Seniors still waiting for VR pass price announcement |

Seniors still waiting for VR pass price announcement

SUMMIT COUNTY – A Vail Resorts official said this week the company has yet to determine the price for its 2003-04 senior ski pass.

VR spokeswoman Christina Schleicher said the price is still under consideration and might not be announced until later this summer.

Most ski areas formerly allowed over-70 skiers free access to lifts and trails. In 2001-02, however, many ski areas began charging senior skiers. Vail Resorts offered a $99 pass that year. The next year, VR’s senior pass price rose to $149.

Many local seniors were disappointed with the fees, but many have also said they understand the resorts are businesses. Still, some seniors fear their pass prices will come closer to regular-season pass prices next season.

“The general inflation in the U.S.A. was probably not more than 5 or 6 percent during those years,” said Andrew T. Zador, a New York senior who visits Summit County each year to ski. “So why is Vail Associates hitting the seniors who are living off Social Security-fixed income?”

Copper Mountain announced last month the processing fee for over-70 ski passes would rise to $20 for next season. Over-70 free skiing also will be limited to Monday through Thursday. (Seniors who don’t want to pay the processing fee can ski for free those days if they are willing to go to the ticket window.) Septuagenarians who want to ski Copper Friday through Sunday will have to buy a regular adult season pass.

Loveland offers a $25 ski pass for the over-70 crowd.

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