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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
There is a how large is your quiver thread. I check it out for knowledge,curiosity, & amusement. TC has a variety of names for herself as a result of her ever growing quiver. The other day I heard the 6 day Kirkwood passes were $199. & I would have friends to ski with. I realized I could become a season pass hog. I was trying to figure out how many season passes I could buy on bargain prices since I rarely ski on Saturdays. Saturdays are a day off from skiing & the day my son's sports happen Aug-June/July. I may have a season pass problem vs an equipment buying problem.

This year was my 2nd season. I have a Sierra at Tahoe 7 day pass $219 & a Heavenly value pass $329 w/3 free days of Colo skiing which I will use in May at A-Basin. I got a lot of skiing in. I've renewed my SAT pass & included NorthStar for an extra $110. I may have to do the Heavenly or Vail resorts again for next year. Kirkwood is really tempting. I've paid for a few lift tickets as well. Passses in other areas for 1 resort can cost a whole lot more than I could pay for 08/09 for 4 Tahoe ski areas + some days in Colo.
I've known for many years I like freedom & independence on a bargain. So I'm wondering, am I the only pass hog around ? Are there more bargains to be had ? How many mountains,snow & ski buddies can a person be satisfied with ? Do I need to get a job in the industry to get more or better bargains? (unthinkable, I'm supposed to be retired & a 24hr mom)

I mean this to be a fun thread, but, informative would be good. Encouragement, well, good for skiing & friends, but for the budget? Addiction... maybe. Ooops, forgot to mention.. I only own 1 pair of boots, 1 pair (oh another being mounted) 2 pair of skis, 1 set of poles,helmet,etc. 1 pair of everything. Except... multiple season passes.
post #2 of 15
Ugh, I'm guilty of having a Pass quiver too.
Locally:
I have the unlimited Crystal Mountain(Michigan) Pass = $199.00/08 (239.00/09)
The Red Card(which is a discount card for Caberfae Peaks) costs a couple bucks, but easily saves me hundreds during the ski season.
I have the ABasin Bonus pass =$309/09(IIRC $359/09)
I may check into other options while I'm visiting next month.
post #3 of 15
Ain't no bargain, but Boyne USA next season is offering an unlimited pass for all its ski areas for something like $1500. That includes Big Sky in Montana, Brighton in Utah, Crystal and Snoqualamie in Washington, Cypress in BC, Sugar Loaf and Sunday River in Maine, Loon in NH and last, but not least, the two little Boyne resorts in MI. If you buy the top pass for any individual resort, I think you get some free days at any of the others as long as you book lodging through those resorts, and/or free days at resorts like Brighton that have no lodging.

I get a free pass for myself and my wife for teaching at Boyne, MI, that is good for a few days at the other resorts. We also purchased Colorado passes last week while in Breckenridge because we want to go back to Summit County once or twice next season.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post
Ain't no bargain, but Boyne USA next season is offering an unlimited pass for all its ski areas for something like $1500. That includes Big Sky in Montana, Brighton in Utah, Crystal and Snoqualamie in Washington, Cypress in BC, Sugar Loaf and Sunday River in Maine, Loon in NH and last, but not least, the two little Boyne resorts in MI. If you buy the top pass for any individual resort, I think you get some free days at any of the others as long as you book lodging through those resorts, and/or free days at resorts like Brighton that have no lodging.

I get a free pass for myself and my wife for teaching at Boyne, MI, that is good for a few days at the other resorts. We also purchased Colorado passes last week while in Breckenridge because we want to go back to Summit County once or twice next season.
The Boyne Unltd. Pass is $1799.00 now and TBD later.
post #5 of 15

Pass Quiver

911 Over. TAHOE North v isitors authority used to have a pass you could buy that had 2 lifts tickets to every N tahoe resort, you had to buy it early and it was a heck of a deal. I got one every year. Can't remember the name of the pass and don't know if they even have it anymore but you can check to see. The price was very good and sorta forced you to ski everywhere.

Its still winter here, snowing today at my house 2200 ft. Must be NORTHERN Idaho. Hi
post #6 of 15
I used to have a pass quiver. Not anymore.

I went the part-time industry job route. To ski multiple areas in the Front Range of Colorado you have three choices: Intrawest, Vail Resorts, Everybody else.

The Vail Resort employee pass gets get you skiing at all Vail Resorts areas, I don't know but assume it includes Heavenly. I also assume that it come with family passes too.

Intrawest includes Winter Park, Copper Mtn, and Steamboat. You can get family passes for $10.00. You also get 5 days of free skiing at all Intrawest Resorts: Mountain Creek, Mt. Tremblant, Panorama, Snowshoe, Stratton, and Whistler/Blackcomb (I'm eyeing Whistler). In addition, most non-VR resorts honor most other non-VR employee passes. So, we get free skiing at places like Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk, Crested Butte, Durango Mountain, Eldora, Loveland, Sunlight, A-Basin and Telluride. Dependents ski at each of these resorts with a 50% ticket discount.

It was an easy choice for me.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Pete, I think that is like the Tahoe 6 pak ? I missed it this year, but definately will be looking for it this Summer. Don't think I'll need to be "forced" as it doesn't take much incentive for me to meet up & ski w/someone outside of my home mountain(s). Thanks for the reminder. Not unlimited skiing, but better priced lift tickets ? Good to hear it is still snowing for you ! Way cool. Snowed in Tahoe just less than 2 weeks ago as well. Lifts are still running.
post #8 of 15
I maintain a pass at Mt. Baker, my very local area, and a midweek and nights pass at Stevens Pass where I have a cabin. I also have the discount card (whatever it's called) at Whistler which I get with my Stevens Pass pass.
post #9 of 15
I get a Copper Mountain pass for coaching which I could upgrade for a certain amount to include Winter Park but don't because I hate driving Berthoud pass. I either get for coaching or purchase a Colorado Pass every year.
post #10 of 15
I usually get a Copper / Winter Park pass as well as the Colorado Pass.

And a 4-pack for Loveland.

Plus, I buy 4-packs of lessons at WP.

Next year, I'll probably upgrade to the Epic pass, so I may downgrade somewhere else.

That Epic pass suuuuurrrrrre seems expensive, though.

I am generally embarrassed to tell people about my season pass 'problem'!
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by lurking bear View Post
I usually get a Copper / Winter Park pass as well as the Colorado Pass.

And a 4-pack for Loveland.

Plus, I buy 4-packs of lessons at WP.

Next year, I'll probably upgrade to the Epic pass, so I may downgrade somewhere else.

That Epic pass suuuuurrrrrre seems expensive, though.

I am generally embarrassed to tell people about my season pass 'problem'!
I think you get the Pass Fanatic Award. I've heard of folks getting the Colorado Pass, and Lovelend Pass (as we did).

But, you're the first dude I've known to go for Intrawest, Vail Resorts, a Loveland 4-pack, and 4-pack lessons at WP.

That's serious commitment.

We upgraded to the Epic Pass this year. Almost everything, gift-wrapped for $570 is an easy choice. Compared with what most people pay for passes, it's a boon.

I'd love to also ski Copper and Steamboat. But, with 5 mountains via Epic Pass, plus Heavenly, it was getting over-the-top.

We'll also go for a Loveland 4-pack next year, instead of the Pass. Loveland was just too friggen c-c-cold most days in mid-winter. Merciless.

But, for early season, Loveland's 4-pack is well worth it.
post #12 of 15
Last few years I've gone the four pack route. This year, because friend/family were coming in for two diff weeks I got a lot of transfour cards (Copper/MJ/WP) for eveyone (and used every day!) I also had four packs for Aspen, Keystone/A-basin.

This April I got the A-basin bonus pass for the rest of this year and next as well. I will also get more four packs prob for MJ, Aspen and maybe Loveland.
post #13 of 15
I need an advise for an out-of-stater intending to ski in Colorado.

I plan to do two trips to Summit County with my daughter next season: pre-Christmas and late Spring. Both times, 5-6 days on the snow. It seems like A-Basin bonus pass makes all the sense for us, while Epic pass is a bit too expensive. A-Basin bonus pass includes 1 day in Vail/BC and 4 more in Keystone/Breck, which would be a great addition to A-Basin being the base.

For pre-Christmas trip, we will have more people in the party - probably for 4-6 days total. I still cannot figure out, what is a better deal: Peak 4 out of 6 or 3 out of 5 passes, which you can buy online - or quads, which I was told will be available in local stores when the season comes. Will these be avaialble in mid-December, or it is better to buy online beforehand?

I will appreciate any response.
post #14 of 15
At $1449 for a full Squaw pass there will be no pass quiver, unless you count climbing skins.
post #15 of 15
Had the Colorado Pass last year. Will upgrade to Epic for next season. Will also renew my season pass at Mount Snow in Vermont (have a condo there). Coloradans are clearly spoiled: $570 for the Epic pass is the Deal of the Century when you consider the access and acerage available. I'll pay almost as much ($525 w/tax included) for a pass at Mount Snow that gives me 600 acres and a "peak" of 3600 ft. (1900 vertical feet) And that's with half as much snow (in a good year) and lots of winter rain and ice thrown in for free. I'm not complaining. That's just the way it is.
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