Eldora joins Vail’s Epic pass while Mountain Collective adds Mammoth, Snowbird, and Whistler Blackcomb.
Big boy Vail Resorts adds Boulder, Colorado’s local hill, Eldora Mountain Resort, to its 2013-14 season Epic Pass buffet. A mere 20 or so miles from Boulder and about an hour drive from Denver, Eldora is a classic feeder mountain: it’s packed with young kids learning how to ski and is a quick drive from multiple metro areas, allowing skiers to avoid the often jammed Colorado I-70 ski corridor. As bumper stickers in Eldora’s parking lot say, “Friends don’t let friends drive I-70.”
If you're a ski-pass swapper, you'd better choose your next target carefully. Turns out Vail is more likely to turn pass fraudsters over to police than a number of its Colorado sister resorts. According to the Vail Daily, Vail law enforcement has handed out nearly five times the number of misdemeanors as Summit County police for ticket fraud. That doesn't mean fraud happening more often at the bigger resort.
Let's all admit something: Skiers are good people. Sure, there are some minor liftline grumblers and on-slope maniacs, but in general we all like bluebird days, big powder, and a fat beer after last chair. And in general we're happy to give ski companies our money to provide access to such enjoyable pursuits. But let's also admit something else: Skiers are not above a little, shall we say, wheeling and dealing when it comes to ski passes. You know what we're talking about. The kid selling you his half-used lift ticket in the parking lot.
Oh boy -- this one's sure to start some debate. According to The Durango Herald (Colo.), Durango Mountain Resort "has revoked a woman's season pass for publicly criticizing the ski area's new operating schedule." The backstory: In the early and late season, DMR often only opens on weekends.
In an attempt to boost the state of marriage in America—or just get some media attention—Vail Resorts is offering soon-to-be-wedded couples the opportunity to celebrate with a ceremony on Keystone Mountain in exchange for a 2010-2011 season pass. The wedding can go off anytime between Nov. 30 2009 and Nov. 30 2010, and the his-and-her season passes are good at Keystone, as well as at Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin. You gotta admit: A season pass puts your china settings to shame.
Today’s Reminder: It’s time to do more than just dream about the upcoming ski season. Virtually all resorts offer savings—often significant—if you buy your lift tickets or season passes before the snow flies. Here are links to several of the major resort operators. Or just go online to your favorite hometown hill’s website and check out the preseason deals. Happy trails.