The increased number of people remaining healthy and active into their 60s and 70s has caused rethinking of senior pass prices at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. There is no longer a silver pass for ages 62 to 69 or a golden pass for those 70 and older. Now there will be one senior pass, for those 65 and older, and it costs $399 if purchased by April 30.
The price is $509 through Sept. 15 and will be $609 starting Sept. 16 through the 2012-2013 season, explained a ski area spokeswoman. Previously, the silver pass was $349 at the early-bird pricing; the golden pass for ages 70 and older had cost only $149 at early-bird pricing.
Current silver pass holders ages 62 to 64 can be “grandfathered” into the senior pricing structure if they renew their season pass for the 2012-2013 season. Even though they are not yet 65, if they are a current silver pass holder they will be offered the senior pass rate.
The new pricing and pass structure will go into effect for the 2012-2013 ski season. For comparison, an unlimited pass to Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin, known as the “Epic Pass,” can be purchased at the early-season price of $369 for seniors 65 and older. And at Wolf Creek, seniors 65 and older may take turns all season long for $246 if a season pass is purchased before Oct. 1.
According to industry experts, skiers ages 66 and older average between 10 and 11 days per year at ski resorts in Colorado. The 56 to 65 demographic averages between eight and nine times a year. And that compares with only five to six times a year average for all skiers 46 and younger.
And is not just improved health that allows seniors to continue enjoying the sport. Mountain grooming and new technology have also contributed to the accessibility of skiing for seniors.