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What does your local Mountain do to encourage new skiers?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

In my neck of the woods, I think Loveland does the most to make it more affordable for new skiers including the following:

 

 

3-Class Pass for Adults

Beginner Adults: "NEW THIS SEASON!" 
The 3-Class Pass for adult beginners is now available for Pre-Purchase! The Pre-Purchased Package includes 1 Newcommer and two Master the Mountain lesson packages. Start out with the All-Day Newcomer lesson and at the end of your first day you recieve a "Loveland Valley Only" pass good at Chair 7 and Chair 3. Now you have time to practice what you've learned untill your ready for your next lesson. Upon completion of your third lesson you recieve a full, unrestricted Loveland Season Pass! Lesson packages include lesson, all day lift ticket and equipment rental. Walk in customers can also participate in this pre-purcase program. Or use the pay as you go option,without the "Loveland Valley Only" pass.

PRE-PURCHASE PRICE - $285  

 

 

3-Class Pass For Kids

All children (ages 4-14) regardless of ability, who complete 3 full day lesson packages, receive a FREEUNRESTRICTED season pass to keep practicing their skiing or snowboarding skills for the rest of the season.

Children's full day lesson packages include lesson, lift ticket, rentals (ski or snowboard) and lunch.  Full day lessons are from 10am through 3:30pm daily.  Register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am.

Pre-purchase price:    $297 for ages 6-14 skiers & snowboarders

                                   $327 for ages 4-5 skiers

                                   (4-5 yr old program includes early drop off begining at 8:15am) 

 


What does your mountain do?


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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post



I think you are missing the point. I'm not saying I can't afford it. As I mention over and over, with the current season pass situation in Colorado, skiing in cheaper now than it has ever been in my lifetime. I can certainly justify it, even with my not terribly affluent/solidly middle class income.

 

My concern, which some in this thread seem to be missing, is that the costs for a first timer, the costs have never been higher, and that does not bode well for skiers entering the sport, which seems to be supported by the demographics.

 

The last 20 years of skiing have been noted by a mad crush to consolidate and expand. I think that already becomes dicey when American demographics in general point to a decline in people that are even physically able to participate in active sports like skiing- we face a social security crisis because the American birth rate has slowed, so there are less working age folks to support the now-retiring boomers. 

 

I would expect this to hurt resort profits over the next 10-20 years. God bless the retirement age folks than can still tear up mountains, but they are the minority. As America continues to age, there are less people capable of skiing.

 

I would think the correct long-term view on this would be to do EVERYTHING to make the sport accessible to new skiers, knowing that the industry needs them to not collapse in 10/20 years.

 

But I don't see that. I see ski area pricing adding a barrier to entry rather than encouragement.

 

 

post #2 of 15

We had something like this last year, but I can't find it this year.  I see the the "first timers" thing is not available to those who had season passes in the past.  I know when I saw the program I was referring to last year I thought WHAT A DEAL and as I recall I also thought, hey, that's cheaper than what I paid.  Maybe there were "issues" with policing the never ever status...

post #3 of 15

$48 gets you a lesson, beginner lift and rental for the day.

 

I like what Loveland is doing though.

post #4 of 15

Why do you want to encourage them? Too many people on the hill as it is.....eek.gif

post #5 of 15

That's a pretty unenlightened statement.  Ski areas can't survive unless they continue to draw customers.  I will agree that there are too many idiots on the hill but ski areas have got to groom the next generation.

post #6 of 15

I think there is another thread about this last comment 

"is the lift ticket pricing killing the sport" If you don't want to get new people into the sport I guess we can just divide the increasing costs of operating the mountains by a diminishing number of us still skiing ? Eventually when the lift ticket equals heli-skiing the slopes will be equally body free.  

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

Why do you want to encourage them? Too many people on the hill as it is.....eek.gif



You must just be in the wrong place or at the wrong time.

 

5" new on a 54" base today, sunbreaks, 6 chairs running and less than 100 cars.

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by iWill View PostYou must just be in the wrong place or at the wrong time.

 

5" new on a 54" base today, sunbreaks, 6 chairs running and less than 100 cars.

I don't mean today, just in general

I never ski anytime but mid week....

 

we have no snow here....WROD don't count

 

post #9 of 15

 

Ski or Ride in 5

$199

 

This innovative lesson program launched in 2009 designed for those “never-evers” who have not had previous experiences trying to learn to ski or snowboard.  The Ski or Ride in 5 program offers candidates who are committed to becoming a skier orsnowboarder this year by committing to a 5 visit program that includes;

  • 5 lesson packages with a ski or snowboard rental and Learning Zone beginner lift ticket
  • Reserved close-in parking privileges in the Sunrise Lodge lot
  • Ski or snowboard instruction by one of Mt. Bachelor’s hand-picked instructors based on their communication skills and overall success rate of coaching beginners
  • Once you complete the program you will be rewarded with ‘Graduation Presents’ including a pass product outlined below good for the rest of this season and discounts on full season passes for two more years!

 

  • Youth (6-12) FREE Season Pass
    Teen (13-18) FREE Season Pass
    Young Adult (19-23) FREE 12-Day Pass
    Adult (24-64) FREE 12-Day Pass
    Senior (65 & up) FREE 12-Day Pass

    Other Graduation Benefits include:  

    • 50% off next year’s 2012/13 full season pass purchase.
    • 25% off their 2013/2014 full season pass purchase (must have purchased a 2012/13 pass).
post #10 of 15

in British Columbia we have a program where schools will take kids in the 5th grade to local mountains for free for about 5-6 days a season. 5th graders can also get free lift tickets on their own at many hills. And almost all areas have an first timer entry program that will include rentals. lift tickets and lessons for less than the cost of a normal ticket rate.   

post #11 of 15

These deals work. Last spring my snowboarding son needed a ride to the hill. I wanted something to do out there, so I found out I could get a ski rental package, a lift ticket and a lesson, all for $29. I bought it, had a great time, and went back. Now I'm a very mature beginner, with my own gear and a season pass. If only this rain would turn to snow...frown.gif

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by iWill View Post

$48 gets you a lesson, beginner lift and rental for the day.

 

I like what Loveland is doing though.



Where is that?

 

post #13 of 15

MISSION RIDGE - Wenatchee,  Washington  -  320 dollars will buy you a season pass, 3 lessons (very productive), and full year of equipment rentals. 

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by nathanvg View Post



Where is that?

 



Mt. Baker

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by iWill View Post

$48 gets you a lesson, beginner lift and rental for the day.

 

I like what Loveland is doing though.



 



Quote:
Originally Posted by iWill View Post



Mt. Baker

Loveland is a good deal if you KNOW you want to give skiing/boarding a legit try, but I think the Baker model is pretty good too as it does not require as much of a commitment for a first timer.  
 

 

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