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.