Don't trash the beloved Ski Sundown!
Originally Posted by epic
That pass is expensive, but think about how much money you have to spend on snowmaking in Connecticut. Do those places listed in Monatana have any snowmaking at all?
Originally Posted by bmordski
Yea I'll agree that it seems like a lot to be shelling out for a season pass. But being from CT myself, I know that the price of electricity has doubled in the past couple of years and CL&P is asking for an additional 27% increase in prices. Do the math, snowmaking, lifts, lights - the business is essentially too electricity dependant to be economically fiesable in the state. When I lived in CT I worked 1 day a week at Powder Ridge to get my season pass which I used on weekdays between weekend trips to VT - My good student pass to sugarbush was actually cheaper than what they wanted for a Powder Ridge Pass! - Last time I was back in CT the owner of Powder Ridge, the town of Durham and the operator of sundown were trying to work out a deal to keep the ridge open - operated by sundown and leased from the town. - When I left electricity costs were the main hurrdle to the deal - anyone know what ended up happening with that.
Well said. Don't forget about night skiing. Last year, Sundown managed 98 days with hours of operation equal to 164 eight hour days, despite the rough warm start. Pound for pound, Sundown puts out a quantity of snow that is on par with any of the other major snowmakers in the Northeast, including Hunter, Jiminy or even Killington.
There are other good pricing options besides the pass. Perhaps the best is the "pick-a-night" program where for $168 (before 10/31), you can ski a single weeknight each week all season long. Based on a conservative 15 weeks, you could ski for $11.20/night. Then ski a bigger mountain on the weekends. Another good option might be the $89 savings card which cuts lift ticket prices by as much as half. Based on how many days you think you can get in, you should be able to easily determine if the savings card or the season pass is the better deal.http://www.skisundown.com/passes/http://www.skisundown.com/programs/adults.php
Sundown does not currently own or operate Powder Ridge:http://skiing.alpinezone.com/article...resort=sundown
Word. Crack on Sundown all you want for being a small hill with limited vert, but they are top notch in terms of squeezing in terrain for everyone; from a separate beginner area with a small "learning" terrain park to a legit terrain park with HUGE elements that can compete with just about anyones; from mellow cruisers to a relatively steep (for CT) groomer. What I love most about the mountain though is it consistently seeds and maintains one hell of a great bump run:http://youtube.com/watch?v=g075nqlCgcQhttp://youtube.com/watch?v=nAIf-rBbvtEhttp://youtube.com/watch?v=T8eMpRSRP2c
Sure it's low-angle and short, but the bumps are legit and can easily keep me entertained for 4 hours at night once a week which is about how often I ski there. I consider myself extremely lucky to have something like that so close to home. Finally, due to the urging of the AlpineZone community, Sundown is going to hold a bump competition this season, the only one in Southern New England that I'm aware of:http://forums.alpinezone.com/17346-p...i-sundown.html
There are some crappy overpriced ski areas out there, but this ain't one of them. Don't trash this place.