Vail lift tickets hold at $97

Aspen at $96 for pass; Steamboat, Telluride charge $95

— Like Aspen, Vail decided this wasn’t the year to flirt with a $100 single-day lift ticket.

And Steamboat Ski Area backed off a plan to increase its single-day tickets to $97.

Vail is charging $97 during the holiday season, the same as last season. Aspen Skiing Co. disclosed Dec. 19 that it would keep its peak-season lift ticket price at $96.

Both resorts offer customers opportunities to purchase tickets at discounted rates. During the holidays, Aspen is selling a four-day adult lift ticket for $348, or $87 per day, for example. Vail is charging $356, or $89 per day for the four-day adult ticket.

The highest prices are paid for customers who must buy a single-day, walk-up rate.

Aspen Skiing Co. is adding a $5 refundable fee to lift ticket prices this season. It went paperless, shifting to a ticket that can be scanned by its new radio-frequency gates.

Customers can keep the tickets and reuse them later this season or in future seasons. Or they can turn them in and get the $5 refund.

The $5 fee is the same whether a single-day or multi-day ticket is purchased.

Aspen and Vail have traditionally had the highest lift ticket prices, but they were challenged by Steamboat this year. Steamboat Ski Area is charging $95 per day from now until the second-to-last week of the ski season. The per-day cost to ski at Steamboat is the same whether a skier purchases a single-, two-, three-, four- or five-day ticket.

Steamboat charged $91 last season.

Many resorts opted to keep their prices the same as last season at a time when shoppers, even the wealthy, are seeking bargains and discounts.

Telluride kept its peak lift ticket price at $95, the same as last season. Stowe, Vt., is sticking to $89.

Like Steamboat, Deer Valley, Utah, increased its lift ticket price this year, going from $86 to $90.

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