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1/2 day lift ticket?

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     I remember back in the 90s when I used to do weekend skiing in VT, having to drive back to NYC Sunday afternoons, yet wanting to ski only that morning, yet having to buy a full day ticket. 1/2 day tickets are only afternoons. Pissed me off. Been viewing websites for NY and VT areas, planning where to ski this season and see the same thing. Anyone know why this is so?????  Anyone know if a 1/2 day morning ticket exists anywhere? Not to mention the sticker shock seeing weekend tix at $89+ at most of these places,

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Okemo has offered a Sunday morning ticket for years if you can stomach skiing there. I think they call it the "Sunday Solution" ticket. You'll still get sticker shock at the price being it's not that much less than a full day ticket.

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They only sell afternoon Half-Days at most resorts because it is pretty hard to make sure someone leaves when they are supposed to. At the resorts I go to most, the lifts higher up on the mountain don't usually have ticket checkers, so someone who bought a half day in the morning could just stay up there all day for free.

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Some of the places out this way now sell four hour and eight hour "flex tickets".  So regardless of what time you show up you can purchase four or eight hours of skiing from the moment you exit the ticket window.  Works well for folks like me that drive 3 hours to get there and hate to stress about having to be there by 9 or 1 to get my money's worth.  Now I can just relax on the way up knowing I can pay for a block of ski runs based on time I get there instead of time they'd prefer me to get there.

 

Beech Mountain has morning or afternoon half days.  Appalachian has 8 hour flex and offers some cash or debit back if you want to leave after four hours.

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There are places here in MN where they do 1/2 day or 4 hour tickets, but they also almost never actually check your ticket here.

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Yep, it's a mix of all of the above in Alberta/BC region as well.  Some are still sticking it out with the "1/2 day is 12:30-4:00 ONLY" thing.  I guess the idea with that is to prevent people from using a morning half day ticket on the upper slopes/backside in the afternoon where the lifties don't check the people loading on to their chairs.  I just think it's lazy.

 

The other common one is a pass for four consecutive hours at any time of the day. 

 

My favorite is Mt. Norquay's hourly system.  If you want to buy a 1 hour pass, they will sell you one.  The pricing structure is the same as grocery store scale pricing based on quantity.  More hours purchased = progressively decreased average cost per hour.  And yes, you're definitely getting suckered on the cost of the 1-hour one.  ha!.  :D

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I don't think its a logistical issue. I have been to several places that sell a am only ticket even though they don't check at every lift. The way it works is you pay full price and need to return the ticket by 1 to get the halfday rate.
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In addition to tip above on Okemo, Smuggs sells a 2013-14 Sunday morning ticket for $52, Bromley for $59.  Several places such as Attitash, Wildcat and others sometimes offer cheap full day tickets on Super Bowl Sunday for less than the morning prices I quoted.  Got this info from a couple minutes of googling. 

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I don't think its a logistical issue. I have been to several places that sell a am only ticket even though they don't check at every lift. The way it works is you pay full price and need to return the ticket by 1 to get the halfday rate.

 

Wachusett does that.  If you turn in your ticket by some time (12:30, I think?) you get some cash back.  But if the ticketing system isn't set up for that I could see it being a huge PITA.

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Loveland has a 4 hour ticket- I think you pay the full price and then get a partial refund within 4 hours

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Some of the fields do that here too, the morning pass is the same price as a half day afternoon pass, but you pay full price up front and get a refund for the difference when you return your ticket by 12:30. 

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Originally Posted by nathanvg View Post

I don't think its a logistical issue. I have been to several places that sell a am only ticket even though they don't check at every lift. The way it works is you pay full price and need to return the ticket by 1 to get the halfday rate.

I reckon it's an issue for mountains that don't have any interest in doing that. Plus, they probably figure that some folks will just buy a full day ticket and/or stay longer. Probably not that much motivation to offer a morning ticket. 

 

In UT, it's available. Pow Mow offers an AM half-day ticket, along with a number of other tickets. The PM half-day ticket is a better deal, though - a dollar more and runs 12 to 9 p.m., though most of the lifts close at 4/4:30. 

 

Solitude offers a per-ride option that lets you buy 10 rides and use them over however many days you want. So if you use, say, four in the morning you can save the rest for next trip. I believe that 10-pass is the same price as a day ticket. 

 

Not sure about other resorts. 

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