It was bound to happen, but as a late Christmas surprise for day skiers? Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas will charge $108 for a single-day, walk-up lift ticket during the week after Christmas, the first resorts to demand in excess of $100 to enjoy the privilege of skiing on their slopes for a single day.
Breckenridge, which is also owned by Vail Resorts, will charge $104 for a one-day pass bought at the ticket window. The prices, which start Dec. 26 and run through Jan. 1, are for what is typically the busiest week of the ski season. The walk-up lift-ticket price at Vail and Beaver Creek will drop to $102 on Jan. 2 and to $99 at Breckenridge.
Last year, the Christmastime lift ticket offered by Vail was $98, the highest-priced single-day lift ticket in the country. Right now, the walk-up rate at Vail and Beaver Creek is $99. At Breckenridge, it is $94.
Aspen and Telluride ski areas are offering peak-season lift tickets this year for $99 and $98 respectively, up a few dollars from the previous season.
Tickets purchased a week in advance at Breckenridge go for $94 a day.