new lift rates
Season passes to
day tickets $65
2002-2003 lift rates (peak season)
Pass: $1,795 (discounted $100 prior to Oct. 20)
Alpine/Nordic pass: $1,950 (discounted $100 prior to Oct. 20)
Student season pass: $340
20/20 pass: $795 (discounted $100 prior to Oct. 20)
Dollar adult season pass: $150
Dollar child season pass: $75
Season discount card: $150 (not available after Dec. 22)
Weekend discount card: $55 (first), $25 (second in family), $15
(third in family)
One day discount: $45
Half day discount: $35
Student discount card: $10
Student day discount: $20
Student half day discount: $15
One peak season day: $65 (adult) $36 (child)
Half peak season day: $48 (adult) $29 (child)
Express Staff Writer
of snow in the mountains last weekend coincided fittingly with the
release of Sun Valley’s 2002-2003 lift ticket rates, which are
continuing to march to the beat of inflation.
winter, season passes will cost $1,795, $45 more than last winter, and
full-day, peak-season lift tickets will cost $65, $2 more than last
new and more affordable alternative, the 20/20 pass, which offers 20
days of skiing during the winter peak season and 20 days during the
early and late off-seasons, will cost $795, $100 more than last year,
which is a 12.6 percent jump.
those who purchase season passes or 20/20 passes before Oct. 20 will
receive $100 discounts.
the big increase, the 20/20 is a remarkably good deal compared with Sun
Valley’s other offerings. For someone skiing 40 days at $795, the
per-day price is $19.88. That price drops to $17.38 per day if a 20/20
is purchased prior to Oct. 20.
full-priced season pass, a person must ski 100 days to bring the per-day
cost down to $17.95.
Valley marketing and public relations manager Jack Sibbach pointed out
that many season pass holders are actually paying for the flexibility a
season pass offers.
just as much the convenience as it is the skier days for most
people," he said. "One person skied last year every single
day. Some season pass people go up there 20 or 30 days. Some people go
up for an hour or two over lunchtime. I think a real selling point is
the sake of comparison, consider that a season pass in 1980 cost $650. A
60-day season would translate to $10.83 per day of skiing. This winter,
a 60-day season will cost $29.92 per day.
season pass inflation has been very consistent, averaging 4.8 percent
per year over the last 26 seasons. During those 26 years, the inflation
peaked at 11.5 percent in 1982 and bottomed out at zero percent for two
seasons in a row in 1986 and 1987.
lift ticket prices rose at an average of 6.7 percent during the same
time, peaking at 20 percent in 1979, and bottoming out at zero percent
said all the number crunching and figure balancing is a process he is
not privy to, but he added that one of the concerns this year is to
maintain season pass numbers while selling more 20/20 passes.
year, about 1,100 people purchased 20/20 passes.
did seem to take away about 300 season pass holders," Sibbach said.
"Season pass numbers had held steady in years prior. But, yea, we
feel like it is still worth doing this program.
trying to balance it, so it doesn’t take away from another program and
is still attractive for someone to buy."
ski ticket prices generally match general cost-of-living inflation at
about 3 percent annually, National Ski Areas Association communications
director Stacy Stoutenberg said.
pointed out some exceptions, however, where ski areas are offering
relatively affordable pass options.
new trend of the last four or five years is this thing where you can get
these buddy passes or pre-season passes for about $300," she said.
Bogus Basin is an example. There, skiers can take advantage of a variety
of ski packages, ranging from $199 to $299, and early season pass
purchases cost $199.
also pointed out that the NSAA has created a model with which to promote
growth in an industry that has stagnated. One key component is to
attract and retain young skiers and snowboarders.
Valley’s rates mirror this movement. Blaine County students can obtain
season passes for $340, and a special promotion good from Nov. 27
through Dec. 17, Jan. 4 through Jan. 31 and March 15 through the end of
the season allows one child per parent under the age of 15 to stay and
ski for free, so long as mom and dad are renting a room or condominium.
Stoutenberg said, the ski industry still faces a lot of obstacles.
the conversion rate of people who go from never-evers to continuing with
the sport is about 15 percent," she said.