Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014 Costco Vail lift tickets in Colorado?

by G. Kunkel

Vail Resorts, Inc. owns Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone ski resorts in the state of Colorado.  Vail and Beaver Creek are its two top shelf destination resorts with Breckenridge and Keystone being value destination resorts for college students and families.

Lift tickets are priced accordingly to this structure.  Likewise, Vail Resorts controls where its ski tickets are sold.

Unlike a few Front Range Colorado ski areas,  Vail Resorts does not sell its lift tickets in Costco nor has it ever sold them there for any of their resorts.

Vail Resorts only sells discounted products to its resorts through limited outlets.  Discounted lift tickets to Breckenridge and Keystone can be purchased at select King Soopers, City Market, and Safeway grocery stores in Colorado.

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Discounted lift tickets to Vail and Beaver Creek can be purchased online at Snow.com.  They are guaranteed to be the lowest price one can find.  They must however be purchased around 10 days in advance.

One can get discounted Vail lift tickets through a lodging package too.  The price will not be any less than those ordered through the Vail website (snow.com).

If one really wants steeper discounts for a Vail-owned resort, you'll need to buy an Epic product during the non-winter season.  They are generally on sale from April to November.

Colorado residents and all other visitors from around the planet Earth can buy them online.  Popular passes include the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, and the Summit Value Pass.  There are no promotional codes ever offered to purchase them.

There are also Epic products that are valid for 3 to 7 days.  It varies from season to season.

Another option is to find a Epic passholder who will sell you one of their Ski-With-A-Friend lift tickets that is loaded onto their pass.  It may cost one around $15 - $ 20 for this courtesy.  You'll still need to pay for the ticket.  Window rates for SWAF tickets vary during the ski season.

The bottom line is that Vail Resorts does not sell lift tickets to any of its ski resorts in Colorado in Costco.

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