Lift tickets at Vail will top Aspen prices |

Lift tickets at Vail will top Aspen prices

VAIL ” Vail will charge more than Aspen for a lift ticket once the busy holiday period rolls around.

Aspen Skiing Co. already has announced it plans to charge $87 as the walk-up price at its ticket offices during high season this winter. That is an increase of $5 from last winter’s top price. A ticket is good at Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk.

Last year, Vail topped out at $85 at peak season compared to $82 for Aspen.

Vail and Beaver Creek haven’t announced yet what their walk-up price will be during Christmas and New Year’s, but the resort’s website hints at the direction the company is going.

Vail and Beaver Creek are offering three-of-five day lift tickets for $267 between Dec. 23 and Jan. 5 to customers who sign up for its Peaks Program. That breaks down to $89 per day.

Multi-day lift tickets for four, five, six and seven days of skiing are all offered at a price that translates into $89 per day during the holidays.

The walk-up rate at the ticket offices are usually slightly higher.

Peaks is a free membership program that essentially lets customers order tickets in advance and avoid lines at ticket offices. Members can earn points for free lift tickets and lessons. The program is good at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly.

Vail’s website said the walk-up window rates for the holiday period aren’t available at this time for unspecified reasons. A ticket agent said those prices probably won’t be announced until Dec. 17 or later.

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