Over the Hill Gang members to get $99 VR season passes
SUMMIT COUNTY – Over the Hill Gang International skiers 70 and older will get a deal other seniors won’t see this season, paying only $99 for a five-mountain pass to Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek and Arapahoe Basin.
Non-member seniors paid $149 until Sept. 29, at which point the five-mountain pass price jumped to $299. A three-mountain pass – good at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge – also is available for $179. Both of those pass prices are good throughout the season.
The $99 Over the Hill Gang International (OTHGI) price is good until Nov. 3. Members 70 and older who paid the $149 can contact Vail Resorts to have the difference refunded.
OTHGI is an organization of skiers older than 50. The group, based in Colorado Springs, charges $50 per year for membership and visits ski areas throughout the world. Another gang is based at Copper Mountain. According to Kelly Ladyga, director of corporate communications for Vail Resorts, the company works with a variety of ski clubs around the country, offering discounts on such things as season passes and lessons.
Seniors – including OTHGI members – were shocked in August when the five-mountain, senior ski pass prices were announced at $299, a $200 increase over last year’s pass. Vail officials later reduced that to $199 and included an optional three-mountain pass for $129. The next day, they lowered the cost of the five-mountain pass to $149, offered until Sept. 29. The five-mountain senior ski pass is now $299.
Such price finagling is common in the summer and fall months, as ski area officials discuss strategies and set prices. Daily lift ticket prices have yet to be announced.
According to Ladyga, a sales staff member in May offered OTHGI members a $99 five-mountain pass before ski area officials had decided what this season’s ski pass prices would be. Vail Resorts since has decided to honor that offer.
Copper Mountain lets those older than 70 ski for free if they pick up a daily pass at the window; if they want to skip the hassles of long lines, they can pay a one-time processing fee of $10 to obtain a ski pass and go straight to the lifts.
Arapahoe Basin and Loveland will offer senior season passes for $25 – the cost of processing the pass.
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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