New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Season pass or not? - Page 2

post #31 of 51
Ditto all the comments about how much you'll like having a season pass.

On the downside, though, if snow doesn't show up at your resort, you could be left holding the bag.

Last winter, my family had 5 season passes for Stevens Pass in Washington State. Due to lack of snow, my spouse skied one day, I skied two days, and none of our kids skied any days at Stevens. Harbor Resorts, which owns Stevens and Schweitzer, didn't even offer a discount for this year's pass. Instead they offered $50 (we affectionately call these "bogus bucks") in coupons to get a discount on junk at their stores on the mountain.

That said, a season pass still offers great advantages over buying a lift ticket all the time.
post #32 of 51
buy season pass, it was the one of the best choices of my life.
I now have more friends then can i ever hoped for, and the enjoyment i got out of it, and still do is unparrelled for the cost.

I now work for the said resort and have ball every winter and cant not see myself ever not skiing less than 50 days a year. FYI 105,107 and 78 are my ski days in the past 3 years respectively. that was alot more than the couple i had the year before on Snowblades.

Long story short buy the pass.
post #33 of 51
Buy 2 from your 2 favorite areas.

Nice to have a choice, and force yourself to make them worth the investment..ski, ski, ski, ski then ski........
post #34 of 51
My first run at Breck last season cost me $0.20 per vertical foot. The rest of the season was free. I bought a Colorado Pass again this year to add to my Copper staff pass. Why not? The more the merrier!
post #35 of 51
I bought my first season pass this morning - crossing my fingers that the work schedule will allow me to actually use it.
post #36 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
ASC's $399.00 is a heckava deal. I bought 3 of them for this upcoming season.
I only bought one, should I buy more?
post #37 of 51
I also have one at Jiminy. I go there in the morning as if I were going to the gym. In fact if my boss asks where I am, I tell him 'the gym'.

Having a pass allows me to go anyway, good or bad conditions. Rarely do I feel that the trip was not worth while. It's half an hour from the house and I usually only ski for 2 hours or so. The mountain can be dull but there are a bunch of people that have skied together for years. It's fun. I have never met so many people with so much idle time on there hands.

The lift is a high speed six pack. Two hours is good for 15 plus runs.
post #38 of 51
Ski patrol=ski free.
Write for comp passes at other places. Ski there free or reduced price.
Helps if husband is Eastern Division NSP Treasurer.
post #39 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by paul jones
I only bought one, should I buy more?


Never can be too careful Unless you have a wife and son, you might not need 3.
post #40 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
ASC's $399.00 is a heckava deal. I bought 3 of them for this upcoming season.
Phil I was at Killington Saturady mountain biking and while buying the pass for the lift I overheard another customoer service rep telling others that they could buy the bronze pass for $369.00, now I'm not sure if that was only there at the mountain or if it is that price on line. If people are considering it they should call the mountain and check it out. I bought an ASC bronze last year but this year went with MRG for $270.00. Plus got free seasons passes for both kids there if they are under 12 if buy before Oct. 1st check web site on that date though.
post #41 of 51
My first post on this site,feels good to break the virginity! I just purchased 2 passes for our local mountain figuring that it will force me and the significant other to ski more this year.No complaining anymore about the expense of a 3 hour ski day if the weather turns bad.It feels like a load of bricks have been taken off my back.Buy the pass!
post #42 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctown
I'm thinking about buying a season pass this year since I'm sure this year I would have more free time. Is it worth it? I don't want to be feeling obligated to going the same place though so what u think?
I am amazed.
post #43 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snowbowler
Phil I was at Killington Saturady mountain biking and while buying the pass for the lift I overheard another customoer service rep telling others that they could buy the bronze pass for $369.00, now I'm not sure if that was only there at the mountain or if it is that price on line. If people are considering it they should call the mountain and check it out. I bought an ASC bronze last year but this year went with MRG for $270.00. Plus got free seasons passes for both kids there if they are under 12 if buy before Oct. 1st check web site on that date though.
I went with the silver pass, which were 399 early season. The main reason was that we have a place to stay about 30 min from Killington vs. not being able to get to MRG as much. Our son is 16, so he would be looking at a regular price pass for MRG anyway.
post #44 of 51
I've got the bronze pass for $349 (i stay about 10 minutes from sugarloaf) and will be skiing around 50 days this winter for $7 a day. You can't beat that with a stick.

The downside is the 14 blackout days but as a renewing passholder i get to snag back 2 blackout days so there are really 12 now. I don't really consider Christmas vacation an ideal time for skiing anyways.

Also it's 6 resorts so from Massachusetts I can easily drive to Attitash (ewww) or Sunday River (yuck) if i was really desperate and couldnt head to the 'loaf that weekend.
post #45 of 51
My wife and I got the ASC Gold Passes for ASC last year.

The beginning of the year was a big dissapointment and the rest wasn't that great either.

We would drive up to Portland on Friday night, sleep at my inlaws, and drive 1.5 hours to Sunday River. We also went to Killington and the Loaf a few times as well but SR was our home base.

I just don't think the waking up early every Saturday and paying the ridiculous gas prices is worth it for a crappy snow day for just a morning of skiing. If prices stay the same we will be spending over $100 in gas every weekend.

If we downgrade our passes we do not get the benefit of skiing on additional blackout dates whcih sucks. If we keep our Gold passes we can get lift tickets for friends for a discount. Whoop a dee do

That's why I am applying for jobs in VT, NH, ME, CO and Utah.

post #46 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudpeak
Ditto all the comments about how much you'll like having a season pass.

On the downside, though, if snow doesn't show up at your resort, you could be left holding the bag.

Last winter, my family had 5 season passes for Stevens Pass in Washington State. Due to lack of snow, my spouse skied one day, I skied two days, and none of our kids skied any days at Stevens. Harbor Resorts, which owns Stevens and Schweitzer, didn't even offer a discount for this year's pass. Instead they offered $50 (we affectionately call these "bogus bucks") in coupons to get a discount on junk at their stores on the mountain.

That said, a season pass still offers great advantages over buying a lift ticket all the time.
This is where I resist the temptation to gloat about how The Summit renewed all 2004-05 passes for free (we have four), and how we got free unlimited skiing at Tahoe for free at the end of the season last year (we went for a week at Easter), and we each get two more free days at Tahoe this year.

But I wouldn't do that.

But I will say that at the right resort, having a pass and being a "local" has great benefits. At some places you can even get a special pass (costs extra)that lets you get into an "express lane" of sorts at some of the lifts, bypassing much of the herd. Those also come with extra benefits; the more you use them, the more goodies and discounts and junk the ski area gives you as rewards.

Buy a pass. No-brainer.
post #47 of 51

ASC Bronze...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
ASC's $399.00 is a heckava deal......
No doubt about it Mr. Metron....it just arrived in the mail today..and the snowblower gets delivered Saturday. I've had it with missing those first couple hours of untracked following nightly dumps.
post #48 of 51
HAHA I got mine in the mail today too. It made me kind of pissed off actually because I wanna ski NOW.
post #49 of 51
I have to send pics in yet. I should get on that,
post #50 of 51
They just used the same pic from last year for me. I recommend not sending them too early though, as it will make you experience extreme skiing anticipation
post #51 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scalce
That's why I am applying for jobs in VT, NH, ME, CO and Utah.

Ya know, when I started reading your post and your complaints about travel, I thought "Good God! Why don't these skiers move to the mountains?!?. When I read the last sentence, I thought "Now that's proactive."

There's nothing so great for a skier as to have a pass and live within a half hour of the mountain.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion