So not really that far off here, if you look back at 1995-2000, you would see just how far we have come in the wrong direction. Hopefully town will embrace some type of business to come into the valley and stop being so anti any growth, Intrawest is in for themselves only at this point!

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Joe Solomon 2 years, 1 month ago

I have to say, from a PR perspective this seems to be a disaster. I just had a group of guys in from out of town who I had to convince to come here vs. Wolf Creek and their 50+ lift ticket. Felt like an ass when they went up to the window Friday and it was a $100+ lift ticket, and none of us even knew it was coming! I would love to hear from the hill in terms of their reasoning for keeping this fairly quiet, and the justification for it.

And a secondary but equally as important blow to season pass holders - why would you remove the summer gondola priveledges from us and basically make up commit to a 2012-13 pass now? A bit stunning really - regardless of the business decisions behind this move, it was handled poorly and no one was given any notice, which makes it sting that much more. I will be reconsidering merchant passes for my employees and offering Old Town gym memberships instead - maybe time to find a new PR firm guys.

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dave mcirvin 2 years, 1 month ago

2B or not too be. great thing that passed.

It is illogical for town businesses to believe that they are really partnering with ski corp. Fortress/Intrawest please sell STBT to Vail Resorts.

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exduffer 2 years, 1 month ago

$3.89 per inch vs. $28.75 per inch at Vail. I think I know where I am spending my money today.

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cindy constantine 2 years, 1 month ago

OK so I am totally bored with the look of the forum after "THE BAN" as I will start to call it. I am still mad as hell especially after several guests came into the store where I work on Monday and complained to me that as nice as the people in town had been to them they were planning no more trips to Steamboat in light of the unexpected "sticker shock" when they got here and the "poor" snow conditions--I guess wind drift was just not their thing. After this latest dump guess we no longer have the market on good snow. Hey SKI Corp are you planning on lowering ticket and food prices now????? And Brent, why in the world did you tell us about avalanche danger on Sunday duh? Can you PLEASE take a stand on something important affecting this entire community? Especially after 88% of locals participating in your poll voted that prices at the Mountain were too high. If one person cast 250 votes you need to tell us that as well. Remember the majority of the voters were persuaded by the "young girls in airline hats" and already voted to send an extra $1,000,000 + to the Fortress bottom line. This situation reminds me of an important proverb, "Beware of the toes that you step on as they may be attached to the a$$ you have to kiss tomorrow."

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