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Good deal - Bad deal or what deal with MSIA White Gold Card

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Just received a list of 28 Ski Areas in Michigan that will accept a White Gold Card for a one time only lift ticket per area for the 2009-10 season. Card cost is $189 and includes a one time tune up also.............. What are your thoughts?

post #2 of 10
 Are there really 28 ski areas in Michigan?  
post #3 of 10
The White Gold Card can be a great deal.  I've bought one most seasons for the last decade or so. If you live near Detroit, you get four days at the local molehills plus 6 to 7 days at the "better" resorts in Boyne Country.  That works out to less than $20 per ski day.  If you can swing a trip through the UP, you can drive the cost per day down even further.  Even if you don't use all the punches, it only takes three days at Nubs and the Boynes to break even.

If you're new to Michigan skiing, it's a great way to check out all the options and decide which hill you like best.  For myself, I've decided to stop buying it - I've got a pass at my favorite hill and I found that I was driving all over the place to ski at hills I didn't like as much because I'd already paid for a lift ticket. 

So, two big thumbs up for the White Gold card.  I've just outgrown it.


BTW, there are over 40 lift served downhill ski resorts in Michigan. Some are ridiculously small mom-and-pop operations and some are really really far away if you live in the Detroit area.  Only New York has more downhill ski areas than us. 
post #4 of 10
 Wow!  40 areas.  That's pretty cool!  You don't need a big hill to become great at things like Racing or Park.  I hope that the "Mom & Pop" areas all over the country are able to hold on.  It's insane what the big destination areas charge.  IMO many people who would like to ski get put off by the large areas.  For years Snow King had a $99 Season Pass.  I "think" the pre-season deal was $129 this year.  BTW I think there might be some great lesson opportunities at The King with skinerd being the freshly anointed SSD there.  Go Nerd!
post #5 of 10
You can still find lift tickets for under ten bucks and season passes for under a hundred in these parts. 

My favorite deal is just over the border in Canada at Searchmont - they offer friday night learn-to-ride packages for ten bucks which includes a beginner area lift ticket, rentals, and some instructors hanging around giving tips.

Several hills have a beginner area that's completely free.
post #6 of 10
Thanks to all that have vouched for Josh.  I've skied with Josh briefly and bought a pair of skis from him. Both experiences lead me to perceive him as a responsible and compassionate individual. not to mention an all out nice guy.  Based his online forum activity it is apparent that he cares a lot about his health.  Being a fitness conscious individual that he is, I doubt he would associate with the type of element that renters try to avoid. 

That said, what the heck are security deposits for if people have to endure the Spanish Inquisition just to rent a room?  Geezz!
post #7 of 10
huh? 
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Thanks to all that have vouched for Josh.  I've skied with Josh briefly and bought a pair of skis from him. Both experiences lead me to perceive him as a responsible and compassionate individual. not to mention an all out nice guy.  Based his online forum activity it is apparent that he cares a lot about his health.  Being a fitness conscious individual that he is, I doubt he would associate with the type of element that renters try to avoid. 

That said, what the heck are security deposits for if people have to endure the Spanish Inquisition just to rent a room?  Geezz!
 
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huh? 


Well, I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition.
post #9 of 10
i'm still perplexed as to how that fits this thread!

post #10 of 10
 Teton - last I knew Michigan had the second-most ski areas in the country (only New York has more). There are a lot of skiers here, and many of us are "good" at much more than racing or park. Not saying the skiers at my local mountain can hang with the JH crowd , but you might be surprised at the snow quality and the number of rippers. For kicks, check out this video from last year:  Deep Powder Skiing at Crystal Mountain, Michigan 
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