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post #31 of 285
I know, for example, that getting out of Boston on the Saturday 2 days before President Day is impossible. I am wondering about getting into Boston on that day. Probably still hard, because all the hub cities will be operating above capacity.

I haven't had to travel vacation week since my son finished high school. But at that time, at least, the preceeding Friday (officially a school day) was booked up, including early morning. I figure it has spread to Thursday by now.
post #32 of 285
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I know, for example, that getting out of Boston on the Saturday 2 days before President Day is impossible. I am wondering about getting into Boston on that day. Probably still hard, because all the hub cities will be operating above capacity.

I haven't had to travel vacation week since my son finished high school. But at that time, at least, the preceeding Friday (officially a school day) was booked up, including early morning. I figure it has spread to Thursday by now.

 

That is my exact recollection as well. @marznc, re: your comments, I think it probably depends somewhat on what the regional school holiday patterns are. Where mdf and I are coming from in New England, virtually every school in a 500 mile radius has exactly the same week off - again excepting New Hampshire. It may be that in your area the pattern is moderated. Airlines seem to adjust fares involving New England airports - Portland, Manchester, Boston, Providence, Hartford - accordingly.

post #33 of 285
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I know, for example, that getting out of Boston on the Saturday 2 days before President Day is impossible. I am wondering about getting into Boston on that day. Probably still hard, because all the hub cities will be operating above capacity.

I haven't had to travel vacation week since my son finished high school. But at that time, at least, the preceeding Friday (officially a school day) was booked up, including early morning. I figure it has spread to Thursday by now.

 

That is my exact recollection as well. @marznc, re: your comments, I think it probably depends somewhat on what the regional school holiday patterns are. Where mdf and I are coming from in New England, virtually every school in a 500 mile radius has exactly the same week off - again excepting New Hampshire. It may be that in your area the pattern is moderated. Airlines seem to adjust fares involving New England airports - Portland, Manchester, Boston, Providence, Hartford - accordingly.

Note that except perhaps Atlanta, people starting in the southeast may change planes before getting to Colorado.  So it's not just the school schedule of the skier's home territory that comes into play.  From Raleigh, there is a non-stop flight to Denver on SW but the cheaper alternatives involve a stop over at a hub.  Of course, there are probably more potential Gathering attendees flying out of DC, NYC or Boston than points farther south. :)

post #34 of 285
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One feature of the MCP that I haven't found useful is the lodging discounts.
I found the 20% discount very useful in Alta last year at the Goldminer's Daughter. The deal was recognized immediately by the front desk manager and applied no questions asked. He said that he can only otherwise offer their 10% returning customer discount.
post #35 of 285
Yep, but GMD was the only one I've seen that makes sense.
post #36 of 285

Last season I checked out the MCP lodging discount for JH.  Found that I could do better on VRBO rather than booking from JH Resorts for a comparable 2BR condo.  I plan pretty early for midseason trips.

 

The MCP lodging discounts vary a lot between destinations and there are usually blackout dates and other conditions so you have to do some research to see if they are helpful.

post #37 of 285
This year I didn't use any lodging discounts, but my 3 free days at Mammoth and the follow-up 4 half price days pretty much made the MCP pay. (Two more days are planned in April, if there's snow) And, that's using the Friends/Family $79 ticket price rather than the window price as a reference. My 4 Alta/Bird days were icing on the cake. Assuming the same pattern next year PLUS the Aspen gathering, the '15-'16 MCP is a huge no-brainer.

(Gathermeister: my vote is for the second week in February, as if that should make a difference)
post #38 of 285
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One feature of the MCP that I haven't found useful is the lodging discounts.
I found the 20% discount very useful in Alta last year at the Goldminer's Daughter. The deal was recognized immediately by the front desk manager and applied no questions asked. He said that he can only otherwise offer their 10% returning customer discount.


Good to know.  Seems like GMD offered that discount to attendees of the EpicSki Gathering in SLC a few years ago even if someone didn't have the MCP.  I stay at Alta Lodge when I stay in LCC instead of in SLC so never looked for Alta/Snowbird.  Most of the lodging offers are from Snowbird.

 

For Aspen/Snowmass there are lodging offers.  But is cheaper to stay in a motel in Carbondale if looking to keep the costs down.

post #39 of 285
Even in Snowmass I got a better rate without the discount. Other than a few early season deals and one distant property , the MCP deals were of the "big percentage off a stupidly expensive super luxury hotel " variety.

Snowmass is really not that expensive. My weekend nights at the upcoming New England Gathering in VT are only about $10 less than I paid in Snowmass. And Aspen has a hotel with bunk rooms if you like that option.

But my MCP discount did not help.
post #40 of 285
One other thing - I didn't realize until a few days in that JHMR gave a 10% for on - mountain food.
I probably missed food discounts at Aspen and Snowbird too.
post #41 of 285
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One other thing - I didn't realize until a few days in that JHMR gave a 10% for on - mountain food.
I probably missed food discounts at Aspen and Snowbird too.


Hmm, I'll have to ask about a food discount when I'm back at Snowbird in April.  Will be surprised if there is a discount though.  

 

I remember JHMR Guest Services mentioning that MCP pass holders got on-mountain discounts.

 

Definitely pays to ask questions when getting the MCP for the first time at a given ski resort.

post #42 of 285
Getting my pass at Jackson was pretty comical. I was in a hurry to get to the meet up on time, and my reading glasses had broken in half in my pocket. Not ideal conditions for asking questions.
post #43 of 285
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One other thing - I didn't realize until a few days in that JHMR gave a 10% for on - mountain food.
I probably missed food discounts at Aspen and Snowbird too.

 

Last year JH gave a discount to MCP holders for food and soft goods and afaik no other resorts gave that kind of deal.

 

This year when I asked about the discount at JH Guest Services they said no discounts. However the Headwall Deli didn't get the memo as they gave a 10% discount on food. The ski shop in the Bridger Center didn't give a discount, not sure about The General Store.

post #44 of 285

wife and I just got our mcp last night. I had it this season and it was awesome. Made it to JH for 2 days, Alta one day, and Aspen Snowmass 8 times. (we only live a couple hours away) worth every dime. Would love to make it to Mammoth next season hopefully they will have a better year than this one.

post #45 of 285

Status bar for $369/99 with a bonus day is towards the end of LIMITED STOCK.  Starts with IN STOCK and last category is "NEARLY SOLD OUT."  Hard to predict exactly when sales for a given price will end.

post #46 of 285
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Status bar for $369/99 with a bonus day is towards the end of LIMITED STOCK.  Starts with IN STOCK and last category is "NEARLY SOLD OUT."  Hard to predict exactly when sales for a given price will end.

Thanks! I hadn't approached this with any sense of urgency, but just got mine for the third year. 

post #47 of 285
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Note that except perhaps Atlanta, people starting in the southeast may change planes before getting to Colorado.  So it's not just the school schedule of the skier's home territory that comes into play.  From Raleigh, there is a non-stop flight to Denver on SW but the cheaper alternatives involve a stop over at a hub.  Of course, there are probably more potential Gathering attendees flying out of DC, NYC or Boston than points farther south. :)

 

Hey great to see a fellow RDU skier here and a moderator no less :) And yes pretty much most destinations require a hop from RDU, I sorely, sorely miss the Delta SLC ride that made a brief comeback last year. But we can get pretty much everywhere with one stop and while I am not the most experienced skier I do know how to make the most of frequent flyer miles and that has funded all my trips this year...

 

I did very nicely out of MC 2014/15. I got in at $359 and chose Whistler for my 3 days but only managed 2 because I had an unforeseen scheduling issue. I bought two $99 passes for my kids and took them to Snowmass (using the Southwest flight to DEN and got a great deal on a Tahoe SUV and super cheap digs at the Wildwood which is now a Holiday Inn), and we are now just flying back having done two days at Alta and another two days at Squaw. Alta was great, Squaw we had one ok day and one terrible one but hey can't do anything about the snow. So I managed 8 days for my $359 which is pretty amazing. 

 

Will get the 2015/16 version and again go with Whistler as my favorite resort (and from RDU a fun one stop via JFK and taking Cathay Pacific's awesome ride to Vancouver). I also plan to go to Chile this summer to use the 2 days there, already found flights using points with one stop via Miami in August. Will certainly be able to hit up Alta, Squaw/Alpine and Aspen/Snowmass again... really hoping to hit up as many of the others as possible too. If you can get 10 days out of it, it's amazing value. The big downside of course is all the travel to multiple resorts instead of doing a longer stint at one place. But even that can be counter-balanced by doing longer trips to places not so far apart like SLC/Tahoe or Whister/Lake Louise (beautiful 1 day drive between those two places and I have some great one way discount code for car rentals ;))

post #48 of 285

I just noticed this morning that MC 2015-16 is now bumped up to $379. They are still including the third day at one resort though

post #49 of 285
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I just noticed this morning that MC 2015-16 is now bumped up to $379. They are still including the third day at one resort though


Interesting . . . no reminder email.  Not sure, but I think the second stage started a little later last year.  Status bar is already at the halfway point for IN STOCK.

post #50 of 285
Guess I just got in under the wire on Friday! smile.gif
post #51 of 285

I got mine ... had to pay the $379 but still....

 

And I am sure this only applies to a small group of people but I was able to buy for my son at $99 as a child "12 and under" even though he turns 13 in July. My assumption is "12 and under at time of purchase". His last time on this great deal!

post #52 of 285
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I got mine ... had to pay the $379 but still....

 

And I am sure this only applies to a small group of people but I was able to buy for my son at $99 as a child "12 and under" even though he turns 13 in July. My assumption is "12 and under at time of purchase". His last time on this great deal!


Yep, for any season pass the age that counts is what applies when the pass is purchased.  My daughter's birthday is in October, so that last season when she was almost aging out it made sense to buy early to get the junior rate.

 

$99 for a junior MCP is a great deal!

post #53 of 285
Also took advantage of the 12 & Under for a turning 13 year old. I e-mailed someone at MC to confirm the rules. It is as you assume, age at time of purchase.
post #54 of 285

Got mine today.  $379, and 3rd free day still available.

post #55 of 285
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Interesting . . . no reminder email.  Not sure, but I think the second stage started a little later last year.  Status bar is already at the halfway point for IN STOCK.


I got the reminder e-mail on Tues 4/7 and bought it that night, even though I was at Tahoe and had to go to casino to use Internet. The e-mail I got had a subject that started with "Last chance for the lowest price" and the body included the following: "Supplies of $369 passes for the 2015-16 season are running out."

post #56 of 285
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Interesting . . . no reminder email.  Not sure, but I think the second stage started a little later last year.  Status bar is already at the halfway point for IN STOCK.


I got the reminder e-mail on Tues 4/7 and bought it that night, even though I was at Tahoe and had to go to casino to use Internet. The e-mail I got had a subject that started with "Last chance for the lowest price" and the body included the following: "Supplies of $369 passes for the 2015-16 season are running out."


Hmm, maybe I didn't get a reminder because I already bought it?  Although I know I've gotten notices after purchase in past years.

post #57 of 285
Looks like they're playing the false scarcity game. It definitely was near out of stock couple weeks back, but then refilled with no change in extra day benefits or change in price.
post #58 of 285
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Looks like they're playing the false scarcity game. It definitely was near out of stock couple weeks back, but then refilled with no change in extra day benefits or change in price.


Not sure what you mean. Stage 1 price was $369.  Stage 2 in progress at $379, with the bonus day.  So price went up $10.

post #59 of 285
Ah i stand corrected,my mistake
post #60 of 285
Well I think it is a gamed scarcity if not quite false. All these phases with pretty trivial price increases but no info about when the bonus day goes away...

Still I like the product if not the marketing.
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