Since Vail Resorts acquired Crested Butte Mountain Resort, we’ve sifted through the changes with pass pricing and how the benefits will actually translate to Elk Mountain Lodge guests. First and foremost, the inclusion with other top resorts in North America and beyond is an amazing benefit if you like skiing in more than one destination per season or if you make multiple trips per year to ski, and or simply if you plan to ski more than 4 days at any one resort!

The catch? You need to plan ahead to receive the benefits of pass pricing discounts otherwise you are subject to daily yielding and window pricing! What does that mean anyway? It simply means that the ‘day of’ pricing is a factor of demand. In other words, the more folks who are skiing that day, or are expected to ski that day, will pay a higher daily rate.

So how do you find the best lift ticket rates?

  • If you plan to ski less than 4 days, then order your lift tickets at least 7 days in advance.
  • If you plan to ski at least 4 days at Crested Butte or any of the EPIC pass resorts then buy your EPIC Pass in advance. The earliest and best pricing usually concludes in early September, then as we get closer to the ski season rates creek up until just on or before the mountains open. For more info visit
  • Crested Butte Locals are purchasing EPIC Local Passes for the most part, but if you plan to ski more often at more resorts, go for the full monty and buy the EPIC Pass outright.
  • Most of our Guests will benefit from the EPIC 4 or 7 Day Passes as they will save you a boat-load.

Bottom line, there are a bunch of pass options for skiers and riders who plan a visit to Crested Butte and remember to act early to save the most!