Doesn't anybody see the trend here? All of you who have won are from a considerable distance away; the resorts are no longer interested in the day-skier.
To be sure, Capital District skiers pour out of here each weekend to the NY and VT areas. However, we are unlikely to buy the 2-nite minimum stay and frequent the restaurants. I'm on the road @ 6:00 and home by 4:00 and usually eat home. Also, I bring my own lunch because the food prices are just stupid at the resort! I'll bet they pay the same or less for the frozen patties as the diner 20 miles away. The same Cisco truck supplies 'em both.
What really hits home in the last number of years is the disappearance of the day lodge amenities and parking. It's the same thing out West as I've observed when I go to Vail or some other big resort to leave my contribution to their economy, (Beaver Creek is a real challenge). The folks from Denver have to park, (and pay!!), in the boonies and then have to deal with a lack of day-lodges to simple change into their boots. Same as us here!
I guess we don't provide what corporate deems to be enough return by simply purchasing a season pass or single day tickets.
OK, I'm done ranting...I still love the sport, just get annoyed at certain unjustices!
: (Getting older and cranky