I'm just trying to figure out my options... and weigh the budget options. I doubt I'll make the jump at one the early discounted passes, unless someone knows about deal or a perk that I might not. Ideally, I'd like to get out about 8-10 times at the local hill so again, the season pass might not be the best value.
This year it was just me and my 5 year old so buying one Sunday night Holiday Valley pass did the trick. Next year, he'll be 6. As well, my wife and 4 year old daughter will be tossed in the mix, so that means 3 passes.
I'm not committed to any resort, but Holiday Valley is probably the #1 choice. Bristol is actually my fav, but its a bit further, and the rest of the family doesn't need the vert. Kissing Bridge would be a higher option, but the snowmaking is behind the times and the season is too short. I don't know anything about Swain, but if it had the right deal or perks it might be something to consider.
Option #1- As I mentioned, a full season pass is probably going to be too much $$$. The only thing that could sway me is the "reciprocal benefits" for tickets at other resorts. The websites aren't clear on the resorts, or the ticket prices are. I'm hoping we could get in a week of skiing at a big mountain during spring break, so if my local pass could get me free or highly discounted passes, it might make the full pass a greater value.
Option #2- 3 Sunday night passes at HV... or a White Card... or something similar at another resort?
Option #3- Finding coupons / deals offered by the resorts. The Saturday/Sunday family value pass at Bristol is a good deal. Are there any other good deals like that, or coupons?
Anyhow, if there are any area skiers that could provide input, especially on the reciprocal benefits the resorts have, I'd like to hear about them.