Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ski passes for coming winter will go up in price Labor Day weekend

Figure out how many days you’ll try to get

By Mark Reaman

The price of next winter’s Crested Butte Mountain Resort season pass will increase on Labor Day. Currently the Epic Local passes are priced at $699 while the full on Epic Pass is selling at $939. Vail representatives won’t disclose how much the price will increase after September 2.

CBMR senior communications specialist Zach Pickett said all Epic Pass products and CBMR Peak Pass products would increase in price after September 2. The Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and CBMR Peak Passes are the only products that will offer unlimited, unrestricted access to CBMR this winter. “This is an important deadline for people to highlight on their calendars in order to receive the best value,” he said.

Pickett explained that given the broad range of pass products, locals, second homeowners and frequent visitors have plenty of choices.

“To me, there are three best options depending on exactly what our locals are interested in,” Pickett said. “For locals looking to ski unlimited, unrestricted days at CBMR, the Epic Local Pass is available through September 2 at $699 for an adult. Epic Local Pass holders receive six Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets as well. However, if you plan to ski at Telluride this season, the Epic Pass will be your best value as it includes seven days at Telluride on top of the unlimited, unrestricted days at CBMR. For those of us who only want to ski on the best days of the season, the brand new Keystone-Crested Butte 4-Pack offers up to four days at CBMR (with holiday restrictions) for only $249—that’s under $63 per day.”

New for the 2019-20 season are the Keystone Plus Pass and the new Keystone Crested Butte 4-Pack. Pickett said that for $369, the Keystone Plus Pass, with certain holiday restrictions, provides unlimited access to Keystone, unlimited late spring skiing at Breckenridge starting April 1, 2020, and five days at Crested Butte. The Keystone Crested Butte 4-Pack offers any four total days between Keystone and Crested Butte, with holiday restrictions, for only $249.

The Epic Local provides unlimited, unrestricted access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Stevens Pass, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Wilmot. There is limited access with restrictions to a bevy of other Vail-owned resorts.

To see all the details for all the Epic Pass options, go to www.epicpass.com.

As for the CBMR Peak passes, Pickett said that the adult Peak Pass was effectively replaced by the Epic Local pass so that one was discontinued. “However, there is enough of a difference in price between the Child [ages 5 to 12] and Young Adult/Teen [ages 13 to 17] Peak Passes and their Epic Local Pass equivalents to warrant multiple pass options,” Pickett said.

The CBMR Child Peak Pass is $239 compared to the Child Epic Local at $369. The Teen Epic Local is $569 compared to the Young Adult Peak Pass at $359.

Those two Peak Pass options are good only on the Crested Butte ski hill and CBMR Peak Passes must be purchased in-person at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort Adventure Center.

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