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Where to get a season pass in the Northeast?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for a season pass for next year near Saratoga Springs, NY.  I'd prefer Gore, but I'm concerned that the Verizon cellphone service is marginal, and I don't know if there is Verizon 3G there either.  Does anyone know if there is 3G at Gore, and if not, is there good Verizon cell and 3G coverage at Killington or Pico?

 

BK

post #2 of 15

Ummmm.....isn't one of the reasons to go skiing to get away from things like cell phones?

post #3 of 15

I was at Pico late this year and had very spotty coverage with ATT. I know the base areas at Killington are OK, haven't tried on the mountains.

post #4 of 15

OK, I need to know how coverage is determinant of where to ski.   Anyway, when I had Verizon, I could get a good signal right outside the lodge and anywhere on the hill higher than the third lift tower.    Why drive farther and pay more?

 

 

post #5 of 15

I ski primarily at Killington have Verizon. It works everywhere except at the base of Bear Mt. I have no problem on the access road or anywhere between Rutland and the Skyship gondola on Rt.4

 

If you choose not to get a season pass check out the Onondaga Ski Club - Syracuse, NY(http://www.onondagaskiclub.org/members/onondagaskiclub) As a member you can get discount ski tickets to many Eastern resorts including Killington, Sugarbush, Mt.Snow. This past season Killington tickets with no blackout dates were $55. They also have  a ski house approx. 20 minutes from Sugarbush with very reasonable rates for nightly stays.

 

Falcon_O aka Charlie

post #6 of 15

Interesting reason to choose a ski area.  I'm not a techie.  I have a relatively recent model verizon blackberry that I'm pretty sure is 3g (whatever that means).  The cel service is sporadic at Gore.  I don't regularly text or surf the net on my phone.  I can send and receive e-mails, with some delay.  Our locker is under the pub, if I stand near the window, I can usually get 2-3 bars on my phone at that location--enough to make a quick call or send/receive e-mail.  I don't usually bother trying my phone while skiing at Gore, and I often leave it in the car or in the locker.

 

Not sure if that helps.

 

STE

 

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

 

I'm not too concerned about cell service. The service at Gore is pretty marginal, but if I can get reasonable 3G service no one has to know I'm out of the office.  Does 3G work off the same signal as cell phone service?

Gore is my first choice, assuming I can get service.  Killington is too far.  Jiminy is a little too far as well.  West Mountain is another possibility, but it's too small. 

 

BK

 

 

 

 

post #8 of 15

There is a very good WiFi setup at Gore in the lodge, but you might have to pay something.  I've seen people doing work-work.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by TeddyO View Post

There is a very good WiFi setup at Gore in the lodge, but you might have to pay something.  I've seen people doing work-work.


If there's wifi in the lodge, Gore will be my new winter office.

 

BK

 

post #10 of 15

From my GPS mapping utility - Saratoga Springs to Gore is 52 miles / 58 minute driving time. Killington is 85 miles / 1.42 driving time. Much better skiing for 45 minutes more on the road.

 

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  Killington is too far.  Jiminy is a little too far as well.  West Mountain is another possibility, but it's too small. 

 

BK

 

 

 

 



 

post #11 of 15

Cell Service at a particular place is dynamic, and will change - generally improving over time. At times you will find that the Coverage and Capacity offered by your Wireless Service Provider are not up to your expectation. The good news is that they are always working to improve based on the the continual network metrics they collect every day, and also from your feedback as a subscriber.

 

Make your season pass decision on where you like the terrain and the overall skiing experience!

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Falcon

Google maps shows Killington 57 minutes farther than Gore (which matches my actual times), with more opportunities for traffic delays.  That's like 2 extra hours driving time every day, which is a lot to do on a work day.  I like Gore better as well, but maybe if  I knew Killington better I would change my mind.

 

Chris

This is really all about skiing on a work day.  It's really important for me to have good broadband.

 

BK

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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post

 

Chris

This is really all about skiing on a work day.  It's really important for me to have good broadband.

 

BK


Gotcha, a short term decision for next season.

 

Keep in mind that cellular network expansion build plans for 2011 are in the works now as this is the time of the year that building infrastructure in snow country occurs, and you're trying to predict service for the winter of 2011/12. Also, if you're there on week days you generally won't see the network congestion (capacity) issues and what seems like coverage shrinkage that weekend users see when the crowds are there - so don't be clouded by anecdotal weekend reports of poor service as it may well be acceptable to you on week days. Finally, the bigger resorts are going to be targeted sooner for coverage/capacity improvement by wireless companies than the smaller ones...
 

 

post #14 of 15

Bode,

 

For a day trip I agree the extra driving time is significant. I assumed you would be coming for a weekend. That being said Kilington has a great mix of trails and - hard to believe - excellent glade skiing. Knowing how to ski opposite the normal traffic flow makes a huge difference in enjoyment. I go most weekends from Rochester, NY (356,000 miles on my 98 Durango) and if you would like to do a day trip sometime next winter when I am there I would be happy to show you the Kropes. Also, I can get discount lift tickets via the Onondaga Ski Club.

 

F_O
 


 

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Falcon

Google maps shows Killington 57 minutes farther than Gore (which matches my actual times), with more opportunities for traffic delays.  That's like 2 extra hours driving time every day, which is a lot to do on a work day.  I like Gore better as well, but maybe if  I knew Killington better I would change my mind.

 

 

BK



 

post #15 of 15

Price is right, you like the mountain and it's close - seems like the way to go.  I understand the work/ski thing.  I need to have good service so I can manage the important calls on a "same day basis".  The cell phone gives me many extra days on the hill.

 

What about the combo at Whiteface.  That looks like a good deal, too.

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