We buy four season passes to our local hill - Greek Peak - in central NY @ 329 a pop. That's the pre-season best deal you can get (have to buy before Apr 15 for next season).
No deals for kids. None. College kids can get a break.
We've been getting passes for at least 12 years - prob 14. And at this point it's going to be a tough decision to pony up for next season. We have no snow yet, temps aren't going to be cold enough for snowmaking until this weekend - then marginal at best.
But worse than this is that Greek Peak spent something like $40M to build an indoor waterpark, a big lodge, and an "adventure center" int eh past few years. They've done extremely little in the way of on hill improvements. They scrimp on snowmaking. They close off anything that's not an "official" trail - i.e. - roping off lots of little woods runs. They place is not run by people who ski, and it shows.
Last year they filed chapt 11. Their primary lender failed and was taken over by the FDIC. Given the outlook for this year my opinion is they will not survive with the current owners - eitehr they will shut down mid season to stop losing money, or there's a possibility that another ski resort will make a deal with the feds to buy out the debt at firesale prices. THe gov doesn't want to own this place, but a well run resort company could come in and make it work - improve it for skiers, market it better.
In the face of all that, it will be an extremely difficult decision to toss up 1,300 next year - when we coudl use that for a nice family trip up to VT, or toward a trip west.
There are MANY others there in this same position. If this warm wet season doesn't put them under this year, lack of season pass sales will next.