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post #31 of 40
Ah, Mr. Prickly, c'mon that was just a little sandwich. Besides, it was nice to meet you there.
I'm looking forward to come up some more this season and ski with you if possible.
As for what Richie says I agree with you.
-Don't buy super-new stuff. Last year or the year models before will do!
I've put my eyes on a pair of Nordica Hot Rods (178) in a shop here. It's their last pair and they're been trying to sell it for the past three seasons. It's still there. It's being sold at 50% but it's still too high for me. So I patiently wait. If someone else will take it, sobeit. Did the same with my boots, waited and waited until the XT17 went out of production and then bought a new pair at a sale in a shop
-Same goes for the clothings. Only thing that I have not yet managed to buy at a discount are sunglasses, goggles and gloves. But the melon protector yes.
-Last year took an offer from a shop to go night skiing. The experience was new to me, I've found it entertaining and probably will repeat this winter. At 20€ (bus/coach and ski lift ticket) each time it's a gift. Pity they do it only 2/3 times a winter. (Of course this means I'll have to buy a headlamp (and will use a red flashing light -like those one mounts on bicycles - to signal where I am to those who are behind me..after being hit twice in the same night that's a must for me)
post #32 of 40
The only places I'm ever motivated to go based on deals are Kmart for Turkey day and JHole* at the tail end of the season when they sweeten the airfare.

The one exception to that was Kicking Horse in 2001 when the access out of Golden was still a Honda-eating mudholed logging road. Didn't regret it, but the skiing was meh** except at Louise.





*unfinished biznis dere

**every mogul had a log in it
post #33 of 40
Two that help feed my skiing hobby the biggest:

1) smaller car! It's less expensive to buy, less expensive to drive. And keep it for a year or two longer. By delaying buying a new car last year, the car payment I don't have to make pay for about half of my skiing expense, which consist of 40+ days including THREE trips out west and one trip to Europe!

2) smaller house! That's even bigger saving. The mortgage/rent I don't pay NOT ONLY let me ski more, buy more gear. Even my retirement account got fatter as a result. (the day of ever increasing house price is gone. It's not an "investment", it's just a HOUSE to live in!)
post #34 of 40
hiking for turns saves a bundle...
post #35 of 40
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
So do all of you, or most of you, make your ski plans based on the deals to be had, or what you want to ski and when you want to ski it?






Yes.






Season pass and group rents a house at Timberline, yeah it's a good deal and i can ski where i want when i want as long as it's timberline. Twenty-one days there last year cost me less than $40/day not counting travel or foods/drinks. There is always a deal somewhere without looking too hard. Pennsylavania Ski Area Assoc has a great deal that works at all areas in PA. Cost is $33 for a lift ticket but you have to buy 24, BlueKnob sold a six pack last year for $192. Last January for Smuggs we found a coupon on the internetz that was good for a lift ticket for fifty bucks. Most expensive ticket i paid for last year was on April 20 at Stowe, $54.00 but if we'd have had a couple cans of corn to donate to the soup kitchen, they knocked off $25 iirc.
post #36 of 40
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Okay, so I will add in another part of the post that was accidentally lost: So do all of you, or most of you, make your ski plans based on the deals to be had, or what you want to ski and when you want to ski it?
A little bit of both.

I ski WHERE I want. Then I look for deals specific to those places. The ones that are economical gets more time than those that are expensive. It works out.

I don't always ski WHEN I want.

- Some days I want to ski but there's no natural snow. I don't like to ski ice so I don't go.

- I get holiday off like everybody but I don't like to ski when it's all crowded. So I either go to a really out of way place or just a cheap place so I don't feel obligated to ski if condition is poor.

- If there's a dump on a weekend and I can't find a deal, I'll pay full price to ski WHEN I want to. But for majority of times, there ARE deals to be had so one gets to ski WHERE and WHEN one wants. Most of the time anyway.
post #37 of 40
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Okay, so I will add in another part of the post that was accidentally lost: So do all of you, or most of you, make your ski plans based on the deals to be had, or what you want to ski and when you want to ski it?

See I know I can get a good deal, but that would mean drastically changing my intended ski plans for the upcoming season.
Sometimes. For example, Belleayre has a load of special days where you can ski either free (on your b-day) or cheap ($10 passes during their week of winterfest). So pre-season I'll mark all the special days on my calendar and try to hit a few of those. Other mountains in the east do the same...check their websites. Win Stratton free passes if you plan to go there...easy to do.

Besides that, for passes -- multi-day passes for trips, season pass to local mt (Greek Peak, 35 minute drive so easy to get to after work to ski during the week).

Non-Pass $$ -- bring your own food. Stuff a sandwich and a couple pieces of fruit in your pockets. And a water bottle...fill it at fountain. That way, you maximize your ski time too -- stop for 15 minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon and you avoid the lunch crowd and you're skiing when everyone else is at lunch.

Rich, not bashing, but this stuff is common sense. Oh, and on trips...talk to locals to find places to eat cheap. In Steamboat we found the local taco place just by walking down the street in town and stopping a couple locals who looked friendly and asking where to get some good, inexpensive food.
post #38 of 40
I hike.

For most on this board that isn't very appealing.

The more I hike, the more I can't handle resorts.

I don't get a ton of runs in.

I do get solitude, exercise, untracked snow, and the ability to ski anything I like the looks of.

I don't have a lot of boards. I have a solid lift riding board. Its getting old, it only gets used 2-3 times a year.

I have my one splittie. It get's used a lot. I probably need a new one. But it's fine, it skins up the hill, it floats down the hill.

We'll take some homemade soup or a good RB/Turkey sandwich for lunch. Maybe a sushi roll. We'll have a beer or two we stashed in the snow by the car when we get back.

In spring we car camp somewhere a little further away then we like to drive. Which is usually half as far as some of the EC-ers have to drive.

A weekend most of the folks on this board would dig has a peak bag in Deso wilderness on the way to a campsite on HWY 50. Set up camp, cruise down a few miles for some wine tasting in the foothills. Cruise back up to camp. Wake up the next day and skin up a different hill on the way home.

It helps I'm only 20 minutes from the ol' usual trailhead.
post #39 of 40
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
Sometimes. For example, Belleayre has a load of special days where you can ski either free (on your b-day) or cheap ($10 passes during their week of winterfest). So pre-season I'll mark all the special days on my calendar and try to hit a few of those. Other mountains in the east do the same...check their websites. Win Stratton free passes if you plan to go there...easy to do.

Besides that, for passes -- multi-day passes for trips, season pass to local mt (Greek Peak, 35 minute drive so easy to get to after work to ski during the week).

Non-Pass $$ -- bring your own food. Stuff a sandwich and a couple pieces of fruit in your pockets. And a water bottle...fill it at fountain. That way, you maximize your ski time too -- stop for 15 minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon and you avoid the lunch crowd and you're skiing when everyone else is at lunch.

Rich, not bashing, but this stuff is common sense. Oh, and on trips...talk to locals to find places to eat cheap. In Steamboat we found the local taco place just by walking down the street in town and stopping a couple locals who looked friendly and asking where to get some good, inexpensive food.
This season I will try to employ some money sparing tactics. But while many things seem like common sense, they are not without some inconveniences. Bringing lunch means that its not hot and "fresh", and its just one more thing to lug around. Skiing with multiday, or season passes restricts where or when you can ski, etc. So in this thread I was trying to see what everyone does to make it happen, whether it be throwing money at the "problem" or making strategic decisions that allow for the 100 days of skiing. I could never (well, hopefully one day) ski 100 days with my current "high maintenance" ways.
post #40 of 40
No matter what the ultimate approach is, you can't be buying more than a handful of single-day lift tickets in a season, you just can't.
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