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post #1 of 17
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Guys,

 

I'm looking for a good deal on a season pass or a multi-day pass for the east coast. I've searched on Lougle and the only decent pass that I saw was the season pass for all the NY state ski resorts. It was around 800$ to ski WhiteFace, Gore and Belleayre. Which I think is a fantastic deal but I wish I could find some type of season pass that combined a southern resort like Hunter, Windham or Belleayre with something like SugarBush or Jay. I'm just hasitant on buying a pass for the season for Belleayre because I don't want to give up skiing VT especially since I've never skied Gore and can't judge it. Being from NJ it's pretty hard to properly utilize a VT season pass, but If I found a combo pass so I could use it at the southern ny resorts that would be great. I think Mountain Creek has some deal with Killington but I don't ever want to ski MC and I only ski Killington in early season because of their snow making abilities. Both resorts are way too crowded for my likes.

 

So basically lets list some of the deals you guys have seen for us east coast skiers.

 

 

Here's two I've seen that seem ok:

 

1) http://nyski3.com/

2)http://www.okemo.com/activities/snowsports/ticketing/seasonpass.asp

 

 

post em up..

post #2 of 17

The Double-Down pass to Stratton and Mount Snow. 350$ season pass to both mountains, no blackout dates, 2 weekday buddy passes included. Ages 19-26. Can't beat it.

post #3 of 17

Good point on age. Are you in your 20s? If so the Vermont resorts now offer a lot of competitive deals. Those deals have very quickly spread throughout Vermont in the last couple of years, but unfortunately have yet to reach the rest of the East. If you're age 30+ Vermont quickly becomes very expensive compared to the rest of the East. The offerings in Vermont as too confusing for me to bother to keep track of.

 

I'm not going to be any help on the Mid-Atlantic states either; I strictly ski New England and the Eastern Townships.

 

There are three competing mutli-area passes in the White Mountains (in order of price low-high): Peak Resort's Granite Pass (Attitash, Wildcat, Crotched), White Mountain Superpass (Cranmore, Bretton Woods, Cannon, Waterville Valley), and New England pass (Loon, Sunday River, Sugarloaf).

 

The pass that covers the largest geographic range in the East is the Peak Resorts Nor'Easter Pass: Mount Snow, Jack Frost - Big Boulder, Crotched, Attitash, and Wildcat. That price is comparable to the adult prices in Vermont, but very expensive relative to the rest of New England and Quebec.

post #4 of 17

gore and whiteface is a good combination.  gore,whiteface, and sugarbush would be nicer, but it doesn't exist.  gore lacks some groomers, and has a strange layout, but once you get used to it, it's fine, and it has very nice terrain.  lots of glades, lifts, and trails.  I ski in vermont and ny, and gore is way underrated.

post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by like2ski123 View Post
 

gore and whiteface is a good combination.  gore,whiteface, and sugarbush would be nicer, but it doesn't exist.  gore lacks some groomers, and has a strange layout, but once you get used to it, it's fine, and it has very nice terrain.  lots of glades, lifts, and trails.  I ski in vermont and ny, and gore is way underrated.

 

Gore lacks groomers? The whole mountain is mostly groomers. In fact there are very few trails that get bumped up.

 

The terrain is awesome and there are wonderful and numerous on the map glades. The place never has lines. Gore does not get the snow mid-north VT gets, but they have 90%snowmaking and unlimited water. The pump horsepower is not as good as Mt Snow/Stratton/Okemo, but the terrain and lack of crowds make up the difference.

 

I would forget about NH/Maine as that drive will wear you out if you are trying to use a season pass. From NJ Gore is an easier drive than any VT area and the added attraction is WF. WF/Lake Placid is a great place. Belleayre gets decent snow and is fun for a day trip. I have the triple pass for my daughter as it was a huge bargain.

 

Belleayre/Gore/WF is a huge deal.

post #6 of 17

I think almost all the resorts in Vermont have better groomed runs than gore, stratton, killington, okemo, even bromley.   I wasn't to fond of magic and mount snow, not that they aren't nice, but whiteface and the resorts in northen vermont get my vote.  whiteface is the best skiing out of all of those imo.  however I could see where people would prefer vt.  but I would rate gore above all those resorts except killington, and I still prefer to go to gore.  gore does lack bumps, but sometimes sagamore gets bumps.  you can't go wrong with a gore/whiteface seasons pass, and stick with the spring glade skiing in gore if you don't want to drive to whiteface.

post #7 of 17
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I wasn't to fond of magic ............

 

Grammatical errors notwithstanding, this is a mortal sin.

 

Maybe Alpinezone.com is more your cup of tea.

post #8 of 17
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Grammatical errors notwithstanding, this is a mortal sin.

 

Maybe Alpinezone.com is more your cup of tea.

 

that's my opinion, there's nice stuff about it, but it lacks variety, and the lifts are antiquated to say the least.  gore has the same type of terrain with a much nicer lift system.

 

someone who lives in florida and likes skiing, that seems like a sin to me.  no way I wouldn't be close to mountains all winter long.

post #9 of 17
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 gore has the same type of terrain with a much nicer lift system.

 

 

Surely you jest?  Maybe you should give Magic another chance and have someone show you the good stuff.

 

I had a pass at Gore for 3 years and was bored out of my mind.  Going on season 5 at Magic and cannot wait to get back to the best terrain in SoVT.  On a (very rare) powder day at Gore, the mountain is so flat, you might not make it to the bottom without walking.  It takes twice as long for me to get to Magic (100 minutes) as it does to Gore (50 minutes) but there's no way I'm ever going back.  WF is nice but is a loooong way from just about anywhere.

 

Magic's pass prices are among the best in the east.

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by like2ski123 View Post
 

 

that's my opinion, there's nice stuff about it, but it lacks variety, and the lifts are antiquated to say the least.  gore has the same type of terrain with a much nicer lift system.

 

someone who lives in florida and likes skiing, that seems like a sin to me.  no way I wouldn't be close to mountains all winter long.

If you think gore has the same terrain, and that Magic lacks variety, then you obviously don't know Magic. No doubt Vail would be your choice over A-Basin too due to its lift system :rolleyes.

 

I do 45-50 ski days a year, primarily at WB and SLC (fyi, you're as far from "mountains" as I am), so it can seem to be whatever you like, but given what you're choosing amongst, I should feel sorry for what your season probably will be. And I Hobie and dive all winter along with skiing. You should probably check my trip reports here before making more grammatically challenged comments.


Edited by snofun3 - 10/5/13 at 9:34am
post #11 of 17
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Surely you jest?  Maybe you should give Magic another chance and have someone show you the good stuff.

 

I had a pass at Gore for 3 years and was bored out of my mind.  Going on season 5 at Magic and cannot wait to get back to the best terrain in SoVT.  On a (very rare) powder day at Gore, the mountain is so flat, you might not make it to the bottom without walking.  It takes twice as long for me to get to Magic (100 minutes) as it does to Gore (50 minutes) but there's no way I'm ever going back.  WF is nice but is a loooong way from just about anywhere.

 

Magic's pass prices are among the best in the east.

 

If you were bored at Gore's 435 acres  and find Magic's 195 more to your liking, you didn't know where to go at Gore. Gore and magic get about the same amount of snow per season. Based on how far you say you are from Gore and Magic, I would guess it is only a little farther to WF versus Magic. I would never choose Magic over WF. By the way I love Magic, but there is now way I choose that over Gore either.

 

Magic has old lifts and not much snowmaking. Good luck at Magic if it doesn't snow.

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by x10003q View Post
 

 

If you were bored at Gore's 435 acres  and find Magic's 195 more to your liking, you didn't know where to go at Gore. Gore and magic get about the same amount of snow per season. Based on how far you say you are from Gore and Magic, I would guess it is only a little farther to WF versus Magic. I would never choose Magic over WF. By the way I love Magic, but there is now way I choose that over Gore either.

 

Magic has old lifts and not much snowmaking. Good luck at Magic if it doesn't snow.

 

Quantity over quality?  I'll take quality any day.  And trust me, Magic has far more acreage that is skiable than what is published.  I'm pretty sure I know where to go at Gore; I spent 3 seasons there trying to find good skiing.  There was some but nothing like what Magic has.  The majority of Gore's acreage is low angle groomers with a few short steep pitches.  Can you ski top to bottom?  Maybe if the snow is fast, but usually you have to skate/pole to ski top to bottom.  So what's Gore's effective vert?  Certainly not what is published.

 

Back when the Gore/WF passes were competitively priced, it was more enticing.  The prices have gone up fairly rapidly in the last 5 years and the Magic Pass is about half the price...I also have a kid in college and his Magic pass is way less than half of the Gore/WF college pass price.

 

Actually, WF is 150 minutes...vs 100 to Magic.  I also think WF is one of the best, most underrated ski areas in the NE but the extra 50 minutes to get there each way makes it a less desirable "regular" spot.  And I can get to MRG or Sugarbush in the same amount of time and they get significantly more snow than WF.  I like Magic so much, we bought a house here and I can walk to the lifts...can't do that at either Gore or WF...

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

People FOCUS !!! 

 

best combo season pass values not best mountain in the east... IF I wanted to know which was the best mountain in the east I'd start a Jay vs. Stowe vs. SugarBush... but I think there are 1000000 of those already :)

post #14 of 17

The best pass deal is the mountain closest to my house.  That's why "what's the best deal?" thread goes off the rails pretty quickly.

For me, West Mountain is evenings and weekends only now, so that leaves Gore. YMMV.

 

BK

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Xtremity View Post
 

People FOCUS !!!

 

best combo season pass values not best mountain in the east... IF I wanted to know which was the best mountain in the east I'd start a Jay vs. Stowe vs. SugarBush... but I think there are 1000000 of those already :)

 

You got your answer already.

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Xtremity View Post
 

People FOCUS !!!

 

best combo season pass values not best mountain in the east... IF I wanted to know which was the best mountain in the east I'd start a Jay vs. Stowe vs. SugarBush... but I think there are 1000000 of those already :)

 

If you don't think the quality of skiing has anything to do with the value of a pass...Stowe is awesome but not at the price of admission, at least for me. It's all about bang for the buck, not just the buck.  Which is why I've told my wife if she buys any more tools at the Dollar Store, I may have to leave her.

post #17 of 17

The OP never said his age. There are several killer passes for 20 somethings & college students. A couple have been posted.

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