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Mike Moore: Season pass disappointment

I wonder how many Breck skiers have seen the details of the Vail Resorts season pass offerings for 2011/2012. For those of us who have purchased the Summit Pass for the last several years, this is no longer available. Instead we can either pay much more for the Epic Local Pass ($499 for unlimited Breck and 10 restricted days at Vail) or accept restrictions on skiing at Breck with the $409 Summit Value Pass.

Granted, most Summit County and Front Range skiers (including myself) who currently have Summit passes probably prefer to avoid skiing on those days anyway due to very crowded conditions. However, for those of us with families in school and friends and relatives who like to visit, these are often the only times they can come here to ski. And the idea that we will need to check our calendars before heading to the slopes is a great disappointment to me in that I consider Breck my “home” mountain.

While the Epic Local does include the bonus of a few days at Vail, the nearly two-hour round trip from Breck, the uncertainties of getting over Vail Pass, and the $25 parking has caused us to lose interest in going there, so the Summit Pass was perfect for us and I believe for many others.

It seems to me that Vail Resorts could easily offer the Summit Pass again and just price it between the Epic Local and Summit Value passes.

I don’t want to give up on Breck and hope to ski here for many years to come, but I have to admit the $369 unrestricted season pass at Copper is starting to look like a real bargain.

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