Ask CS: Too late for season passes?

Q: I am moving back to Colorado late this March. Do any resorts sell late season passes (Late season Buddy Pass) Something like that? I hope so! Daily rates at Vail,Breck,and Keyston would get expensive!

Posted by Lance Gartner

A: Hey Lance, great question and the simplest answer: you're out of luck.

The Colorado Pass is no longer on sale (access to all Vail resorts including Breckenridge and Keystone) as this is the definition of price discrimination. The same goes for the Intrawest passes (Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Steamboat). The beauty of a monopoly is the fact the consumer will sometimes suffer.

But wait, there's hope: you can still purchase a Loveland or Arapahoe Basin season pass from their websites.

As I mentioned, A-Basin and Loveland are perfect for you because you'll have longer spring-season skiing at either resort (and they're both closer).

You also have two more options: buddy passes and supermarket discounted tickets:

  • Buddy Passes: If you don't know some folks in town with a pass (and extra ski-with-a-friend tickets) try finding a new friend on Craigslist. Let the world know you're looking to provide someone with great company in exchange for a buddy ticket.
  • Discounted Tickets: A lesser-known secret is that King Soopers and Safeway sell lift tickets for slightly less than the daily rates. Just stop by or call your local store to check on prices and availability.

I hope that helps! Thanks for the question.

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