Originally Posted by Bob Lee
Wolf does that?!?! That is old-school.
Trivia: the Pitchers owned the Santa Fe ski area before they sold it and moved to WC. That was before I worked at SF but there's a lot of stories about them here.
Yes, Wolf does that. Not even barcode scanners, hole punches.
I've heard rumblings that they actually had a season pass fraud issue, so they don't trust their lifties to inspect passes. So, even though I have a pass with my picture on it, all that happens with it is I turn it over at the ticket counter instead of cash. You get issued your wicket pass for the day.
The funny part is after all of this, lifties are still terribly lax. Most days nobody bothers to holepunch my ticket. Some days I have forgotten to even put my ticket on, yet was never stopped. And then, as the cherry on the cake, late last season I was told to stop putting my lift tickets on my backpack, as I could transfer the backpack to somebody else. Ha!
I am aware of the Santa Fe connection. I've wondered how they felt about letting that one go- if I remember correctly, I read an article where they said they bought into Wolf Creek because they didn't like the business uncertainty that came with Santa Fe snow (or lack of in some years). They decided to get into a place where that would not be a concern. They are definitely a different group of folks- its is not often you see the owner of a ski resort waist deep into a snowcat engine "just for fun." :) If you have something juicy, I'd love to get a PM.