A snowboarder had a “frantic struggle” to get onto a crowded chairlift at Park City Mountain Resort earlier this month. A snowboarder hurt at Mount Bachelor earlier this month was told he wouldn’t be allowed to ski again until someone came down and found him another chairlift. Both those incidents occurred on back-to-back weekends, and officials there have alerted customers that there may be an increase in waiting times. Because of those situations, the resort’s new pass may just be what the doctor ordered.
A new season pass that grants unlimited skiing, snowboarding, and touring at all Utah’s resorts, including popular Park City, Deer Valley, and Canyons, is set to launch on March 1, for only $529. (That comes out to $170 cheaper than the season pass a year ago, and only $10 more than last year’s annual rate of $579.)
Five years ago, no one could predict how parched ski resorts would be for snow. If the Ski Utah board was successful in convincing politicians and distributors to go ahead with cutting pass prices, it’s likely that we could be skiing deeper powder and straighter slopes in years to come, thanks to lower prices.
Apparently, Ski Utah and Snowbasin were able to convince some of the big resorts to join them and all but one of the resorts added a pass. In all, nine resorts will be featured in the plan: Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbasin, Park City Mountain Bike Resort, Alta, Canyons, Brighton, Deer Valley, Solitude, and Snowbird. The lone holdout is Kirkwood.
The number of resorts participating allows visitors to choose their favorite times, but it also means different options for skiers. For example, Deer Valley offers pass holders discounts at The Margaritaville Resort, a family entertainment complex offering year-round activities, if a Ski Utah pass holder wants to take his kids there. It also means that Sugar Bowl, the resort that proved that pass-holder promotions could make the ride worth it by getting some college students hooked on skiiing at last year’s Black Friday promotion, doesn’t have to worry about resort exclusivity anymore.
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