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Poll Results: How Did You Pay For Your Skiing

 
  • 54% (81)
    Season pass
  • 23% (35)
    Work related comps
  • 14% (22)
    Daily lift tickets
  • 4% (7)
    Punch card or short term deal
  • 2% (4)
    Part of trip package
149 Total Votes  
post #31 of 49
The Tahoe Sampler is a good deal. For average of $38 each coupon(book of 6), you can ski in 7 different Tahoe resorts. The best ones are Squaw and Kirkwood. Of course, Northstar is a default on a windy days. I bought two books this season.
post #32 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarkulich1
don't you get bored? I guess not. No insult intended, but I'd much rather spice it up with a variety of places. Then again, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is....
Boredom averted thusly:

Raced 10 days at Caberfae, raced and/or skied at Nub's Nob 8 days, skied at Boyne Highlands 2 days, skied at Searchmont 2 days.

All other days 40+ ? spent racing and skiing at Crystal, and with a season pass you don't feel like you get dinged if you only go for an hour or two.

When boredom hits, RACE!!
post #33 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by volklgirl
Boredom averted thusly:

Raced 10 days at Caberfae, raced and/or skied at Nub's Nob 8 days, skied at Boyne Highlands 2 days, skied at Searchmont 2 days.

All other days 40+ ? spent racing and skiing at Crystal, and with a season pass you don't feel like you get dinged if you only go for an hour or two.

When boredom hits, RACE!!
Ah-ha! Maybe I should reconsider my definition of "days skiing." I don't count just going out for a race. Hmmm. That could add up.

If I can't race, I'm happy to make my own tracks down through some uncharted paths....(I'll leave it at that).

So I added five new ski area pins to my hat this year. For a while I was racing the bankruptcy court here in the northeast to ski at an area before it went to the undertaker.... I think I finally qualify to be a ski review writer.
post #34 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarkulich1
don't you get bored? I guess not. No insult intended, but I'd much rather spice it up with a variety of places. Then again, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is....
Actually, no. Skied a total of 73 days, 70 at Big Mountain (3000 acres). Added some new trails I'd never hit the previous two seasons, but have quite a few I've never tried.

Since a lot of the skiing here is not on "trails", there's always a different line through the trees or the bowl to try and the changing conditions add to the variety.

Then again, I skied Camelback in the Poconos (125 acres or so) for 27 years and you weren't allowed off trail, so obviously I have a high tolerance for boredom.
post #35 of 49
I think I would be bored skiing more than one day at some areas - but could easily knock down a season at whistler or alta-bird without wanting to ski anywhere else. As for us - we have only 1500 vertical feet and 1,000 acres - but we have 800 inches of snow so far, and some 20,000 acres of easily accessible OB, if you only count what is within a day hike. I'd wager that alone is more skiing than the many entire states have. So 40-50 days here, i still feel like I don't get everything done I'd like to in a season.
post #36 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarkulich1
don't you get bored? I guess not. No insult intended, but I'd much rather spice it up with a variety of places. Then again, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is....
The really neat thing about skiing the same place day in day out for a full season is getting to really experience ALL the nuances and "moods" of the mountain and the trails. Especially in this day and age of snowmaking and grooming. It never skiis exactly the same twice.
post #37 of 49
30 days on ASC all-east pass. Paid for time at Stowe for ESA East (dare I say ETU?) and one extra day at Stowe on Monday with Oboe.
post #38 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarkulich1
don't you get bored? I guess not. No insult intended, but I'd much rather spice it up with a variety of places. Then again, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is....
ASC all-east pass is good at: Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Attitash, Mount Snow, Pico and Killington.
post #39 of 49
Thread Starter 
I wasn't going to get in the middle of "isn't it boring to ski only the same place all the time", but Stache really makes a great point about appreciating the nuances of terrain and conditions by spending a lot of time in one place.
post #40 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stache
The really neat thing about skiing the same place day in day out for a full season is getting to really experience ALL the nuances and "moods" of the mountain and the trails. Especially in this day and age of snowmaking and grooming. It never skiis exactly the same twice.
I would expect that snowmaking and grooming tend to make a mountian more predictable rather than less. One of the reasons I like my local mountain so well is the absense of both.

For us, nuances are more about the unfolding of new terrain as sufficient snowfall makes it skiable. There are runs here that take a minimum of 500" seasonal and a base of 150" to open. Of course those runs are neither on the trail map nor groomable.
post #41 of 49
FLAWED!

There's nothing to tick for 'selling house' to afford ASC pass and ESA at Aspen!
post #42 of 49
1) season pass that comes with the job
2) knowing low people in high places
post #43 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarkulich1
don't you get bored? I guess not. No insult intended, but I'd much rather spice it up with a variety of places. Then again, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is....
There are people who call themselves hardcore who only ski 1 or 2 weeks a year. A lot of people with passes ski 30 days+ at their local hill, and also ski another 20+ elsewhere.

I worked for a ski tour company for over 10 years, hotel, meals, lift ticket and sometimes bar tab for free, and come home Sunday night with a paycheck. I also skied other areas on my own and got lift tickets for free/discounted through the ski company. Averaged 65-80 days a year.

When I quit the tour company, I rented a group house in the mountains and bought a seasons pass. For $1600 or so, 70 days of lodging and lift tickets were paid for. I also bought a spring pass at Killington when available, and took 2 or 3 weeklong trips out west and/or northern Vermont for an average total of 120 days a year. I did that for an additional 10+ years.

I joined ski patrol several years ago. still get a pass at ASC, still travel several weeks a year with a discounted/free lift ticket wherever I go, and still average 120 days a year.

Not counting my 75 or so days at my local hill, I get 20-30 days at Killington, and 20-30 days at mountains that I rarely or never ski at. All that adds up to 3+ seasons for a lot of people every year. I've skied in every noteworthy (for skiing) state in the U.S. multiple times, Europe and N.Z.
Plus the fact that my local hill has challenging terrain, and being in the northeast, every day is totally different. So, No, I don't get bored.
post #44 of 49
Teach full time, so 105 days at my area plus 18 days at other areas with a letter of introduction, most were comp and a few were discounted tickets.

RW
post #45 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by chuckc
1) season pass that comes with the job
2) knowing low people in high places
(1) season pass that comes with the job, check.
(2) knowing high people in low places, check.
(3) save $ all summer for pass and skis, check.
post #46 of 49
Season pass this year......and got a credit due to my injury so the pass is only half price for next season....
post #47 of 49
As my husband says, "I actually hate to ski, but I'm too cheap to pass up a bargain." (NOT!!!!)

Anyway, I paid for 32 days with a mid week season pass I bought at my home area for $260. That brings my cost per day to less than eight bucks.

The days I skied at other areas I used discount passes purchased on ebay.

What I like about a season pass is that if I only want to take a run or two, I can without paying a fortune. So if the day stinks, I can go home and wait it out. I wouldn't do that if I had to pay full price for a lift ticket.
post #48 of 49
I ski on passes from working in an ski area,


However--I know someone who purchased a $500 jeep--it ran but not so good it would make it to the mountains. A few yrs back he used his Jeep registration to ski for free at noted North Eastern resorts. Jeep apparantely sponsored this...He got one day's worth of skiing at about 15 resorts. He said it worked for about 3 yrs. That is a good investment. They no longer have this? Do they? I could definitely purchase a jeep, put it on blocks, not insure it and for the cost of registration---ski free up North.
post #49 of 49
We use American money to buy daily tickets.
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