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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.

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Joe- Bristol has their early buy program in effect now through April 13th:http://www.bristolmt.com/season-passes2. I always sign up for the 6 month plan as it spreads the payments out with no interest.

 

Last I knew they had a reciprocal with Holiday Valley. Half price during the week and $10.00 off on Saturday. Kids 7 and under are free at Bristol. You can look at Swain, but if you're used to HV and Bristol, it's a downgrade (although probably cheaper).

 

You can always write the big check and join Holimont.............

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Joe- Bristol has their early buy program in effect now through April 13th:http://www.bristolmt.com/season-passes2. I always sign up for the 6 month plan as it spreads the payments out with no interest.

 

Last I knew they had a reciprocal with Holiday Valley. Half price during the week and $10.00 off on Saturday. Kids 7 and under are free at Bristol. You can look at Swain, but if you're used to HV and Bristol, it's a downgrade (although probably cheaper).

 

You can always write the big check and join Holimont.............

 

Thanks John.  

 

Are there any "big" mountain reciprocals?  Like Whiteface, Gore, or somewhere in VT or even CO (all places I'm considering taking the family).

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They used to belong to a "Mountains of Distinction" group which included Jay, Sunapee, Okemo, and Crested Butte. Not sure if it still exists-I'll be down there tomorrow and check on it for you. Haven't been in a few years, but we used to ski Jay for $28-$30 or so.

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Joe-Looks like the MOD program is effect for next year. Here's a link to the site and you can click on the list of resorts.Crested Butte is listed also. Hope this helps............http://www.getskiing.net/index.asp

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Forgot to add-50% off on weekdays, $15.00 off on weekends and holidays at participating resorts. Not a bad deal..........

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Forgot to add-50% off on weekdays, $15.00 off on weekends and holidays at participating resorts. Not a bad deal..........

Thanks a lot John.  

 

That's a great deal... unfortunately since we'll optimistically be skiing about 10 times or so, and the reciprocal big mountains (Jay, Okemo, Crested Butte) listed aren't high on our list, a Bristol pass might be a little on the high side still.  If I lived closer and could get out 15-20 times, I'd have to do it.  

 

Edit: Wanted to mention, you are a credit to the resort ambassador program.  Over the years I've posted several questions about Bristol and you've always been quick to chime in. icon14.gif


Edited by JoeSchmoe - 3/28/13 at 8:28pm
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Thanks, Joe! Always glad to help. If you make it down to Bristol next year, PM me and if I'm around we can do a few runs together (as long as you don't mind skiing with an old guy.......)

 

As an aside, I looked at Holiday Valley's pass program for next year. They list Gore and Whiteface as MOD partners. Nice to think Bristol passes would be included in that too. I've suggested to Bristol that they play up the MOD benefit in their season pass marketing-it is a big plus.

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I didn't make it out there this year as I spent most of my time skiing with my 5 year old at HV which is about 45 minutes closer and plenty big for him. Next year I'll be out there for sure- I'll send you a PM a day or two before. Thanks again!
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