Ski Resort Lift Pass Comparison Essay

Compare the lift ticket prices for 2017/2018 season for the following mountains. Find the best resort based on the total cost of lift ticket prices and season passes.

Akakura Kanko, Japan

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 594300 JPY($39)
Child12 & under3000 JPY($27)
Senior60 & over3500 JPY($32)
Season Pass-50000 JPY($455)

Akakura Onsen, Japan

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 594800 JPY($44)
Child12 & under3500 JPY($32)
Senior60 & over1000 JPY($9)

Alpe d'Huez, France

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 6454.5 EUR($65)
Child4 & underFree
Child5 - 1245 EUR($54)
Senior65 - 7147 EUR($55)
Season Pass
Adult Season Pass
-1480 EUR($1,785)
Season Pass
Child Season Pass
-1230 EUR($1,483)
Season Pass
Senior Season Pass
-1230 EUR($1,483)

Alta, Utah

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 79$104
Child12 & under$54
Senior80 & overFree
Season Pass
Unlimited Adult Season Pass
26 - 64$1,199
Season Pass
Young Adult Pass
18 - 25$699
Season Pass
65 - 79 Season Pass
65 - 79$799
Season Pass
80+ Season Pass
80 & over$50
Season Pass
6 & Under
6 & under$99
Season Pass
7 - 12 Season Pass
7 - 12$359
Season Pass
13 - 17 Season Pass
13 - 17$399

Alyeska Resort, Alaska

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 59$65Weekdays
Adult19 - 59$85Weekends/Holidays
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$30Weekdays
Child6 - 12$39Weekends/Holidays
Senior60 - 69$50Weekdays
Senior60 - 69$68Weekends/Holidays
Senior70 & over$15Weekdays
Senior70 & over$16Weekends/Holidays
Student13 - 18$50Weekdays
Student13 - 18$68Weekends/Holidays
Season Pass-$1,490

Angel Fire Resort, New Mexico

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 69$77
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 12$57
Child13 - 17$67
Senior70 - 74$29
Senior75 & overFree
Season Pass-$719

Apex Mountain Resort, British Columbia

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 6480 CAD($64)
Child7 & underFree
Child8 - 1250 CAD($40)
Child13 - 1866 CAD($53)
Senior65 - 6966 CAD($53)
Senior70 & over46 CAD($37)
Student-66 CAD($53)
Season Pass
Adult Season Pass
-999 CAD($804)

Appalachian Ski Mountain, North Carolina

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 59$39Weekdays
Adult13 - 59$62Weekends/Holidays
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$30Weekdays
Child6 - 12$43Weekends/Holidays
Senior60 & over$30Weekdays
Senior60 & over$43Weekends/Holidays
Student-$31Weekdays
Student-$62Weekends/Holidays
Season Pass
17-18 Unlimited Individual Season Membership
-$505

Appi Kogen, Japan

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 595900 JPY($54)
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 183600 JPY($33)
Senior60 & over4200 JPY($38)

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 59$100
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 14$52
Child15 - 18$85
Senior60 - 69$90
Senior70 & over$35
Season Pass
A-Basin Full Season Pass
-$349

Asahidake Ropeway, Japan

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 & over1200 JPY($11)
Child6 & underFree
Student7 - 12600 JPY($5)

Aspen Highlands, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 64$155
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 17$102
Senior65 & over$102
Season Pass
2017-2018 Premier Pass
-$2,219

Aspen Mountain, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 64$155
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 17$102
Senior65 & over$102
Season Pass
2017-2018 Premier Pass
-$2,219

Attitash, New Hampshire

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 64$79Weekdays
Adult18 - 64$85Weekends/Holidays
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 17$59Weekdays
Child7 - 17$64Weekends/Holidays
Senior65 & over$59Weekdays
Senior65 & over$64Weekends/Holidays
Season Pass
Peak Pass - Explorer
-$999

Bansko, Bulgaria

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 & over58 BGN($36)
Child6 & under1 BGN($0.6)
Child7 - 1240 BGN($25)
Student13 & over52 BGN($32)
Season Pass
Seasonal Ski Pass
-1500 BGN($903)

Bear Mountain, California

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult23 - 64$99
Child4 & overFree
Child5 - 12$40
Child13 - 22$81
Senior65 - 79$81
Senior80 & overFree
Season Pass
Bear + Summit Anytime Pass
-$499

Bear Valley, California

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult20 - 64$95
Child5 & under$19
Child6 - 12$36
Child13 - 19$78
Senior65 - 74$57
Student75 & overFree
Season Pass
Peak Season Pass
-$718

Beaver Creek, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 64$169
Child4 & underFree
Child5 - 12$117
Senior65 & over$159
Season Pass
Epic Pass
-$899

Belleayre, New York

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult20 - 64$56Weekdays
Adult20 - 64$68Weekends/Holidays
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 12$42Weekdays
Child7 - 12$46Weekends/Holidays
Child13 - 19$50Weekdays
Child13 - 19$58Weekends/Holidays
Senior65 - 69$42Weekdays
Senior65 - 69$46Weekends/Holidays
Senior70 & over$20
Season Pass
Belleayre Only Full Season Pass
-$789

Big Sky Resort, Montana

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 69$139
Child6 - 10$86
Child11 - 17$115
Senior70 & over$115
Student-$115
Season Pass
Gold Tram Season Pass
-$1,469

Big White, British Columbia

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 6495 CAD($75)
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 1254 CAD($43)
Child13 - 1880 CAD($63)
Senior65 & over80 CAD($63)
Student19 & over80 CAD($63)
Season Pass-1278 CAD($1,000)

Blue Mountain Canada, Ontario

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 6970 CAD($55)
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 1753 CAD($42)
Senior70 & over53 CAD($42)
Season Pass
Adult Peak Season Pass
-749 CAD($582)

Bogus Basin, Idaho

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 69$62
Child6 & under$10
Child7 - 11$25
Child12 - 18$49
Senior70 & over$44
Season Pass
2017-18 Alpine Season Pass
-$499

Boreal Mountain Resort, California

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 59$79
Child4 & under$5
Child5 - 12$49
Child13 - 17$69
Senior60 - 69$69
Senior70 & over$29
Season Pass
Unlimited Season Pass
-$319

Borovets, Bulgaria

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult23 - 6455 BGN($33)
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 1330 BGN($18)
Child14 - 2240 BGN($24)
Senior65 & over40 BGN($24)
Season Pass
Seasonal Lift Pass
-1000 BGN($782)

Boyne Highlands, Michigan

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 64$75Weekdays (excl Friday)
Adult19 - 64$95Friday and Weekends
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$55Weekdays (excl Friday)
Child6 - 12$65Friday and Weekends
Child13 - 18$65Weekdays (excl Friday)
Child13 - 18$75Friday and Weekends
Senior65 - 79$65Weekdays (excl Friday)
Senior65 - 79$75Friday and Weekends
Season Pass
Premium Pass
-$499

Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 64$75Weekdays (excl Friday)
Adult19 - 64$85Sunday
Adult19 - 64$95Friday and Saturday
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$55Weekdays (excl Friday)
Child6 - 12$65Sunday
Child6 - 12$70Friday and Saturday
Child13 - 18$65Weekdays (excl Friday)
Child13 - 18$75Sunday
Child13 - 18$80Friday and Saturday
Senior65 - 79$65Weekdays (excl Friday)
Senior65 - 79$75Sunday
Senior65 - 79$80Friday and Saturday
Senior80 & overFree
Season Pass
Gold Adult Boyne Pass
-$799

Breckenridge, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 64$169
Child4 & underFree
Child5 - 12$110
Senior65 & over$159
Season Pass
Epic Pass
-$899

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 64$81Weekdays
Adult18 - 64$93Weekends
Child4 & underFree
Child5 - 12$45Weekdays
Child5 - 12$55Weekends
Child13 - 17$60Weekdays
Child13 - 17$70Weekends
Senior65 - 79$25Weekdays
Senior65 - 79$93Weekends
Senior80 & overFree
Season Pass
Winter Mountain Pass
-$1,069

Brian Head Resort, Utah

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 64$38Weekdays
Adult13 - 64$59Weekends
Adult13 - 64$79Holidays (Dec 16 - Jan 1)
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$27Weekdays
Child6 - 12$43Weekends
Child6 - 12$57Holidays (Dec 16 - Jan 1)
Senior65 & over$27Weekdays
Senior65 & over$43Weekends
Senior65 & over$57Holidays (Dec 16 - Jan 1)
Season Pass-$719

Bridger Bowl, Montana

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 69$60
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 12$22
Senior70 - 79$35
Senior80 & overFree
Season Pass
2017-2018 Season Pass
-$825

Brighton Resort, Utah

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult14 - 64$85
Child10 & underFree
Child11 - 13$53
Senior65 & over$57
Season Pass
Unlimited Pass
-$899

Buttermilk, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 64$155
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 17$102
Senior65 & over$102
Season Pass
2017-2018 Premier Pass
-$2,219

Camelback Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 64$53Midweek
Adult19 - 64$67Weekend/Holidays
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 18$45Midweek
Child6 - 18$49Weekend/Holidays
Senior65 & over$45Midweek
Senior65 & over$49Weekend/Holidays
Season Pass
Super Pass
-$899

Canaan Valley Resort, West Virginia

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 59$52Weekdays
Adult13 - 59$68Weekends
Adult13 - 59$78Holiday
Child6 - 12$29Weekdays
Child6 - 12$44Weekends
Child6 - 12$49Holiday
Senior60 - 69$29Weekdays
Senior60 - 69$44Weekends
Senior60 - 69$49Holiday
Season Pass-$550

Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 64$77
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$55
Child13 - 17$64
Senior65 & over$55
Season Pass
Cannon Mountain Season Pass
-$889

Cardrona, Queenstown

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult-TBA
Child-TBA
Senior-TBA
Season Pass
Winter 2018 Season Pass (Adult Unlimited)
-899 NZD($629)

Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 & over$64
Child12 & underFree
Child13 - 17$54
Season Pass-Not Available

Cataloochee, North Carolina

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 64$67
Child4 & underFree
Child5 - 12$50
Senior65 & overFree
Season Pass
2017-2018 Season Pass - Unlimited Single
-$680

Cervinia, Italy

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 6346 EUR($55)
Child8 & underFree
Child9 - 1432.5 EUR($39)
Child15 - 1841 EUR($49)
Senior64 & over41 EUR($49)
Season Pass
Winter 2017-2018 - Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Torgnon Chamois
-790 EUR($928)

Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult15 - 6463.5 EUR($76)
Child5 - 1454 EUR($64)
Senior65 - 7954 EUR($64)
Senior80 & over31.8 EUR($38)
Season Pass
Chamonix Le Pass Season
-1158 EUR($1,361)

Chestnut Mountain Resort, Illinois

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult12 - 54$40Weekday
Adult12 - 54$55Weekend
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 11$35Weekday
Child6 - 11$40Weekend
Senior55 & over$35Weekday
Senior55 & over$40Weekend
Season Pass
Individual Midwest Premier Pass
-$495

China Peak, California

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult20 - 29$58
Adult20 - 29$62Holiday
Adult30 - 64$79
Adult30 - 64$83Holiday
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$32
Child6 - 12$36Holiday
Child13 - 19$53
Child13 - 19$57Holiday
Senior65 - 69$68
Senior65 - 69$73Holiday
Senior70 & over$58
Senior70 & over$62Holiday
Season Pass
2017-2018 Season Pass
-$549

Cloudcroft, New Mexico

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 & over$45
Child17 & under$35
Season Pass-Not applicable

Copper Mountain, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 64$150
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$85
Senior65 & over$98
Season Pass
The Copper Pass
-$469

Coronet Peak, Queenstown

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult-TBA
Child-TBA
Senior-TBA
Season Pass
3 Peak Pass
-649 NZD($454)

Cortina, Japan

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 494000 JPY($35)
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 122400 JPY($21)
Senior50 & over3200 JPY($28)
Season Pass-40000 JPY($355)

Courchevel, France

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 6452 EUR($61)
Child4 & underFree
Child5 - 1241.6 EUR($49)
Senior65 - 7446.8 EUR($55)
Season Pass
3 Vallees Season Pass
-1285 EUR($1,510)

Courmayeur, Italy

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult19 - 6447 EUR($55)
Child7 & underFree
Child8 - 1333 EUR($39)
Child14 - 1841.5 EUR($49)
Senior65 & over41.5 EUR($49)
Season Pass
Courmayeur Ski Resort + Skyway Mont Blanc Season Skipass
-775 EUR($911)

Crested Butte, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 64$120
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 12$66
Child13 - 17$108
Senior65 & over$96
Season Pass
2017/2018 Peak Pass
-$1,169

Crystal Mountain, Michigan

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 59$79
Child6 & underFree
Child7 - 17$69
Senior60 - 79$69
Senior80 & overFree
Season Pass
Premier Pass
-$499

Crystal Mountain Resort WA, Washington

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult16 - 69$80
Child10 & underFree
Child11 - 15$56
Senior70 & over$24
Season Pass
Anytime Pass
-$950

Deer Valley Resort, Utah

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 64$145
Child1 - 4$32
Child5 - 12$93
Senior65 & over$106
Season Pass
Full Season Pass
-$2,685

Devils Head, Wisconsin

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult13 - 59$50Weekday
Adult13 - 59$57Weekend/Holidays
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$45Weekday
Child6 - 12$50Weekend/Holidays
Senior60 & over$45Weekday
Senior60 & over$50Weekend/Holidays
Season Pass
Downhill Unlimited Pass
-$449

Echo Mountain, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult16 - 64$54
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 15$34
Senior65 & over$49
Student-$49
Season Pass
Adult Season Pass
-$249

Edelweiss Valley, Quebec

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult26 - 5438.99 CAD($31)
Child6 & under4.99 CAD($4)
Child7 - 1224.99 CAD($20)
Child13 - 2532.99 CAD($26)
Senior55 - 6932.99 CAD($26)
Senior70 - 7924.99 CAD($20)
Senior80 & over4.99 CAD($4)
Season Pass
2017-2018 Season Pass
-379 CAD($295)

El Colorado, Chile

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult-TBA
Child-TBA
Senior-TBA
Season Pass-Not Available

Eldora, Colorado

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult16 - 64$119
Child5 & under$19
Child6 - 15$69
Senior65 & over$69
Season Pass
Alpine Adult Season Pass
-$599

Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Pennsylvania

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult21 - 64$54Weekday
Adult21 - 64$67Weekend/Holidays
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 12$42Weekday
Child6 - 12$50Weekend/Holidays
Child13 - 20$45Weekday
Child13 - 20$57Weekend/Holidays
Senior65 - 74$45Weekday
Senior65 - 74$57Weekend/Holidays
Senior75 & over$42Weekday
Senior75 & over$50Weekend/Holidays
Season Pass-$925

Enchanted Forest, New Mexico

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult18 - 69$20
Child5 & underFree
Child6 - 17$18
Senior70 & over$5
Season Pass-$225

Falls Creek, Australia

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult-TBA
Child-TBA
Senior-TBA
Season Pass
2018 Season Hero Pass
-1644 AUD($1,296)

Farellones, Chile

CategoryAge restrictionsPrice (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult-TBA

“What we like about the Sunny 700 is that you’re left with a great pair of skis at the end of the day, not just a sore pair of legs,” said Troy Hawks, the resort’s marketing director.

He would not reveal how many of the $700 tickets ($600 for snowboarders) have sold, but said it was in the “double digits” with buyers in Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

“For me to give my son this $700 ticket is kind of an inside joke,” Ms. Belle said. “Sunlight is a local kind of ski resort.”

Sunlight markets itself as an easygoing place for families, and gives local fourth-grade students free season passes.

Seventy-five percent of the terrain is rated as beginner or intermediate, and all 67 trails lead to the lodge, making it difficult for children to get lost.

But to appreciate Sunlight and its tongue-in-cheek ticket price is to understand that the resort has always been overshadowed by Aspen, which sits at the opposite end of the Roaring Fork Valley in western Colorado.

The first ski hill on Compass Mountain, where Sunlight is, opened in 1946 under the name Holiday Hill. That was the same year the Aspen Skiing Company was incorporated.

By the time Sunlight resort opened in 1966, Aspen Skiing Company had acquired Buttermilk Mountain, and the next year it opened Snowmass.

In 1993, the two companies hit simultaneous milestones. Aspen Skiing Company bought Aspen Highlands to create a single four-mountain resort. Sunlight, opened up new territory that added a dozen black and double black diamond trails, including one with a seriously steep 52-degree pitch.

Today, Aspen Snowmass has 5,547 skiable acres served by 41 chairlifts. Sunlight has 680 acres, two double chairs and one triple. Aspen has twice the vertical drop, and its longest run, at 5.3 miles, is twice that of Sunlight’s.

Aspen evolved into a playground for the rich and famous. It is where Ivana Trump, while married to Donald J. Trump, had a public confrontation at the end of 1989 with his then-girlfriend, Marla Maples.

Aspen Skiing Company is even owned by billionaires: the Crown family, which also has stakes in the New York Yankees, the Chicago Bulls and Rockefeller Center, according to Forbes.

Also privately held, a majority of Sunlight is controlled by two families, with a handful of others, mostly local residents, owning the rest. A decade ago, they listed the resort for sale for $50 million but could not find a buyer.

In contrast, the publicly traded Vail Resorts Inc. spent $1.05 billion last year to buy Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, adding to its stable of ski resorts, which also includes Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and eight others in the United States and Australia.

Resigned to the fact that the big boys get most of the attention, Sunlight still could not resist taking a little dig at them with its $700 lift ticket, because, as Mr. Hawks said, “sometimes our voice goes unheard.”

But now, he said, “We offer one of the most affordable ski days as well as the most expensive.”

And the competition? Let’s just say they are not feeling too threatened.

Jeff Hanle, the public relations director for Aspen Snowmass, said, Sunlight’s promotion “is fun and a great way to bring some attention to the smaller unique resorts that are an integral part of the Colorado ski experience.”

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