Vail police warn against ski pass fraud
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL – The Vail Police Department is once again warning skiers and riders to avoid the temptation of borrowing a ski pass to save on the cost of a lift ticket. The consequences have been known to ruin a day off, a great vacation or even an entire season, Vail police say.
To date, police have seen a reduction in the number of ski pass fraud investigations this season. Only 48 people have been cited for trying to use someone else’s ski pass as of mid-March, compared to 121 citations by this time last year.
The Vail Police Department and Vail Mountain are working together to identify and prosecute fraudulent pass users. Detective Sgt. Christopher Botkins says the weeks leading up to the end of the season are typically the busiest times for ski pass fraud.
“Although we’ve seen a significant reduction in deceptives this year, we expect the number to rise over the next few weeks, which is typical for the end of the season,” he said.
Those suspected of using someone else’s pass are either issued a summons into court and released or arrested, depending on the circumstances. The charge carries a maximum fine of up to $999 and/or 180 days in jail.
“It’s encouraging to see such a reduction in the number of deceptives this year,” said Botkins. “It means all our effort in public education and enforcement last year, and this year, are working.”