Originally Posted by brooklyngal
I am not disagreeing with you, but my post was for the working family who cannot pay "per person"
for each night but who enjoy skiing. When my kids are on school breaks in the winter, as a family we would be unable to go skiing, because the prices are high at Sugarloaf. Plus they have resort fees that add to the prices. Sugarloaf is great (and I am a huge supporter as well), but not for the ordinary working family.
I won't disagree with you that prices are high on school and Xmas breaks, but they are high every place. I am the working family and I take the whole family wife, 2 kids on vacation skiing. We do it on non holiday times for ski weeks. That is where it is affordable for me. The kids missing school for a week is not going to alter their life especially grade school. Where I live I can choose any mountain from Stratton to Stowe all with in 1 1/2 hours but I still choose to drive 5 1/2 hours( with kids in the back) to go to Sugarloaf to vacation. One of the main reasons is the affordability of their on slope lodging.The other is it is a great mountain. Once that is paid all my skiing and use of the health club / pool is included. I don't know about any other resort fees you are talking about.I only go there to ski.
In full disclosure I will say I have not been since it was sold to Boyne but when I receive flyers from Sugarloaf it still looks like approximately the same deals.
The way I see it there is on slope where I put on my skis, ski down to a lift and then ski back at the end of the day. Then there is driving to a ski area and using the day lodge and parking lots. It really does not matter if I am 10 minutes or 2 hours away it is still a hassle at most big resorts to have to park, haul equipment, find a place in the lodge etc etc etc. The cost breakdown (when you figure a lift ticket to the big resorts is north of $75) for on slope at the Loaf with ticket included is around $85 is well worth it to me to have a relaxing vacation.