I'm curious if anyone on here finds value in the Mountains of Distinction program. For those that don't know what it is...
"A group of 15 ski resorts have teamed up to offer their passholders reciprocal benefits, which take the form of significant discounts on lift ticket prices. The greatest discounts occur on non-holiday weekdays.
These areas include:
Ski Roundtop, Ski Liberty, Whitetail, and Seven Springs in Pennsylvania;
Wintergreen in Virginia.
Shawnee Peak in Maine;
Crystal Mountain in Michigan;
Jiminy Peak and Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts;
Mt. Sunapee in New Hampshire;
Windham, Bristol Mountain, and Holiday Valley in New York;
and Okemo and Jay Peak in Vermont.
Season passes from one area must be valid for the day a passholder visits another Mountain of Distinction area for the benefits to accrue. For example, to get Mountains of Distinction benefits on a weekend or holiday, the pass in question must be valid for skiing or riding weekends or holidays. Mountains of Distinction benefits are $15 off the price of a weekend or holiday lift ticket; and 50 percent off weekday, non-holiday lift tickets."
The 2 mountains I've skied this year are part of this group, Wintergreen and Jay Peak. I was curious to see if there was any benefit in buying a season pass at Wintergreen to take advantage of discounted lift ticket prices at Jay Peak.
I called Jay Peak and they said the program allows 50% off lift ticket prices any day of the week. You have to go to customer service each day you're there to get a lift ticket (seems like a hassle.) At first blush, it seems like a good deal. Then I started crunching some numbers. Jay Peak has a package deal that includes lodging and skiing (including the day you arrive and depart). I'd actually save money if I didn't take "advantage" of the Mountains of Distinction program.
Unless you have a couple of these mountains close by, it doesn't seem like there's any value there.
What am I missing?