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Chicago/Wisconsin skiers- season pass where?

post #1 of 6
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I'm trying to figure out which hill I should get a season pass at for next year. I was originally thinking to get one somewhere small and close, so I could get out on weeknights, but with Cascade's pass being $200 cheaper than Alpine Valley's, I'm wondering if it might be worth it to get something I'd just use on weekends and random days off.

So where do you have your season pass? Pros? Cons?
post #2 of 6
Close is important. What good is a season pass if you don't use it?

Also, I don't think Cascade has their $200 season passes anymore. I think the new management has eliminated it. Their website shows a $380 season pass which is comparable to Alpine Valley's.

Wilmot's website shows a $320 pass or $250 if you have a group of 6.

If you want a cheap pass Mount Bohemia and Porcupine Mountain will be selling $99 passes on Dec. 8, 2007.

I drive the extra miles to Alpine Valley, rather than Wilmot, for the additional vertical and high speed lift.

I have mentioned it many times before, but the best lift ticket deal is the http://www.skiingwisconsin.com $70 coupon book.
post #3 of 6
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I had the coupon book this year, it was great. I'll probably get it again next year.

Cascade's selling their passes cheaper until July, $247 (you have to go to the ticket booth and get a ticket for each day) and $286 (direct to lift and free tubing) and other rates for restricted passes.

I think I'm going to go with a pass at Grand Geneva for $319. Close enough to get out to on weeknights, a decent rate, and they were open this year when a lot of places were closed. I hope that won't even be a consideration for next year though.
post #4 of 6
I just renewed my pass at Cascade. This is going to be my third year doing that. I'm either 100 miles and two hours to Alpine Valley, or 200 miles and three hours to Cascade. I figure the extra hour for me is worth driving to Cascade. If I was closer to Alpine Valley and could make use of it during the week I would definitely choose Alpine Valley. I love that AV has the high speed quad.
post #5 of 6
I would check out Chestnut, it has a little more pitch than DH or Alpine.
post #6 of 6
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I think I'm going to go with a pass at Grand Geneva for $319. Close enough to get out to on weeknights, a decent rate, and they were open this year when a lot of places were closed. I hope that won't even be a consideration for next year though.
Grand Geneva is a fun little place - but it is "little". AV is 10 miles further north.

I skied Grand Geneva this year when AV was closed (used my coupon book). I was shocked at all the snow they had. And even though it is small, they do a lot with what they have.

This should be a lesson to AV and Wilmot. If it is cold in December -- MAKE SNOW! AV started the season out great. They made snow 24 hours a day until all hills had an adequate base (helped by some natural snow). Then, even though the temperatures were well within range, they took a break, the weather warmed up, and they had to close their main runs during part of Christmas break.

Enjoy the season pass at Geneva. Remember, in March AV has 1/2 price lift tickets if you have a season pass at another resort.
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