Does it really matter?At my area (rhymes with slowkemo), the lifties are extremely diligent (I've had lifties over my house the night before and still been asked to see my pass the next morning) when it comes to checking passes at the main access points (base of mtn, summit lift, etc.). In fact, they've been known to ask to see instructors passes on the off chance someone let a friend borrow their jacket.
This doesn't bother me, as they are obviously doing their job. The one thing I wonder is this: Do you guys think there is a correlation between the # of cheaters that do/do not get caught & ticket prices the following season? Allow me to think out loud (on screen? lol) for a moment. Logic dictates that if a large enough # of cheats get through, the mountain loses a significant amount of money and therefore must try to make it up elsewhere. One way would be by raising ticket prices the following season. However, it seems as though ticket prices are guaranteed to rise by at least $1 each season anyway (or have been for as long as I've been paying attention). So in the long run, does it really affect the majority (honest, paying customers) if a few bad apples get by w/out tickets, or 18 year olds on kids tickets, etc.?
Just some thoughts...I've been inundated with BUY YOUR PASS FOR NEXT SEASON NOW! e-mails from my mountain (Someone needs to tell the computer that I work for them!), ASC resorts, places out West, etc., so I've been thinking about ticket prices in general a lot lately. It's also been niar'ing a lot, which doesn't help! lol