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post #1 of 16
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I was riding up the gondola with a couple guys and i heard them saying that next to deer valley stratton is the most expensive mountain in the u.s.a.: Does any know if this is true??
post #2 of 16
Nope. that would be Vail at $81.00, DV is "only74.00". Stowe rings in at $76.00 but that gets you 8am to 9 pm. I would imagine if the weather heare in the east keeps getting warmer, you will see $100.00 tickets to cover the cost of snowmaking.
post #3 of 16
I think if you look at expenses as a whole ... Stratton may be up there.

The cost of a lift ticket is one thing but just buying breakfast was an eye opener. The coffee was good and it was strong, not the usual anemic "mountain brew", but my eyes were bugged out just when I got the bill.

Don't get me started on the high price I paid for a basement room at the mountain hotel!
post #4 of 16
Flatton is $72 so they are right up there with the ones already mentioned. They have very clean bathrooms.
post #5 of 16
I am not sure what a pass is at Stratton, but an Okemo pass is honored there, Midweek is only 275.00
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee
Flatton is $72 so they are right up there with the ones already mentioned. They have very clean bathrooms.
They would have to PAY ME 72 bucks to ski there!!
post #7 of 16
Almost no one pays the walkup price to ski at Stratton. They have lots of lift & lodging deals, and if you buy the Stratton-Okemo midweek season pass and get up to Vt for a week in Jan & a week in Feb, you'll ski for less than $30/day. My club has Stratton vouchers for $45.
post #8 of 16
I had an exchange with someone in their marketing department a few years back when they were the most expensive in the US. One of the responses I got said something like "We think Stratton provides a skiing experience UNPARALLELED in North America". (emphasis mine)

My response pointed out that Copper, Mammoth, Whistler, and Winter Park would blow Stratton away in any category, and that those were just Intrawest owned resorts. I got no reply back...

I think they try to set the day ticket price high enough to discourage day-trippers, without falling into the "highest" category. As noted Vail and BC are $81, Aspen is $78.
post #9 of 16
When someone complains to me about the high cost of skiing, I always look our sport in a cost per hour basis then compare it to other activities. Here is how this discussion usually goes - it's a great bar topic that gets proportionally better with beers consumed.

Skiing $75 a day for 6 hours is $15/hr.

Compare to:

Movies - $12 - 15/ticket plus snack is $10-15/hr. (sitter not included)

Drinking in pub - $5 - 6/beer @ approx. 1 beer every 45 minutes + wings is approx. $10/hour.

Reading hard cover novel $50 for 10 hours $5/hr.

Golf Varies wildly. $40 - $100/round for 6 hours ranges from approx. $10-20/hr.

Squash $15 for a court for 45 minutes is $10/hr.

Dinner out for 2 $100 with wine for 2 hour meal is $25/hr

Concerts or plays $50-$200 ticket for three hour experience is $15-$50/hr.

So look at it that way and for entertainment value skiing is not expensive when compare to other alternatives.

Of course my math is not solid and I took liberties here and there but I think when you look at bang versus buck skiing is great value. I sort of side with the thinking that I spend a lot of money on skiing and the rest of my money is wasted.

When you compare the costs of all sports at a rate for hour I think the most expensive would be water skiing/wake boarding. Add up all the expenses and divide by number of runs (or turns, or whatever you call it) and the cost is huge.

Activities like mountain biking or non-technical climbing would be cheapest.

Of course TV is the cheapest activity but do you really want to look back 10 years from now and reflect on blowing off a day in the mountains to take in a rerun of Faulty Towers?
post #10 of 16
[quote=goriders]When someone complains to me about the high cost of skiing, I always look our sport in a cost per hour basis then compare it to other activities. Here is how this discussion usually goes - it's a great bar topic that gets proportionally better with beers consumed.

Skiing $75 a day for 6 hours is $15/hr.

Compare to:

Movies - $12 - 15/ticket plus snack is $10-15/hr. (sitter not included)

Reading hard cover novel $50 for 10 hours $5/hr.


Wow, in Maine,Vt or Mass we pay $6-9 for a movie tik. if you don't buy a small bag of popcorn for $5 it's $3-5/hr

My wife reads the newest books but she gets them from the library $0/hr
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee


Wow, in Maine,Vt or Mass we pay $6-9 for a movie tik. if you don't buy a small bag of popcorn for $5 it's $3-5/hr

My wife reads the newest books but she gets them from the library $0/hr
You can never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
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You can never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Yuki
I think if you look at expenses as a whole ... Stratton may be up there.

The cost of a lift ticket is one thing but just buying breakfast was an eye opener. The coffee was good and it was strong, not the usual anemic "mountain brew", but my eyes were bugged out just when I got the bill.

Don't get me started on the high price I paid for a basement room at the mountain hotel!
We got a deal for a weekend at Stratton before Christmas. The lodging/ski package was a good value. We too found the village to be pretty expensive -- especially in terms of value for the product. Wouldn't say we'd never go back, but it would take a heck of a lodging deal to convince us to return.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by tumbler
One of the responses I got said something like "We think Stratton provides a skiing experience UNPARALLELED in North America". (emphasis mine)
It's true; the level of crapiness at its price level is unparalleled.
post #15 of 16
With Stratton just up the road, I have skied there "er.. a little.
It used to be "chamber daze" when the local Chamber of commerce would set up the passes, $20 and all I had to do was put my name on the list. I think this program got nixed because employers were upset that too many employees were calling in sick those days ;-(

Then there were some "ticket books". You know the kind. Dinners lodging activities etc. That usually meant about a $35 ticket. My kids got a fun lesson on one of those deals.

Now, I never go there. The big easy. Haven't been there for 4 years and the last time it was for a NSP ski and toboggon skills training. No Charge.

When the snow is good, Stratton skis nice, when it's cold, the gondola is a welcome ride.

Walking up cold to the ticket window would be a show stopper for me.

CalG
post #16 of 16
At Snowshoe, WV (another Intrawest Resort) lift tickets prices are $67. Bill Rock who use to run Stratton has moved to WV and is now running up all the costs at the Shoe. Lodging costs at the Shoe rival the costs of lodging out west.

The one good thing about the mountains of West Virginia is that they get more snow than Stratton.
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