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What do you do with your old lift tickets?

post #1 of 28
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  The first year  i ever went skiing i just kept adding and adding to a pocket zipper on my jacket i felt as if they were a badge of honor, then realized years later i probably looked like an idiot.. So do you keep your old lift tix in a drawer somewhere where u also have old trail maps, do u throw them out do you only keep memorable places you might never go to again?

post #2 of 28

Yes you looked like an idiot...having said that, I still have every season pass I have ever got....never kept a day ticket thou.

post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post

Yes you looked like an idiot...having said that, I still have every season pass I have ever got....never kept a day ticket thou.


Well gimme some credit though i didnt put it on the zipper that is for the jacket ive seen some of those people out there with the tickets smashing them in the face as they go down the mountain lol.

post #4 of 28

I took a bunch of my old tickets and put them in a picture frame. There's a reasonably large window there (30+ years). Maybe it's not real art but to some it's pretty interesting. At least they're not still on my clothes - something else makes me look like an idiot...

 

Eric

post #5 of 28
I keep the season passes in a box, but tickets get clipped and throw in the trash.
post #6 of 28
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I took a bunch of my old tickets and put them in a picture frame. There's a reasonably large window there (30+ years). Maybe it's not real art but to some it's pretty interesting. At least they're not still on my clothes - something else makes me look like an idiot...

 

Eric

Memories can be better than "art" sometimes.

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  The first year  i ever went skiing i just kept adding and adding to a pocket zipper on my jacket i felt as if they were a badge of honor, then realized years later i probably looked like an idiot.. 

 

You're right; you did. Non-skiers have weird perceptions though. When I used to regularly get day tickets, one of my non-skier friends rather sulkily commented on how obviously I was trying to show off. (huh?!! they're day tickets, I certainly didn't care about them.) Another commented on how I didn't seem to mind having a Blue Mountain ticket hanging off my jacket for a few days, but the moment we got off the local 120' hill I was running to get the scissors. (That was true - I didn't want anyone to think I skied garbage mountain regularly.)

 

Anyway, I recognize how dorky that looks, so I've stepped up my coolness factor by decorating my jackets with instructor certification pins instead. 

 

(I'm joking! Not even 10 seconds after I put my first ever instructor pin on, one of the mountain ops girls stopped me to tell me it was unforgivably uncool to do so.)

post #8 of 28

I keep mine kinda like keeping my old concert ticket stubs.  Leaving them on the jacket only slows down the lift line cause they have to flip through them when checking your ticket at the corral.  Wish I had kept my passes, but last 2 years I didn't get passes, just the resort instructor badge that got turned back in when I moved away.

 

Edit, I don't still have any from when I was a kid..  wish I did.  I just started keeping them back in the late 90s. 


Edited by crgildart - 3/22/13 at 6:07am
post #9 of 28

The only day ticket I've ever kept is from the first time I went to Mad River Glen.  I just have it pinned up to my bulletin board.

post #10 of 28
I grew up in the Poconos and it was cool among the skiers in my school to see who could accumulate the most tickets on their jackets, that was mid-late 80s. I guess it was proof of how many days you skied that year, and you got extra cool pints for ski hills outside of PA, like Hunter, and anything in VT. I don't see kids doing that today though.
post #11 of 28

We keep one lift ticket from every place we've been to, in order to show the kids as they grow up.  It's occurred to me that we have a couple tickets from places that have since shut down, so we may have more in the years to come if things continue to warm up. It's sort of a chronology of our skiing/boarding history as a family.  We also keep our season passes because the kids' photos change as they grow and it's cool to look back at.

 

Either way, the kids get a kick out of seeing the places we've been for memories and mementos and such.

 

My wife also buys a pin from every place we go and puts them in a small display case at home for people to see.

post #12 of 28

When I was 17 and bought my first car I hung all my tickets from the rear view mirror. That got messy.

 

I don't save them anymore. But thankfully I had one in my bag the other day since this time of year the mountains are offering discounts if you bring a competitors ticket to their mountain and buy a daily ticket.

 

I do prefer RFID cards since I can reload online and no ticket purchase necessary at the mountain.

post #13 of 28

I have recently started collecting my tickets/passes. I keep them on a cord. I also started to keep them for my daughter over the last year or so. Last week, I came up with the idea of writing what she had accomplished that day on her ticket. First chairlift, first blue run etc. I figured it would keep the wife off my back for keeping "junk" around the house. Someday I hope to suspend them over my wet bar in my ski house. I guess I need to build a wet bar and of course, get a ski house!

 

 

post #14 of 28

I remember when it was some sort of status symbol to keep a big collection of day tickets on your jacket zipper .............. some +30yrs ago, in Jr high. So much easier today with RFID cards you stick in a jacket pocket and forget. 

post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by eleeski View Post

I took a bunch of my old tickets and put them in a picture frame. There's a reasonably large window there (30+ years). Maybe it's not real art but to some it's pretty interesting. At least they're not still on my clothes - something else makes me look like an idiot...

 

Eric


Thats a cool idea especially if u have a mancave to hang it up on the wall

post #16 of 28

Reading this thread prompted me to go look at what I had managed to save.  I' had been meaning to move them from two long nails that they were hanging on.  Saw two from the 90s, then a bunch of MidAtlantic area ones 2007 to present.  The best ones are the ski wee ones from the kids when they were 4-6 years old.  Gave me a big smile to see them again...  Put them all in a plastic box stashed out by my tuning supply box.  A large frame in a ski house sounds like a good plan.  A friend of mine did that with his concert tickets and backstage passes.  Seeing that was what motivated me to start saving my concert tickets and ski tickets.  When I'm dead my kids will have to rifle through them and see them before throwing them all away hahaha..

post #17 of 28
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 When I'm dead my kids will have to rifle through them and see them before throwing them all away hahaha..

LOLZ!

post #18 of 28
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post #19 of 28

Anyone that cares enough about that to call you an idiot is an idiot. This is the first season I've been in UT and purchased a season pass. Before that I'd buy a lot of day tickets and usually forget to take them off, so I had a bunch hanging off my jacket. Who gives a $#!@? 

 

I try to keep tickets for days that were really good, but they usually get all mixed up in the back of my truck. Many of them are discount tickets, which don't have a date on them, so that would make it pretty hard to keep track of. Eventually they just get thrown away. 

post #20 of 28

I mostly just pitch them.  I do have a box full of trail maps, though.

 

Oddly, my in-town coat has two lift tickets on it.  One is from the day I snuck skiing into a plane change in Salt Lake -- red eye in, all day at Solitude followed by night skiing at Brighton.  Solitude was a RFID in the pocket, so long gone, but Brighton is still there.   That was Mar 22, 2008.  The other is from the last day I wore that coat skiing, April 2008 in Stowe.  Until I just looked, I had forgotten about RFID and I thought I had both the Solitude and Brighton tickets!

 

I did leave a Haloween lift ticket from Loveland on my coat for a long time -- the code word for the day was "Boo" which I got a kick out of. 

post #21 of 28

Back in the '70s, the pull tabs on pop cans came completely off. I made long chains by linking pull tabs together. I hung my lift tickets on the pull tab chains. Now I buy passes and I just stack them on a shelf on my computer desk.

post #22 of 28

Early in my skiing life I started just pitching them. Which is just as well as I have enough of a problem with collecting other crap that I don't need a bunch of tickets and passes as well. Although, eleeski's idea of framing a bunch is pretty cool. I have one pass I've kept kicking around from 89 or 90, when I went to Steamboat with a bunch of buddies in high school. I kept it mainly because it had my photo on it and the Canadian places I skied at around that time didn't.

post #23 of 28

They keep getting put on top of each other on the wire thingy and then get tossed out when I am going to wear that jacket out in public. 

post #24 of 28

I take the scissors to mine as soon as I get home.

post #25 of 28

On the rare occasions I have a day pass, they typically don't even make it back into the lodge at the end of the day. I cut them off as I'm walking into the lodge, and pitch them into the trash by the door. That way I don't forget them, and I'm not tempted to change my mind and sneak in "one last run", which inevitably ends in disaster.

post #26 of 28

Back when I was a teen and had a season pass to the local hill I frowned on lift tickets hanging from jackets as some kind of gaper scarlet letter.  Only the tourons thought it was cool to have a cluster of lift tickets hanging on the jacket was what the cool kids thought. 

post #27 of 28

Some mountains like Stowe have rechargeable cards that you leave in your pocket so no more ticket hanging off your jacket.

 

I have only saved two tickets in my life. In the same year I skied at Killington on Halloween to start then to end the season on June 4th. It was the largest stretch of days I have ever done when Killington was going for the longest opening records in the 90's.

post #28 of 28

I have been saving the ones that mean something (to me) with the intention of framing them or doing something cool (to me) along those lines. Right now they are in a drawer on my tuning bench. When we finish the basement, install the wetbar, and frame the trailmaps, THEN I'll do something with the day passes . . . maybe.

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