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post #31 of 46
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I agree with you about Killington. The knucklehead factor has really gotten to be an issue. So much so that when I want to bring my wife and kids skiing, I go somewhere else. Maybe I'm just getting soft, but having to watch my back all the time is really getting old. I've almost been hit a number of times by renegade snowboarders and skiers. A friend of mine was seriously injured by a snowboarder a while back. If he hadn't had a helmet on, he would probably be dead. I've ridden the lifts with snowboarders passing around beers they have stuffed in their jackets. So I don't blame you for leaving. This will be my last year there too.

But one of the main reasons I didn't go back to Okemo this year was that they dropped Stratton from their season pass. And the reason? You guessed it, Money. That combination pass was a good value. I was told down at the Stratton season pass office that it wasn't their decision to end their partnership, it was because they couldn't come to an agreement on their pricing policies with Okemo. So Okemo dropped them as a pass option. They didn't, however, drop the price of their season pass though. They just offered one less mountain for the same money. And I see that they've raised the price for a season pass for next year. So the beat goes on. Early pass prices I've seen so far for the Value pass is $719 for Okemo/Sunapee, and $499 for Stratton. Sunapee is a nice option to have, but is it worth the extra $$$? There is some talk that Stratton is going to partner up with Mt Snow, so we'll have to see where that goes.

post #32 of 46

Killington didn't make a half pipe this year??

post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

Wow- never knew this thread was out here.

Upon having our family, we promptly left Killington, where we were ski club members & athletes for years. We settled on Okemo & wish we had done such years ago!

The service is top shelf & far exceeds anything on the east coast! The mtn is groomed to perfection & the lodge is beautiful.

I could never see ourselves returning to the idiot strewn Killington or subjecting our family to lesser levels of service.

The clientele is polite & friendly. Plus I've never seen public intoxication or middle age men dilusionally prancing around in their underwear.

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Okemo certainly checks all the boxes to be a primer eastern resort!

 

Fun post to read.  Let's revive this old thread!

post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post
 

Killington didn't make a half pipe this year??


Was there Friday, went down to the 1/2  pipe area for time this season and no pipe. Very surprised they didn't get one this year, but I heard they used their snow making budget up recovering from the multiple Jan thaws. I have been skiing there a bunch on Fridays and all season the yahoo factor is pretty high on that day. Lots of college age people who can't turn and barely avoid hitting things. Rest of mid week has not been to bad but Fridays are dangerous. I don't do weekends.

post #35 of 46

Okemo has a half pipe. It's not that big this year though. It's no super pipe.

post #36 of 46

I Spent 4 days at Okemo skiing with the family last week and have no complaints about the conditions.  We have kids 10, 8, & 6 so we were on greens to blacks ( no bumps though)  and all trails were in great shape.  We didn't ski the Trees but I did see a couple of "Thin Cover "  signs there . 
 

Would have loved  a bubble on the chairs up to the summit though ( we were at Mt Snow last year) .... Polar Vortex made it a cold and windy trip to the top. 

post #37 of 46
Thread Starter 

Can't really blame them for thin cover in the trees. That's something no one has much control over. Any time I head into the trees, I always assume that it's going to be thin cover. 

But I want to agree with the previous poster about the level of service there. I have never had an issue with the staff or service there, everyone has always been great. It's the tight fisted policies of the ownership that prompted my to start this thread to begin with. I'm not going to re-hash everything I've already been over, but it's not a big secret with the employees or the local business owners that change has been in the wind there now for a while now. It's pretty clear that if the Mueller's are indeed still in charge there, that they have someone holding them accountable, someone that they have to answer to, have to make the bottom line for the quarterly shareholders meetings look good. Just a guess on my part. And their recent season pass policies haven't done anything to make me think that things have changed all that much. As I mentioned before, they have virtually done away with any perks for the season pass holders, to the point where it's almost insulting. Really makes it hard for me to take the money out of my pocket to buy another season pass there. Just leaves a bad taste. But that's one of the reasons I started this thread to begin with. People do notice, and people do talk. Sometimes it takes just that for the message to get through.

post #38 of 46

Here ya go. This might make it easier to take the money out of your pocket.

March 17th till close for $99 at Okemo.

 

2014 Spring Skiesta Card - just $99!

There is no better spring skiing deal than this!

Purchase your Spring Skiesta Card online, or at one of our Resort Services locations, for just $99 and receive unrestricted skiing and riding from March 17, 2014 through the end of the 2013/14 winter season!

 

PLUS - apply the $99 cost of the card toward the purchase of your 2014/15 Okemo season pass, if you purchase that pass before the early-buy April 30, 2014 deadline.

Once purchased, present your Spring Skiesta Card and a valid ID at any Okemo ticket window and receive a lift ticket valid for that day.

  • $99 plus tax
  • Valid for unrestricted skiing and riding from March 17, 2014 through the end of the 2013/14 season.
  • Apply the cost of the card toward your 2014/15 Okemo season pass purchase.

 

https://www.okemo.com/activities/snowsports/ticketing/spring_skiesta.asp

post #39 of 46
Thread Starter 

That does seem like a good deal. Especially since you can apply the cost of the card against the cost of next years season pass. So in effect, you're skiing for the rest of this year on next season's pass. Not bad at all. And I also noticed on their web site that the Value Pass that is blacked out on the holidays (which is the one I usually get) is $679 if you buy it before April 30th, and that also includes Mt Sunapee. Now that's not bad at all. Might make a convert out of me yet. I was actually at Mt Sunapee yesterday with my wife, conditions were very good, considering the ice storm they had a week ago. 

And I know you can quibble about the fact that KIllington gives their Value Pass holders a discount on food. And they also give you two free days that you can use during the holiday period, which is nice. But is that going to be a deal breaker? Probably not.

And as far as the $99 Spring Skiesta Card, I know someone will bring up the fact that Okemo is not known as a Spring skiing mecca. But last year they decided to extend their season for a few weeks, and no one showed up. My wife and I were there the last two weekends that they were open, and it was like a ghost town. We literally had the whole place to ourselves. It was so bad that they finally decided to close a week prior to their announced closing date. And who can blame them. No one can expect them to operate at a loss. They made the effort, and no one took advantage of it. But in a way, they are a victim of their own customer base. The next weekend, all the hardcores were up at Killington, the parking lots were full. In the meantime, all the fair weather skiers had long since put away their skis in favor of the golf clubs. Is that anyone's fault? No, that's just the way it is. But if the Okemo pass appeals to you, you can always head to Killington after they close. Lift tickets are cheap enough at that time of year. 

post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by Mac View Post

Can't really blame them for thin cover in the trees. That's something no one has much control over. Any time I head into the trees, I always assume that it's going to be thin cover. 
But I want to agree with the previous poster about the level of service there. I have never had an issue with the staff or service there, everyone has always been great. It's the tight fisted policies of the ownership that prompted my to start this thread to begin with. I'm not going to re-hash everything I've already been over, but it's not a big secret with the employees or the local business owners that change has been in the wind there now for a while now. It's pretty clear that if the Mueller's are indeed still in charge there, that they have someone holding them accountable, someone that they have to answer to, have to make the bottom line for the quarterly shareholders meetings look good. Just a guess on my part. And their recent season pass policies haven't done anything to make me think that things have changed all that much. As I mentioned before, they have virtually done away with any perks for the season pass holders, to the point where it's almost insulting. Really makes it hard for me to take the money out of my pocket to buy another season pass there. Just leaves a bad taste. But that's one of the reasons I started this thread to begin with. People do notice, and people do talk. Sometimes it takes just that for the message to get through.

Pls expand on the insulting policies, I'm curious!
post #41 of 46
Thread Starter 

This is from a post I made about two years ago. Keep in mind that this is in regard to the Value Pass that I normally get. Perks tend to vary from one type of pass to another:

 

"They have virtually cut out all the perks for the season pass holders. No discounts on food, no discounts on family lift tickets, no complimentary lift tickets, etc. The only deals that they offer require you to spend more money just to get them. And it's true that a lot of the mountains have cut back on the perks that they give. But they have gotten to the point that they are so cheap that it's almost insulting".

post #42 of 46

Just noticed OKEMO no longer has it's Sunday only pass listed on the 14-15 pass price list...

post #43 of 46

Awesome post!

post #44 of 46

It is a superpipe. They were the first in the east to open a superpipe this year.

post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post
 

Okemo has a half pipe. It's not that big this year though. It's no super pipe.

It is a superpipe. They were the first in the east to open a superpipe this year.

post #46 of 46
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Originally Posted by Justin Farrar View Post
 

It is a superpipe. They were the first in the east to open a superpipe this year.

You don't know what a superpipe is or haven't been in this one this year.

Superpipe is 22ft high plus a certain length and slope.

 

This year, Okemo's is maybe 15 feet and that's pushing it .But that's 12 more feet than Killington's pipe.

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