By Matt Myers
The issue here is one of poor assumptions. When people think of a half day ticket, they assume that they're half price or maybe just a little more than half price. This is hardly the case.
The biggest full day : half day discount is the Aspen/Snowmass/Buttermilk/Aspen Highlands ticket at 29% off their adult full day price. But they have a lot of room to give in an already hefty $119/day.
The worst going is Winter Park, where half day lift tickets are $99 this week, which is only 9% off their $109 full day price. Not a great deal there.
So we called around to all of the resorts (or went online for those who were hard to get in touch with), and got the window rate for Adult One Day Passes and Adult Half Day passes for Wednesday January 29. The results are posted in the grid below. Keep in mind that prices change daily, so this table—while accurate today—is likely to be a couple dollars off either direction, depending on when you get to the window.
But, as we will discuss after the table below, you don't want to find yourself in the half day market anyway.
|Ski Resort||Window Rate||Half Day||Percent Off||Time Available|
* Offer 1/4 day passes starting at 200p
** Price includes their 4% mountain tax
*** 1/2 days seem to be available only on Sundays, but we couldn't get a hold of anyone to confirm. But if you want to hear something pretty funny, call their ticket office after hours. You'll love the recording: 970-259-3711
**** Offer morning and afternoon 1/2 days plus 1/4 days
***** Offer 1/2 days for both morning and afternoon
The biggest decision-making error occurs within an hour of 1/2 day passes going on sale. Let's say it's 11:30, and you think if you just wait another hour, you can save $15 bucks. Here are just some of the many reasons why this is dumb:
Pretty straightforward and obvious, but since we are already having this discussion, it seems like we just need to say it:
Hopefully, these tips will help you to make the best decisions with your time on our glorious mountains. But fear not if you ski and ride in another state. Our serious wisdom will travel to you across state lines and international waters.