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Shopping Season Passes for NJ/PA area... Input appreciated.

post #1 of 9
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Since my son loves skiing and we will be going TONS next year I am shopping for season passes for next year.  

 

Was wondering if anyone had some tips or things I'm not thinking about to help my decision.  

 

So far my choices are-

 

Camelback right now is the front runner.  Mountain is larger for this area and we liked the beginner trails for my son.

 

Blue mountain- Everyone says this mountain is better then Camelback it seems.  Although I also have friends that say Camelback is better.  We're going there next week and I'll try it first hand, however the reason I think people like it better is because it has more park area for boarders and more difficult terrain for more advanced riders.  Neither of those options really appeal to my family because we're just looking for trails that my son will enjoy going down and that will also get some enjoyment out of.

 

Shawnee- Seems like a smaller mountain and people say it is a great for families.  I think it could be nice but really have no experience there.  Maybe I'll take my son there tomorrow or next week.  Lift's from what I hear are slower, but I have no personal experience.

 

My son and I mostly ski a lot during the week but also want my wife to have a good experience with him on the weekends that we go all together. 

 

Any insight is appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 9

I won't give you a recommendation as to which place to choose. I ski all of them, but wouldn't want to be tied to any of them for a whole season. I'd rather pay more to split the boredom.

 

However, most of the mountains will start to sell next years season's pass soon, allowing you to use it for the remainder of this year. So you will be able to save some money on the balance of this year. Actually, just looked, started already.

post #3 of 9

I personally think the answer is easy...but there are variables. If you can ski afternoons/evenings: the CB $219/149 pass CAN'T be beat. You can get it now for next year and start using it right away...and every year, after March 15ish, it is good all day (and some early season too). You don't have to go too many times to make it worth it. And it's cheap enough to still visit other places.

 

The variables: where do you live? 1. I live in Delaware and that extra 45min each way seems more like 5hrs...don't know why...it just does.

2. How old is you son? It's the afternoon, when my son was 5 and 6, he'd be the walking dead the next day after skiing from 3:30 to 8ish...then a 2.5hr ride home.

3. I just like Blue better...they're all pretty interchangeable...but CB is more "managed." It just seems that way to me...

 

That's all I got.  

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you Smartiyak and RatherPlayThenWork for your input.  

 

The distance for me 1 -1/2 hours to each.  So distance is not a deal breaker there.  

 

I keep thinking about the $219 deal for CB and like you said it can not be beat it seems.  The only reason I was thinking of going full blown is because If my wife decides to go season pass she'd be going every weekend (she's a teacher) and days after she teaches with us and on holidays.  That in turn would mean I'd be going as well.  Our son is only 4 years old so its like $30 extra bucks to toss him in the mix for the season.

 

This season I've been doing the ski all over the place with my son and trying to figure out a place we really like.  But unfortunately I have to choose between variety and the amount of times I want to go.  I wan't to go ALOT and so we'll just explore the living heck out of that mountain.  We'll probably still make a trip to Bellayre and Vermont.

 

Thanks for your thoughts you two I really appreciate it.

post #5 of 9

For a 4 year old, unless he is a ripper, I'd choose Shawnee if that's the shortest drive. When my son was 4, the long drive alone would knock him out sometimes.

 

You also want to consider the parking situation. When my son was exhausted I'd sometimes have to carry everything for the both of us. So think about how far away you might be parking. Thankfully, my son is now 14, so I only have to carry my Wife's crap.Thumbs Up

post #6 of 9
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I don't mind the my little dude taking a nice 1.5 hour nap while we drive out there.  If he naps it just means I get to listen to my podcasts and he's a little more rested when we get there.  

 

I keep thinking about Shawnee.  Heck for $120 less then a full season pass to CB I can get that weekday pass to CB AND a full season pass to Shawnee.  

 

Something else that I'm also mulling over is that traveling West on I-80 at like 4-5pm to go with the wife after she's done teaching is going to be crowded I'm not sure what I-78 is like at the same time.  

 

I'm sure my son would be really happy at Shawnee and I'm sure his mom and I would like it also.

 

As for gear that little booger picker has me carrying all his stuff and carrying HIM on my shoulders.  To be honest though I do it all with a smile on my face because as long as we are about to go skiing together I would probably ride a bicycle to the mountain.

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Something else that I'm also mulling over is that traveling West on I-80 at like 4-5pm to go with the wife after she's done teaching is going to be crowded I'm not sure what I-78 is like at the same time.  

 

 


I usually ski Wednesdays in the Poconos and come back on 78. There is always traffic heading Westbound at that time. 

post #8 of 9
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So basically either road is going to be a mess for my wife and I for skiing at night during the weekdays.  Oh well.  =(.  That's Jersey I guess.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Ended up pulling the trigger today on the $219 deal for Camelback.  After talking to my wife about her skiing intentions and thinking over my schedule, this one made the most sense to me.

 

My job requires I work alternating weekends sometimes and I get a lot of weekdays off (Nursing) and we can still night ski past 3pm so you can beat it really.  Also the experience my son and I have had at the mountain has been nothing short of great.  The people in the lodge remember us from the couple time's we were there before and everyone is pretty personable.  

 

After next season we might head somewhere else or we might stick with this mountain if we love it tons.  

 

Thanks everyone for your help and input.  

 

Also at $219 it gives us more extra money to make a couple extra trips to Vermont or upstate New York.

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