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Sugar Bowl in N. Lake Tahoe -- lower season pass prices and massive price increase in day rates

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Apparently Sugar Bowl is planning on a good snow season that will pull the skiers/riders out despite large price increases in their day rates. Or, they just want to encourage more people to buy a season pass by making them pay for themselves in fewer days. I don't know their strategy behind it, but Sugar Bowl made some pretty significant pricing changes for this next season.

 

Their least expensive season pass price is $249, down from $299 last season, which was down from $349 in the previous season. The adult day rate when from $87 up to $95 this year, which is not what I would call "massive" but their child day rate went from $30 last year to $55 this year. The child day rate almost doubled! That is a massive price increase.

 

Interestingly, the child season pass was the only one that increased in price rather than decreased (it went up to $229), but due to the huge day rate price increase the child season pass pays for itself in just a few days.

 

I put together a season pass analysis spreadsheet that can help anyone considering purchasing a Sugar Bowl season pass this year (see PDF file below). Note that the Sugar Bowl season passes also come with 2-4 day lift tickets at Squaw/Alpine, a free day at Royal Gorge and some other discounts (lessons, rentals, "friend" discounts).

 

SugarBowlseasonpassbreakout14-15.pdf 79k .pdf file  

 

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Sounds like SB is following Squaw and the Vail resorts in their pricing model.  I wonder how it will work for them, being smaller and less affiliated.

 

Personally, I don't like the new model.  I think high day rates and high kids prices are two factors that will discourage potential new skiers.

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Originally Posted by Xela View Post
 

Sounds like SB is following Squaw and the Vail resorts in their pricing model.  I wonder how it will work for them, being smaller and less affiliated.

 

Personally, I don't like the new model.  I think high day rates and high kids prices are two factors that will discourage potential new skiers.

 

I agree. I frequently try to get friends with kids to come ski with my family because it really adds to the fun for my kids. It is a lot harder to convince them to join us for a day when the day rates are so high.

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Your season pass does grant you one discounted friend pass each day. 

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