3.26.2008

Park Avenue

When Vail announced new season pass rates last week, locals groaned. Not because it was too high (day passes are $95 ... you do the math).

But because it was too low.

Vail's "Epic Pass" will go for $569 and will get you on the hill at five different resorts. Breck, Keystone, Heavenly, Beaver Creek and Vail. No blackouts, no conditions, and no restrictions.

"I don't get it," said one full time Vail resident, who currently pays more than $100,000 for a reserved parking spot near the mountain.

Other parking spots are allegedly going for $250k, and include a ski locker and a changing room.

If you live in a ski town, you know what I mean. Nothing gets people more fired up than the annual debut of next year's season pass rates.

But you also know that nothing is more frustrating than finding a parking spot, even at a tiny little mountain in Vermont.

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