I religiously did a ski/snowboard trip out west every year, or twice a year from ~2009 to 2020. Usually go with the same group every year and I'm the one responsible for organizing it, and last time we went was the week before SHTF with COVID in 2020. I'm now planning to go back and I just have to say... What the hell happened to lift ticket prices? We used to go to breck, steamboat, Whistler, keystone, ... and I'd never pay over 150$ on the very high side for a ticket and that was usually the window price, less expensive if purchased in advance. Normally if you buy a few days at a time it'd be ~100ish assuming not peak time like xmas. Now it seems like $200 a day (for 5 days) is about as low a price as you can get. Is there a new way to buy lift tickets that are cheaper, or is this just the new normal? Did everyone move to those EPIC/IKON passes or something? I feel like I must be missing something. But sadly if I can't get the price down it's going to chop the group down to a fraction of its size. ... And before I bother checking lodging prices I think I'm going to run out to the plane and grab a god damn air sickness bag Those were already expensive before and I can't imagine those have gone down. Any cost saving tips on tix or lodging would be appreciated (assuming a Colorado location).