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Mountain News: Colorado passes still less than 10 years ago



I-70 CORRIDOR, Colo. – Prices of season passes are flying higher along the Interstate 70 corridor in Colorado. The pass offered by Vail Resorts, which offers unlimited skiing at Keystone, Breckenridge and A-Basin, plus 10 days at Vail or Beaver Creek, has increased by 11 per cent, while Intrawest’s pass, good at Copper Mountain and Winter Park, increased 11.5 per cent.

But while The Denver Post found somebody willing to complain, the prices would be the envy of most places. The Vail Resorts pass costs only $419, about half what it would have a decade ago, before Winter Park — taking the cue from Idaho’s Bogus Basin — slashed the price of a pass to $200, precipitating the price war.

The Post notes that among the greater beneficiaries of the increased prices are the small operators like Eldora and Loveland, which have few revenue centres other than lift operations. Still, the season pass at Eldora, located west of Boulder, is $86 less than the $475 charged a decade ago.

By comparison, says the Post, the cost of a pass is $1,810 at Jackson Hole, $1,799 at Squaw Valley, $1,150 at Park City, and $1,399 (Cdn) at Whistler.


Aspen trailers now $1 million

ASPEN, Colo. – One of the things that makes Aspen charming is a trailer court called Smuggler Park located just up the hill from the art museum and no more than five minutes (walking!) from downtown Aspen. That park may well hold the world’s first million-dollar trailer.

The Denver Post explains that the owner of the park in 1987 sold the lots for $25,000 to many people who had been renting space. In time, lot-buyers began spiffing up their trailers, in some cases renovating them so completely that, once inside, you probably wouldn’t know it’s a trailer.

The newspaper cites the example of Doug Driscoll, a ski patroller and computer technician, who paid $58,000 for the trailer and space in 1989, then framed the home around the original trailer. He now has a 2,700-square-foot home, but doesn’t know what it’s worth.

But a 1983 Commodore mobile home was sold for $400,000 earlier this year. A 1980 Magnolia mobile home sold for $672,000. Another resident, Scott Lindenau, estimates his home’s market value at $1.2 million to $1.4 million.


Original Vail investor leaves

VAIL, Colo. – Dick Hauserman is leaving Vail at the age of 91, the thinner air of 8,000 feet finally catching up to him, moving to the East Coast.

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