Talk about time sneaking up on you. If you’re close enough to consider a season pass to Utah resorts, it feels like just a few months ago we were debating whether the Mountain Collective should be the only pass you purchase.
The first big deadline to buy a season pass before a hefty price increase, rolls in after Labor Day. If you’re thinking about pulling the trigger, do it sooner rather than later. No reason to lose any more of your money.
A lot will go into your decision to purchase a season pass but make sure you do the math. Figure out how many days you might ski this coming winter. Be realistic. Last year was one of the worst ever. Folks who normally skied 60+ days were only booting up 30-40.
If you think you’ll average about 20-25, consider buying ticket books or something like the $150 Alta Gold Card that gets you half-off lift tickets and it’s got RFID so it’s straight to the lifts just like you would with a pass.
At Solitude, you can buy a 10-Pak ticket book for $500. Whatever days you don't use roll over to next season. Be aware that there’s no more ‘cherry picking’ your days now that Deer Valley is running the joint. Solitude used to sell a multi-ride pass that was not only unique but effective. You could buy, say, 30 ‘rides’ and then ski only three runs a day and make it last for 10 days. Gone.
Here are some figures to help with your decision; in ascending order. There are less expensive midweek options in addition to the ticket packages available at all of the resorts, so click on the individual areas for the full rundown:
Prices rise Oct. 31, 2015
Adult Unlimited = $529
Junior Unlimited (ages 6-12) = $209
Students Unlimited (ages 13-18) = $259
College Unlimited = $439
Adult = $740
Young Adult (ages 7-21) = $300
Family Pass (2 Adults and 2 K-12 - each additional K-12 $100) = $1620
Prices rise September 7, 2015
Adult Premier (age 27-64) = $749
Adult Value Pass (age 27-64) = $549
Young Adult Premier (age 19-26) = $499
Teen Premier (age 13-18) = $299
Youth Premier (age 7-12) = $199
Child Value (ages 6 & under) = $10
The Value passes have holiday blackouts and do not come with the Powder Alliance benefit.
Full Adult Epic = $769
Epic Pass Child = $399
Epic Local Pass Adult = $579 Epic Local Pass Teen = $459
Epic Local Pass Child = $299
Cheapest option for Utahns in school, and who only want to ski Park City-
Park City Youth Pass College = $399
Park City Youth Pass Teen = $309
Park City Youth Pass Child = $289
FYI- There are blackout dates on the Epic Local- Vail, Beaver Creek, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, & Kirkwood restricted: 11/27/15-11/28/15, 12/26/15-12/31/15, 1/16/16, 2/13/16-2/14/16.
Prices rise after 9/16/15
Brighton bucked a forever trend by actually REDUCING pass prices this season.
Adult (ages 24+) = $799
Young Adult (ages 17-23) = $499
Youth (ages 11-Grade 12) = $299
Kids 10 and under Free!
Adult Season Pass = $849
Young Adult (Age 18-23) = $529
Junior (ages 13-17) = $319
Youth (ages 7-12) - $219
Big Cottonwood Pass (valid at both Brighton and Solitude)
Adult - $1,199
Young Adult (18-23) - $839
Junior (7-17) - $479
Kids 6 and under ski free
Adult: $999 ($1,119 after 9/30/15)
Mid Week Pass (Monday-Friday): $799
Ages 18-25: $599 ($1,199 after 9/30/15)
Utah College Student / College Spouse: $599
Kids 7-12: $159; 13-17: $199
The best deal by far if you can wrangle a gang together is the Family Season Pass Package (2 Adults / 2 Children): $1,999 ($2,229 after 9/30.15)- you’re basically getting two free kids’ passes!
Prices rise 9/10/15
Adult Passes Unlimited = $999 ($1,199); Chairs Only = $799 ($1,099)
Young Adult (Ages 18-25) Unlimited = $659 ($729); Chairs Only = $449 ($599)
College Student Passes Unlimited = $659 ($729); Chairs Only = $449 ($599)
Childs Pass (Ages 7-18) Unlimited = $349 ($438); Chairs Only = $279 ($369)
Kids under 6 = $25
Alta / Snowbird Passes (Skiers Only)
Adult Unlimited = $1,399 ($1,599)
Young Adult Unlimited = $1,148 ($1,348)
Senior Unlimited = $1,148 ($1,348)
Family 4-Pack (2 Adults + 2 K-12) with Unlimited Tram & Chairs = $1999 (after 9/10- $2,399); Chairs Only = $1599 ($1,999)
Prices rise after 10/31/15
Adult (Ages 24-64) = $2085
Young Adult (Ages 18-23) = $1295
Teen (Ages 13-17) = $890
Child (Ages 5-12) = $535
DV passholders also get four tickets to Solitude, three tickets to Snowbird and three to Alta (skiers only)
*Those who purchase a Snowbird or Alta pass early also receive the Benefit of the Wasatch (3 tix to Alta or Snowbird, and 3 tix to Deer Valley) and the Mountain Collective for 50 percent off tickets at: Aspen|Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Lake Louise/Sunshine Village, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Whistler Blackcomb, Sun Valley, Stowe, Taos, Thredbo. Alta passholders get an additional 50 percent off tickets at Homewood, Red Lodge, Wachusett Mountain, and Bridger Bowl.
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