Aspen Lift Tickets Hit $82


ASPEN, Colo. -- Vail Resort, whose $81 ticket was the highest in the nation last year, had tickets on its Web site that worked out to $83 a day for the period of Dec. 23 to Jan. 6, though Vail spokeswoman Jen Brown said that price had not been finalized.

David Perry, Aspen Resort Senior Vice President, said focusing on single-day ticket was a waste of time because only a few people buy them. As with the airline industry, all sorts of discounts are available for advance purchase.

"How many people walk up to the airport ticket counter and plunk down their credit card and buy a one-way ticket from New York to Denver," he said.

Tickets can be purchased seven days in advance at Aspen for $74. Rates are the same for all four resorts.

For those willing to buy a four-ticket package before the season opens, the cost is $149 or $37.25 a day, he said.

Aspen and Vail are both destination resorts who depend on visitors from other states and outside the United States. Some resorts closer to Denver offer season packages for around $300.

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