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Lift Passes

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Lift Passes

Hello

We are travelling to Colorado for two weeks skiing in April and are trying to figure out the cheapest way to buy a lift pass for Vail and surrounding Co. resorts. We knew it would be pricey but are quite surprised at how much! The weak £ isn't helping us either! The website for the Epic local pass seems to suggest that prices advertised now are only standing until October 9th. Do they go up much the closer the season gets? Or are there any tricks or tips to get the price down?

Also will we need a SUV in April to get about the Vail area and travel over from Denver?

Thank you for any advice?

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1. Re: Lift Passes

The Epic pass gets more expensive closer to opening day. We reserve ours in the spring.

We've skied Vail and Summit County areas for many, many weeks, and never had anything more than a front wheel drive car.

We're from Wisconsin, so have lots of experience driving in winter conditions; an SUV won't help you stop on ice and the higher center of gravity can feel less stable.

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Thanks - that's great. So I should book before Sunday then! I appreciate the advice.

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Just to echo, with the length of your trip you want to get your Epic Pass before the price goes up again. So buy now. If you're going skiing for two weeks, an Epic Local Pass is just $45/day based on today's $629 price. You get 10 days at Vail/Beaver Creek, but more days at nearby Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin. Pretty good deal.

You don't gain anything with an SUV.

Have fun.

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Check out Silvercar in Denver for all wheel drive cars. Colorado has started implementing traction laws for passenger cars during severe weather. Cars must have all wheel drive or snow tires during these alerts.

https:/…TractionLaw

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We support the Epic Pass.

Unless there is a winter blizzard, the CO DOT is excellent with the roads.

We have always rented for winter and spring skiing an AWD car.

We like to fly into Colorado Springs b/c it is much smaller, car rental is steps way from baggage, and we take 24 and 9 to Breckenridge and thence to I-70.

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Colorado requires hire cars to have M+S tyres all season so any rental you pick up there will be sufficient. We never had any trouble with any of the rentals we took to the mountains in winter. You could consider taking the shuttle to vail from Denver airport such as Colorado mountain express. Depending on where you are staying you may not need a car at all. There are free buses all around town even to the market.

London
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7. Re: Lift Passes

Thanks for this information. We're staying in Avon but do want to make the most of the resorts on our epic pass. I know we can get bus connections to Beaver and Vail frpm Avon but I'm not sure about the other resorts.

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There isn't much public transport between vail/beaver creek and the other vail resort locations such as breckenridge, keystone and abasin. There are some buses but only have a couple of times in the morning and a couple of times in the afternoon. There is a private shuttle and I think it ran $35-45 pp from vail area to summit county.

Unless you just feel compelled to visit the other resorts vail and beaver creek should have plenty of terrain open in April to keep your interest. Last April beaver creek had a lot more terrain closed in early April than vail. I also found the snow to be a bit more slushy at brecks last April than vail but it all depends on the weather really. Having the fexibility to choose a different resort each day is nice based on the overnight snowfall and forecast for the day.

Staying in Avon is a good option for both vail and beaver creek. If you are staying in the town you can either walk over to the gondola or hop on the shuttle up to the mountain or catch the Eco bus over to vail which is $4 pp each way. If you don't have correct amount they will issue a card with the change loaded onto it to use later.

With the purchase of the epic pass you will get certain discounts on food and other merchants. Check the website for details before you arrive because some of them change each month.

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You don't really need a car when you are staying in Avon to ski Vail and Beaver Creek, but it does depend if you are renting a home that may not be near a bus stop or staying in a hotel near one. There is a Enterprise Rental Car at the Christy Lodge in Avon should you decide to rent a car and go ski in Breckenridge, Keystone or A-Basin.

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10. Re: Lift Passes

Thank you for all of this advice. It's really helpful. Given how pathetic the pound is now anything that will save money is gratefully appreciated.

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