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post #31 of 47
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Not much of baseball person, but i sort of get it.

Oops, after not "eating at American restaurants", will "they" come after me for not caring about baseball ?


Sorry, shouldn't have used baseball. Soccer, maybe? Think of Vail Resorts as the best soccer league in the world (Premier League, maybe?). And that list Anachronism provided as the local kids throwing a soccer ball around the schoolyard. 

 

(Don't take my advice seriously, just busting anachronism's b..uns [Note: edited for language]) 

 

I'm not sure if you understood the restaurant reference -  our restaurant service industry runs on tips. So waiters get paid like $2/hour and make the rest of their tax reportable income via tips. So that's why the guy said maybe you wouldn't want to eat at American restaurants. If you already knew that, well then just excuse my explanation.

post #32 of 47
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I'm honestly not sure which group is the big leagues in your analogy.

 

Really? I'd never heard of any of the resorts you listed other than Crested Butte before doing some research last season. But I had heard of Vail, BC, and Breckenridge before ever knowing EpicSki existed. I'd say that means they're the bigger, more famous resorts = the big leagues.

 

Knowing a little more now, I don't know that that analogy stretches into actually better or higher quality, but to most people out there, the "big leagues" would be all the biggest, most popular places. 

post #33 of 47
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I'm honestly not sure which group is the big leagues in your analogy.

 

Really? I'd never heard of any of the resorts you listed other than Crested Butte before doing some research last season. But I had heard of Vail, BC, and Breckenridge before ever knowing EpicSki existed. I'd say that means they're the bigger, more famous resorts = the big leagues.

 

Knowing a little more now, I don't know that that analogy stretches into actually better or higher quality, but to most people out there, the "big leagues" would be all the biggest, most popular places. 


You mean the ones that make the Top Ten lists? ;)

post #34 of 47
http://www.coloradoski.com/gems/ provides 2-for-1 deals
post #35 of 47
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Just realized that MC includes two days at Chamonix, which comes in handy on the way to Aosta. Sorry Sipapu and Pajarito.
post #36 of 47
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Just realized that MC includes two days at Chamonix, which comes in handy on the way to Aosta. Sorry Sipapu and Pajarito.


Note that there are no discounts for additional days at Chamonix with the MCP.

post #37 of 47
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I am asking this because I refuse to spend any money on MTN products because I do not agree with their corporate policies and the treatment of their hourly employees, especially ski and snowboard instructors. Other guys are not any better but at least I did not hear their CEO publicly endorse "tipping" as a substitute for poor pay.

Way to stick it to the man. Yeah, that'll teach 'em. 

You should talk to 2CC. He didn't want to ski in Wyoming because Dick Cheney has a ranch there.  

post #38 of 47
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Note that there are no discounts for additional days at Chamonix with the MCP.

yes, i noticed that, did not plan to ski Chamonix but since it is on the way from Geneva to Aosta - why not use it. The thing that is not clear though, do those two included days cover all "Chamonix-Mont Blanc" area or just the reduced area around the town itself (no Grand Montets). Either way that is $110-$130 savings. 👍
post #39 of 47
WWTCCD?

(What would TCC do?)
post #40 of 47
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Way to stick it to the man. Yeah, that'll teach 'em. 
You should talk to 2CC. He didn't want to ski in Wyoming because Dick Cheney has a ranch there.  


I am not trying to teach anybody anything. I hope that as an adult you have your principles and whatever they are It is not my business to judge you as another human. I make my purchasing decisions - you do yours.
post #41 of 47

My principles as a skier? Go where the snow and terrain are enjoyable. 

Throw a VR instructor a ham sandwich and you're good.  

post #42 of 47
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It is the fact that MTN's EpicPass provides the "best value" for a skier (that lives far from the mountains, AKA "tourist")that takes few trips (10-20 days) out west. Nothing can beat it - for as little as $520 one can squeeze 15 days of skiing in some of the most renowned ski destinations in North America.

 

 

Your "fact" doesn't seem like that much of a fact. 

 

You can buy a Purgatory Season Pass for about $550 in the Spring, and you get:

 

Unlimited days at Purgatory, Sipapu, Pajarito, and Arizona Snowbowl, and:

 

 
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• Purgatory Power Pass holders ski and ride 3 days FREE at these partner resorts:
  • Skirama Dolomiti, Italy
  • Taos (NM)^^
  • Copper Mountain (CO)
  • Crested Butte (CO) Three FREE days with lodging reservation; three half-price days without lodging.
  • Loveland (CO)
  • Monarch (CO)
  • Powderhorn (CO)
  • Sunlight (CO)
  • Powder Mountain (UT)
  • Brian Head (UT)
  • Grand Targhee (WY)

 

 

I'd take that list of vacation destinations over VR any day. 

 

There are eight of those I would go out of my way to ski, and a couple more I don't know much about.

 

I wonder if they are going to be able to maintain this, or if this is a one-time thing negotiated to help kick-start the reboot of Purgatory.

post #43 of 47
Thread Starter 
If those principles work for you - great !
My principles work for me, I do not invest in any way (time or money) where I feel that my principles and ethical standards are not in agreement with services/products offered. Walmart and MTN are some of them.
post #44 of 47
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I'm honestly not sure which group is the big leagues in your analogy.

 

Really? I'd never heard of any of the resorts you listed other than Crested Butte before doing some research last season. But I had heard of Vail, BC, and Breckenridge before ever knowing EpicSki existed. I'd say that means they're the bigger, more famous resorts = the big leagues.

 

Knowing a little more now, I don't know that that analogy stretches into actually better or higher quality, but to most people out there, the "big leagues" would be all the biggest, most popular places. 

 

Well, yeah, VR has a pretty awesome marketing department ... 

 

FWIW, I have heard of most of those and would be happy to ski at them. Several are more "ski area" than "ski resort," which is fine by me.

 

The thing about the most popular resorts is that they are also the most crowded ... and often, they are popular for (to me) irrelevant reasons, like night life. I honestly can't fathom why people would shell out infinity dollars on a big ski trip, then stay up all night drinking. (I was apparently a crotchety old person, at least in this regard, even before I was old enough to drink.)

post #45 of 47
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Kind of answering my own question - Chamonix 2 days are valid only for "Le Pass" area, sorry for being lazy .
post #46 of 47
Fyi: it is the "le plan" pass, which gets you access to pretty much everything except the summit of the Grand Montets. For 11 euro, you can upgrade to the unlimited pass.

https://themountaincollective.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/201272139-Chamonix
post #47 of 47
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There are eight of those I would go out of my way to ski, and a couple more I don't know much about.

I wonder if they are going to be able to maintain this, or if this is a one-time thing negotiated to help kick-start the reboot of Purgatory.

The 3 free days thing is actually pretty common at independent CO and NM ski areas. Purg has just managed to put together a really good list.


If people don't see the value in places like Taos, CB, Copper, and Grand Targhee, not to mention a great list of smaller ski areas, well, enjoy Vail. You deserve it.
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