nah, this happens to me every year. i think you have to have a 13/14 pass to use it for this summer.
to OP, yeah, I have had a chairs pass for like 4 years and I like it. I hate riding the tram personally, I would rather keep my skis on. also, i always seem to get sort of sick when there's a million people packed in and it starts waving back n forth, i feel like i'm gonna vomit for some reason hahah. I love sticking to the gad 2 area the most anyways, and yeah, you can get to the cirque with other lifts. but if you wanna be the first riding the cirque on a pow day, then you need a tram pass.