Main Content

Lift Ticket Tax Proposal

Published: August 21, 2015

Lift Ticket Tax Proposal

The Town of Breckenridge has proposed to add an admissions tax, also referred to as a lift ticket tax, to all season passes and lift tickets in upcoming seasons. Vail Resorts and the Town of Breckenridge have not been able to reach any final negotiations regarding the new tax addition. The proposal will be on this November’s ballot and local residents will be in charge of making any final decisions.

Currently, Colorado ski areas do not pay sales tax on lift tickets. Select resort communities have added the admissions tax to pull in another source of revenue to the mountain town. The Town of Vail has had a longstanding arrangement with Vail Mountain for that allows the town to generate funding for parking and transit improvements.

The Town of Breckenridge hopes to reach a similar agreement to support parking improvements for locals and visitors within the town. According to Vail Resorts representatives, the price of season passes should not be affected by the lift ticket tax proposal.

Customers purchasing the passes will not see the lift ticket tax as a separate line item, rather Vail Resorts will pay a percent tax dividend on all lift revenue to the town after the winter season comes to a close. The official tax collection process will not be determined until after the vote has been calculated from the November ballet.

The Town of Vail is currently generating a 4 percent admissions tax on all lift ticket and season pass sales. Originally, Breckenridge asked Vail Resorts for a comparable lift ticket tax. After failing to reach an agreement, the Town of Breckenridge has made the decision to implement a 4.5 percent tax to meet a similar tax paid by all businesses located within the town.

Purchase your season passes through September 7th to save over 35 percent compared to daily lift ticket prices. Use the season pass on only four days this season to experience these great savings!


Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)