Originally Posted by Yuki
Dawg .... Shops are in New Jersey on the feeder roads to the hills in PA. It seemed like each shop would have a co-op deal with a local hill, one in New York and then one in Vermont.
Like I said my kid got in lots of night ski action last season and all for free.
Wacky world when it comes to local policies. Up north and west instructors and families get the full pass while we Pocono instructors just got .... "passed over". I never got a free day ..... yeah there was one but I got it for working a race under bad conditions ... but that's race not instructing.
Makes sense. Around here, we have a monopoly; if you are vacationing in Central Oregon, there is a 99% chance you are skiing at Mt. B. There isn't any reason for the mountain to hook up shop people: what are we going to do; tell people to drive 3 hours and ski at Hood (which they just passed by on their way to Central Oregon)? A friend who works at a hotel in Truckee gets to ski free at Northstar, Alpine, or discounted rates at Squaw. I am sure they want references to their hill, as you describe. Seems like a smart business plan.
Maybe that is why so many locals get frustrated with Bachelor: monopolies have little incentive to change their ways. Although, they have been working on it the past year or so, after enough bad press basically started not only to anger the locals, but caused tourists to stop showing up.
The little areas within a 1.5 hour drive do give us free shop passes, but it is tied to a ski marketing organization membership which is very affordable. Overall, a very good deal, if you don't mind spending $25 in gas to get there and back.
Maybe what you describe has been curtailed to include only full-time employees. It probably sucks if the ski area has to give out passes to every high school kid that works 2 days a month and would otherwise be purchasing a pass. I could see a program in place for those who work over, say 25 hours a week. I know with our industry deals, it is predicated on "full-time" employment, although not everyone requires a pay stub that proves it. More of an honor system.