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Poll Results: What do you pay for lift tickets?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 6% of voters (6)
    Retail! After all, SAM is asking for my firstborn for a reason...
  • 39% of voters (35)
    Anything but retail! (ski club, group rate, package deal, early purchase)
  • 27% of voters (24)
    Sometimes retail, sometimes less
  • 26% of voters (23)
    I don't pay for lift tickets (work for the mtn. or hike for your turns)
88 Total Votes  
post #31 of 46
A domestic season pass.
I do some (publicity, marketing) work for the company. I charge them for my work, they charge me for the pass. Up to now both sums have been equal. To have it crystal clear there really are bank transfers.
Last year there was slightly less work than what the pass was worth, a year before I did substantially more.
The pass is also good in 6 smaller Austrian resorts but I only used this once.

A year pass (Sept 1 - Aug 31) in Austria, good on two glaciers and in two other small resorts. Retail, no early purchase discount (when? in July it was not avaulable yet) but it´s so ridiculously inexpensive that you don´t mind.

When occasionally visiting other resorts I either get free tickets (long time friends, on business there) or have some racer discount on the race day.
Other trips than that would be with retail prices.

There was (still is?) an extremely discounted day ticket on the Austrian Kitzsteinhorn glacier (that with the tragedy and 150 victims) against the international press card but I only used it once many years ago.
post #32 of 46
Well lets see, I'll play...

When I ski Aspen, I ski for free...

When I ski Bachelor I buy an express pass for 20-25 bucks which gives me 5 bucks off a lift ticket every day I ski there and a couple heavily discounted days mid season.

For crystal, I buy a five pass, which discounts at about 5 bucks a day. 200 bucks for five days.

Everything else is retail. (when I ski utah, baker, or BC: red, and whitewater are cheap tickets in comparison to most.
post #33 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Phil: You get a discount at non-affiliated resorts by showing a pass from a competitor? I wasn't aware of this option.

Will our Sun Peaks passes get us discounts anywhere else?
I have no idea which ones work where, just the ones I've used. There is a network of places that do it.
Stevens Pass will honor Mt. Baker passes for 20% off but Mt. Baker won't honor anyone else's pass as far as I know. I used my pass at Silver Star last year for a discount, and my Stevens Pass one worked at Mission Ridge the year before (when it was owned by Harbor Properties) but they wouldn't take my Baker pass. The Stevens Pass pass works at Whistler, but you can get the same deal at the Squamish 7-11. Etc.
post #34 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cirquerider
First guess...Sierra and Northstar? See you soon!
Sugarwood? catch me at the Wood.
Wait a minute...There is no night skiing where I go. Where do you ski?

At $299/pass can we really not do 2 for 3 mountains?
Mtn. High.
post #35 of 46
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Canyons
To me, everyone is paying retail, unless he/she is an industry insider, or has some form of special connections. If the rate is available to the general public, then that rate is RETAIL. Early purchase of seasons pass doesn't count. Getting a discout on your ticket, because you purchased a pair of skis from Joe's Ski Shop doesn't count. Neither does getting a discount because you purchased a mid-week pass. Area employees, ski instructors, employees of manufacturers, Ski shop employees, owners of resorts, friends/relatives/dealers and lovers of owners of resorts all pay less than retail. Not me. I am happy to contribute to the coffers of the local mountain establishment. Besides, give these "insiders" their due. God knows that many of them don't earn shat, and any leg up they can get is a bonus.
What about ski clubs, Canyons? Those rates are available to the general public, because you have to join the club and pay dues for the privilege of purchasing tickets at a discounted rate. For example, the club my family belonged to (and my parents are still involved) charged dues of $35/yr. Tickets, or vouchers if you want to get technical about it, to all the major Eastern areas ranged from $28-$39. Aside from the obvious initial savings, another nice aspect is that members may return unused vouchers at the end of the season, then re-purchase them the following season for the initial price + whatever the voucher price has increased by. So if you bought 10 tickets @ $39 but only used 8, you could return the 2 unused vouchers at the end of the season. The following October, you could re-buy them for $40 or $41'ish. Not a bad deal at all.
post #36 of 46
I guess. However, to me, if I find a 10% off coupon for Joe's Ski Shop (from wherever), and use it to pay for a pair of skis, I would still consider that I paid retail. If, on the other hand, my bro owns Joe's, and he sells me a pair of Gotama for, oh, $410, then that is something other than retail. I could be wrong, and probably am, but to me, retail is something other than the amount paid by the general public.
post #37 of 46
poll flawed!!
instead of retail, should be full window price.
post #38 of 46
Chamber pass, paid for by my business, or hike.
post #39 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by MilesB
Mtn. High.
This was video from last year. http://www.mthigh.com/video/
post #40 of 46

Reciprocal Discounts for Season Passes

Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Phil: You get a discount at non-affiliated resorts by showing a pass from a competitor? I wasn't aware of this option.

Will our Sun Peaks passes get us discounts anywhere else?
They do have reciprocal arrangements with other hills. I couldn't find anything on their site but I have seen them listed on two other sites.

Here is the reciprocal list from Powder Springs Ski Hill (Northern BC):

Murray Ridge - Ft. St. James - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Misery Mountain - Peace River - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Hemlock Valley Resort - Harrison Hot Springs - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Manning Park Resort - Hope - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Mt Washington Alpine Resort - Courtney - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Crystal Mountain Resorts - Westbank - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Fairmont - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Marmot Basin - Jasper - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Ski Smithers - Smithers - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Apex Mountain - Penticton - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Bear Mountain -Dawson Creek - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Big White - Kelowna - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Cypress Mountain - West Vancouver - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Ski Fernie - Fernie - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Kicking Horse -Golden - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Kimberley Mountain - Kimberley - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Panorama -Invermere - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Silver Star - Vernon -25% off Lift Day tickets
Shames Mountain - Terrace - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Sun Peaks - Sun Peaks - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Whitewater Resort - Nelson - 50% off Lift Day tickets
Marmot Basin - 25% off Lift Day tickets
Lake Lousie - 25% off Lift Day tickets


It's very common to have at least a 25% discount on other hills up here if you have a lift ticket on a single hill. My Sunshine Pass works with about 15 other hills in Alberta and BC (as well as Big Mountain in Montana). I've also checked out the Mt. Washington site, and they have reciprocal arrangements with many BC mtns. It doesn't look like Whistler is part of their deal though.

Both RCR and Sunshine/Marmot also offer discount cards (Day 1, 3 and 7 free in addition to the discount last year) and I believe Panorama and Kicking Horse have similar programs. In a pinch the AMA (affiliate of AAA) has some discounted tickets available here. It also is possible to buy an Entertainment Guide Book that should have coupons for midweek discounts (buy one get one free, or at a 50% discount). I believe it's possible to order those online. One final option--look for accommodation that has a ski and stay bundle.

Actually, I think I've only paid full price once in the last three years (110 days).
post #41 of 46
Big Mountain will honor ANY season pass as far as I know. I used my PA season pass the first time I skied there to get charged half day rates for full days. I was able to buy the six day pass this way, so I didn't have to go back to the counter each day. I have also used a Big Mountain pass to get discounts I think at all the MT areas that I have been to, except maybe Snowbowl (? - not sure, I think there was one two years ago that wouldn't give me a break).

I also hear that Mountain Creek in NJ gives discounts to other areas, but naturally I heard this after paying full fair there for each time I went to watch my daughter race!!! They sure didn't volunteer the info.
post #42 of 46
Pick up my pass at the end of the season for the following season. I get 33% off the regular price which also entitiles me to 25% off day passes to a number of other resorts. We also have a discount book I pick up every year for 45.00 which includes discounts on food, equipment, lodging and 2 for one day passes to 10 different resorts.

I save a pile of money doing it this way... Wish I could ski for free but I don't see that happening anytime soon..

Only in Canada..EH!!

Gnjantzie- Looks like we do all the same things for discounts and ski the same places. If your every interested in doing some turns in The WILD WEST let me know, I ski 3 days a week midweek...
post #43 of 46
Question for Canyons?

If the window price is $50.00 and the discounted price from a sport shop is $45.00 and $45.00 is retail, what is the window price called?
"Retail plus?"
When we go to a resort, the windows all have lines waiting to buy a lift ticket. There are lots of folks who won't bother with looking for a discounted ticket.
post #44 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by pheft
I have no idea which ones work where, just the ones I've used. There is a network of places that do it.
Stevens Pass will honor Mt. Baker passes for 20% off but Mt. Baker won't honor anyone else's pass as far as I know. I used my pass at Silver Star last year for a discount, and my Stevens Pass one worked at Mission Ridge the year before (when it was owned by Harbor Properties) but they wouldn't take my Baker pass. The Stevens Pass pass works at Whistler, but you can get the same deal at the Squamish 7-11. Etc.
Mt Baker will not recriprocate with any other area - they even got burned on the gold pass, so they will no longer honor that. Some areas will honor recriprocal passes, others will honor all passes.

There is at least one area - I won't mention where - that lets me ski free just because they like me. And in further good news, I just found out I'm getting free family passes at another area.
post #45 of 46
About $4.36 per day.

$349 pass/80 days.
post #46 of 46
I started the "clip ticket" thread knowing full well that many of the Epic skiers got discounted tickets. I had my thoughts and wanted to get some perspective on what others believed. Overall, I feel there was some consensus.

I get my ticket--"free" but is it really? I teach because I like to teach, but there are some days I would rather ski alone, not teach, (Usually fresh snow is involved) I don't do it, I rationalize it by thinking...I am getting a season pass as pay. Our pay is 5.50 an hour before taxes and we only get "paid" for the lesson, not standing in line for 1/2 hour before the lesson, or standing in line 45 minutes and not getting a lesson. I guess the way I look at those who sell clipped tickets....if everyone paid "some amount of money" maybe not full retail, to the mountain, maybe they 1)would pay me more or 2) discount others tickets or 3) improve snow/mountain conditions or 4) all of the above and more. But that is another thread that has been discussed at length.

PSIA discounts at other mountains,,,again this is something earned as I see it. Many times we have to ask permission or have letters signed to get this. I opt to use this as little as possible, our SAM is very busy and then you might have to deal with the...."well we really need you on MLK weekend, I know your not scheduled but we would rather see you work for us" No letter, no discount and SAM knows why you are not teaching MLK weekend. This has not happened to me, just something I have heard about and/or thought about. I am committed to my mountain, but I also like to go away skiing, I work my schedule and then some, but then feel guilty knowing that my instructor friends are dying with 10 per lesson or more because I went away. To me, discounts or skiing free at other mountains is akin to "Leave" for the military. Get away from here, go ski where no one knows you, recharge your batteries, then come back and we will have a better instructor.
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