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post #91 of 98
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I'm surprised on how popular the pass is amongst Epicskiers... Especially since the upfront cost is getting into season pass price at many quality mountains. It seems that to get the most out of the pass you either need to be rich to pay pass and for the flights between the resorts, or you need to live somewhat central to the mountains.

If you're rich, saving money likely isn't a big priority, and you'd likely rather commit to longer stays at a lower number of individual resorts anyhow.

Disagree here.  I paid less than $400 for me and a kid with the $1 kid deal.  Most season passes out west are $700 and up with most non-Epic way more. 

post #92 of 98
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Originally Posted by NPhoenix View Post

Disagree here.  I paid less than $400 for me and a kid with the $1 kid deal.  Most season passes out west are $700 and up with most non-Epic way more. 

But after the first 2 days, you're paying for lift tickets anyhow, albeit half price. The problem is that half price is what full price was just a few years ago at a lot of MCP reaorts. I think if they gave you more days per resort or if there were more resorts closer together (that don't involve 5+ hours drive times) it would be more attractive to me.
post #93 of 98
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post

I'm surprised on how popular the pass is amongst Epicskiers... Especially since the upfront cost is getting into season pass price at many quality mountains. It seems that to get the most out of the pass you either need to be rich to pay pass and for the flights between the resorts, or you need to live somewhat central to the mountains.

If you're rich, saving money likely isn't a big priority, and you'd likely rather commit to longer stays at a lower number of individual resorts anyhow.

If you're in a central location, you're probably lucky enough to have a good local resort somewhat close by... And buying a season pass there would allow savings on driving and hotels as well as more overall ski days. Also many season passes have reciprocal benefits so if you want some variety, you'd get that included.

I'm not saying its not the right pass for everyone... I'm just surprised it's so popular.

I plan my season around whichever pass I purchased, and I watch for flight deals and pay for them in points. Don't have to be rich, but it takes a bit of planning. Plus I go with friends to reduce the lodging costs. Using my card to pay for it all, and they pay me back, so I end up with points towards next season's flights.

I have paid 89 dollars for airfare so far this season (out of NYC), and I have already flown r/t to Calgary, have a trip to Taos, and a return to Calgary coming up. I still have enough points to fly almost anywhere in the US. I'm four days in on my MC Pass, and am $20 shy of the breakdown point.
post #94 of 98
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post


But after the first 2 days, you're paying for lift tickets anyhow, albeit half price. The problem is that half price is what full price was just a few years ago at a lot of MCP reaorts. I think if they gave you more days per resort or if there were more resorts closer together (that don't involve 5+ hours drive times) it would be more attractive to me.

 

Unless you can go back a few years ago and purchase the tickets at that price, it doesn't make any difference how much tickets used to cost.

 

I'll likely head to at least three MCP resorts this year, but even if I was only going to Aspen, it would still be worth getting the pass.  I paid $369 for the pass including three free days at Aspen.  I'm skiing six days there, so I'll need three half price day tickets at $72.50 per day for a total of $217.50.  Total cost for the pass and the three additional days is $586.50.

 

Advance purchase for a six days out of ten ticket is $690, and buying individual day tickets for six days would be $870.  Either way, I'm saving a significant amount of money by having the MCP.

 

I'll also get at least a couple of days each in at Snowbird / Alta and Stowe, and if things go well, Jackson Hole.

 

It's an easy decision to buy the pass if you like the resorts it includes and you're going to do more than just a couple of days skiing.

post #95 of 98
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Keller View Post
 

I don't know how it'll be when I try Taos in a couple of weeks

 

 

Taos is the one place where I had some issues with the MCP last season.  First of all, they can only process them from one ticket office (located in the basement of a building which involves plenty of stairs).  Secondly, after your 2 (or 3) free days, they require you to go to a ticket window to purchase an individual half-price day ticket each day.  Not quite as slick as getting a card and not having to worry about it the rest of your trip.

post #96 of 98
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post
 

 

Taos is the one place where I had some issues with the MCP last season.  First of all, they can only process them from one ticket office (located in the basement of a building which involves plenty of stairs).  Secondly, after your 2 (or 3) free days, they require you to go to a ticket window to purchase an individual half-price day ticket each day.  Not quite as slick as getting a card and not having to worry about it the rest of your trip.

Thanks, planning to go there sometime this season.  At Whistler, you could just add a credit card to your account and it would automatically do the half price discount for extra days.  Hopefully, the bigger resorts (with RFID) are the same.     

post #97 of 98
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Originally Posted by NPhoenix View Post
 

Thanks, planning to go there sometime this season.  At Whistler, you could just add a credit card to your account and it would automatically do the half price discount for extra days.  Hopefully, the bigger resorts (with RFID) are the same.     

 

Aspen, Mammoth, and Squalpine were all the same last year - associate your pass to your credit card at that mountain, and it charges you for the day when you pass one of the lift gates. No need to go back to get any tickets or anything.

 

If you're unwilling to tie it to your credit card, you will have to go to the ticket office each day after your free days.

 

FWIW, all three of the MCP destinations I visited last season took like 30 seconds to get my pass - it was very easy. And for this season, I already have my Whistler pass, as more of the resorts now let you get it ahead of time online and mail it to you.

post #98 of 98
Great deal on the $1 kid pass. For $370 already got 3 Squalpine and 2 Whistler days for my kid and I on the MCP and a bunch o half-price days.
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