Holy smokes, Batman! More like, holy Benjamins actually. Vail’s day lift pass for 2007-2008 will cost you $92. With that kind of pricing, fewer and fewer kids will be learning to ski unless they have a trust fund and last names like Hilton, Gates, Buffet or Moneybags. The next most expensive resorts are Aspen ($87) and Deer Valley ($81).
I have a hard time believing that the majority of skeirs can realistically afford to ski at those prices. Yeah, fixed resort costs increase every year like the price of gas, but at some point you end up hurting the locals who just want to get out on the slopes and bring their families along. I guess the majority of Vail’s tickets are sold to destination skiers with bundled lodging and lift tickets, so they don’t end up paying full price. But, what do locals do with their families? Maybe there are no “locals” at Aspen? I dunno…
I hear from lots of Utah locals that it simply isn’t financially feasible to be a skiing family. I’m beginning to feel the reality of that with a growing family and the possibility of having to pay for 5 lift tickets just to ski together. It’s a tough realization and one that has certainly driven my passion for backcountry skiing.
Still, as lift tickets continue their rise in prices, there are a few bargains to be had–even in Utah.
The Elusive $38 Lift Ticket?
For the lowest lift ticket prices in the state, you’ll have to head north to Cache Valley–home of Beaver Mountain where you’ll find an astounding $38 lift ticket! I haven’t paid $38 to ski anywhere in a LONG time. On top of that, their full-price adult season pass is just $490. I guess living in Logan does have its privileges. Both Sundance and Brian Head are the next least expensive at $45. Sundance also has great midweek pricing and a sweet $15 twilight (2:30 – 4:30 pm weekdays) lift ticket.
I’ll admit, you do get what you pay for with high-speed lifts, fancy lodges, impeccable grooming, etc. However, I’d give that all up for the reality of taking my entire family skiing every weekend. And, Beaver Mountain is one of those places that reminds me of the type of skiing I did growing up skiing in Washington State at Alpental.
I want to know what you all think about the ever-rising lift prices? Anyone turned off by them? Anyone change their skiing habits (like going backcountry skiing more often)? Chime in below…