by G. Kunkel
Breckenridge discount lift tickets are pretty much dead for the 2016-17 ski season. They are not offered in King Soopers, Safeway, or any other Colorado grocery store.
Vail Resorts, which owns Breckenridge, wants customers to to buy lift tickets and passes directly from them these days. Eliminating the middle man is one way for them to maximize revenue.
Vail Resorts guarantees that the lowest ticket price will always be on their website.
One's best plan is to buy a season pass product or a multi-day pass product. The sooner one buys it in the spring, the better the deal. Some products come with discounted lift tickets loaded onto them for family and friends.
If one waits till the ski season to buy a discounted product on the website, it may not be available. Sales of most value passes stop mid-November.
Transfer of picture passes is illegal and can result in a $1000 fine and some jail time. It is called 'theft of services'. So, don't plan on buying or renting a pass off Craigslist. Some bargain seekers have been scammed off there for thousands of dollars.
If you did not plan ahead, your best bet is to buy them 7 days in advance off the Vail website.
Another option is to ski or snowboard at smaller, cheaper ski resorts like Loveland or Arapahoe Basin. They both still offer discount lift tickets in the grocery store and offer discount passes throughout the ski season.
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