Season pass insurance grows in popularity |

Season pass insurance grows in popularity

More season-pass skiers are insuring their purchases as resorts take a harder line on issuing refunds.

Most of Colorado’s larger resorts now offer insurance on their season passes, and buyers are increasingly taking advantage of policies that provide prorated returns in case of injury, illness or a job change that prevents skiing. Ski resorts, in turn, are implementing stricter no-refund policies because of the availability of the policies.

Insurance on season passes to Vail’s four Colorado hills, Copper Mountain and Intrawest’s Winter Park and Steamboat cost $20, and a policy for Aspen Skiing’s $1,819 premier pass costs $109.

“You are talking $20 to protect $655,” said John Frappier , who insured his Epic Pass for the first time this season. “I mean, I already spend hundreds driving and on gas and equipment. What’s another 20?”


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