Vail cops see jump in ski pass fraud |

Vail cops see jump in ski pass fraud

VAIL — The Vail Police Department has seen a significant increase in cases of fraudulent ski pass use over this time last season.

So far this season, 39 criminal cases have been reported. Only four cases were reported last season during the same period. As a reminder, using another person’s ski pass can have criminal consequences and potentially bar the unauthorized user from skiing the entire season. Once fraudulent use is identified, suspects are either issued a summons into court and released or arrested, depending on the circumstances. The charge carries a maximum fine of up to $999 and 180 days in jail.

Vail Resorts is the only authorized retailer of ski passes on Vail Mountain. Vail Police also caution against purchasing lift tickets from any site other than an authorized Vail Resorts retailer. Authorized lift tickets and frequently asked questions can be found on the Vail Resorts website,

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