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I'm happy with my $50 Tahoe Card purchase

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Oh sure it came with free tickets to China Peak, Dodge Ridge, Kirkwood and Alpine Meadows (about $240 worth)

 

....but also upon visiting the San Fran Ski fest this weekend, I gained second tickets to China Peak and Dodge Ridge($120)...gained 1 ticket to Bear Valley ($60)(want to go there on pow day), gained (2) 2 for 1 tickets to Red Mountain, CA ($60) (3 hours from my family in Spokane), and at the Matchstick La Nina premier that night, for $15 more dollars, gained a Sugar Bowl Ticket.  ($60)

 

So all in all, I got about $540 worth of tickets for $65 plus split expenses of driving to SFO for a weekend.

post #2 of 6

Nicely done!

post #3 of 6

The deals are really good, and we are still offering tickets for the Santa Clara Skifest in the Auctions and Online Special Events forum.

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It's a good deal if you can use the tickets.

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Oh yeah and a Smith Holt Helmet for $50 and $7 Ski Socks.

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I did the same thing.  The festival tickets have to be used by the holidays, but some of the Tahoe Card tickets go to the end of the season.  Tahoe snobs forget that smaller areas like Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge are empty mid-week, and a powder day is still a powder day regardless of the size of the mountain.  Those two areas are a quick drive from the East Bay, and my kids love the idea of taking a sick day from school to visit "Dr. Snow."

 

Now you will have to get a Descente Passport jacket and pick up a bunch more free lift tickets for the larger mountains...and then sell the jacket for $175 on eBay at the end of the season!  You only need to use two of the passport tickets at a larger area ($80-$95 ticket values) and you are beyond break even after selling the jacket.  Use six tickets (e.g., three here and three in UT) and the $300 price tag for the jacket starts to look very reasonable. I'm the kind of guy that will buy a jacket from The North Face salesman's sample sale and keep it forever, but I'll pay retail for a  Descente if I can get seven or eight free tickets this season.

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