C-Pass inflation

In the unlikely event that you’re wondering, the Colorado Pass: Keystone, A-Basin, Breckenridge with 10 days at Vail and Copper has gone up $100 in three years to its current price of $419.00

I’m just sayin… Actually, for those looking to get up on the cheap I heartily endorse the tickets section of Craigslist come, say, mid February. People can’t get rid of their passes — and it’s mostly those 4 packs from Copper and Winter Pk — fast enough. I remeber in early March paying all of $40 for three days at WP.

Speaking of the ski industry, I’d like to plug a book by Hal Clifford called Downhill Slide. It’s like the Fast Food Nation of skiing.

The analysis might not shock a lot of you –namely that the industry is quite similar to the movie business with mountain real estate serving as the conscession stand and the actual sport serving as the movie. The latter is a loss leader, the former a profit center. Also talks about some mom & pop resorts that have no real estate developement, lowered the lift ticket prices and witnessed a huge boom in numbers (and sales) as a result. I read it three years ago so it’s not like I can quote it verbatim, but it’s worth a read.

1 Comment so far

  1. belle (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 8:21 am

    Compare to an Eldora pass at $439.

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