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My family is purchasing a condo at Stratton (spare me the negative Stratton comments) and I've been looking into season passes.  Anyone have any recommendations as to where I should purchase a Stratton season pass, or where I can get a discount?  I would imagine my only option is directly through Stratton.

 

I'll probably go for the $699 pass that is also accepted at Okemo.  My girlfriend is in grad school will try to get the college student pass, if she meets the criteria (which is "under construction" on stratton's website).

 

I figured I'd at least ask about this on EpicSki before I drop $1,400.  The advice given on the forums rarely lets me down!

 

Thanks,

 

Kevin


Edited by Kevin M - 8/12/10 at 1:56pm
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Killington, Magic, Mt. Snow, Sugarbush, MRG..............

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 Anyone have any recommendations as to where I should get a season pass....

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(spare me the negative Stratton comments)      I would imagine my only option is directly through Stratton.

 

I'll probably go for the $699 pass that is also accepted at Okemo. 

Thanks,

 

Kevin


Well regarding negative comments, your choices, it would seem, are Bromley, Magic, Mt. Snow and Okemo.  This pass gets you Okemo.  Bromley is too small and it is similar to Stratton, but you have a house at Stratton.  Mt. Snow has some steeper stuff on the north side, but it's not much better as a mountain.  Stratton has some great woods and it gets snow.

 

Seems obvious, but...

 

at those cheap prices you owe it to yourselves to ski other mountains, too.  Support Magic - cherry pick your days.  Get some days up north.

 

Skiing at Stratton for the whole season would not be good.
 

post #4 of 27

Stratton, Okemo.

 

Sorry bud....

post #5 of 27

Pay no attention (though you did ask!)

 

If you want to ski Stratton, ski Stratton!

 

The ability to mix it up a bit by heading up to Okemo or Sunapee will help get you through to Spring.

 

I get mine online before the rate increase, this is Oct. 11th this year I believe......

 

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post #6 of 27

And Magic is right up the road a piece. for those pow days. 

post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 

I think Stratton is a fine mountain.  Best in VT? No.  But its 3.5-4 hours from NYC has good lifts and always has snow.

 

I was really just thinking whether its worth it to get the Stratton/Okemo season pass or cherry pick days at resorts all around.

 

I actually like Bromely, so I will get a couple days there (tickets are only $55 with the discount card) and get a couple days at Magic.  The rest will be at Stratton/Okemo (I think Okemo is a great mountain).

 

Not a fan of Mt. Snow.

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Well Kev, I would love to see you spend some time over at Magic.  As someone who spends an insane amount of time up there in both the winter and summer, I'm positive I could show you some really fun stuff no matter what you're looking for!    

 

Personally, I'm not a fan of the madhouse the bigger resorts become during the weekends and holidays, it really gets in the way of the skiing.  If I were in your situation and about to spend $1400, I'd probably get the $699 pass good at all the mountains just because a Stratton lift ticket is I think $82 and being there, you want the freedom to ski it anytime and it'll pay for itself in no time.  Spending all that extra dough to ski 15 minutes of cord does not sound smart to me, tho.  Instead, I'd also pick up a Magic Season Pass @ $389 so you'll have full access to somewhere that's a 15 minute drive but a world away.  They don't groom the fresh down, you can ski onto the lift all day long, it's steep as shit with more trees than you can shake a stick at and you will NEVER be hassled by patrol unless you're skiing while on fire.  Oh, and there are no blackout dates, which make for a nice escape when Stratton on MLK looks more like Time Square on New Year's.  All that and you still have a few hundred left over from your budget amount to head north to Jay, MRG and Stowe a few times when the storm cycles are right.  Believe me, ALL my roommates last year were Stratton employees.  All of them skied Magic when they weren't on the clock and on pow days- forget it, they called out because Strat won't open a run unless it's groomed, and will pull your pass for skiing a fresh run should they catch you.  Not cool in my book, and I would need to get away from that at some point.  

 

Keep in touch tho, I'd be happy to show you around Magic should you need to get away from your regular vacation.  Good luck!  

 

 

post #9 of 27

I've had the Stratton/Okemo/Sunapee Value Pass for a couple of years now, has worked out well for me. Always buy mine before the end of April to get the best deal. Sure, I like the terrain in N. Vermont better, but I don't like the 4-5 hour drive to get there, especially on a Friday night, just wouldn't do it on a regular basis. I thought Stratton did a great job with their snowmaking last year, despite a terrible start to the season, conditions there were consistently better than the other places I went. Plus I plan to hit Magic, Bromley, and even Pico during the blacked out holiday periods. Can't beat the prices or lack of crowds.

post #10 of 27

I second DoWork's idea.  Get the $699 Stratton pass with the blackout dates.  You won't enjoy skiing Stratton on the blacked out weekends anyway.  Stratton will be good for early season turns, and will probably be fine right up until New Years.  Believe me, I made the mistake last season of hitting Mt Snow on MLK.  It was brutal crowded & it really bummed me out.  Head over to Magic on those weekends & on Pow days.  I usually do Sugarbush & Mad River for most of the winter, but for Southern VT Magic is by far the best.

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Joining the chorus - DoWork has it right. $699 pass at Stratton because, duh  ... plus Magic to break up the boredom and escape crowds when conditions permit.  And you'd be surprised how often conditions permit, with natural snow, low skier traffic, and tree skiing out the wazoo you can have a lot of fun at Magic even when you see brown on the broader trails from the road.  And they're doing a lot of repair work on the snowmaking system this summer that should help with the trail coverage. 

 

As to pass purchase and/or discount cards at other mountains you've gotta do the math.  A couple of additional factors:

 

1 - College season pass at Magic is $129.  No-brainer for the girlfriend. 

2 - Check out the VT Travel Club Card for discounts at several different VT hills, including Okemo, Magic, Mt Snow, and Stratton (but unfortunately not Bromley).  http://www.classicskitours.net/vermontTravel.asp .  I forget the cost but it's roughly the same as a frequent skier card at a single resort but it opens up many options.

3 - Okemo's frequent skier card for the past couple of years included a couple of free days late in the season - if you know you'll be up there it more than pays for itself as a standalone discount card. 

 

Finally, this may be off topic but someone should say it -- if my family were shelling out for a condo at Stratton (in my real estate fantasy it's Bromley, but whatever ...), we would DEFINITELY buy a share in the Magic partnership.   Full disclosure, I already did and we don't even own a condo! It's $3K (come on, what did the condo cost?) and less painful now that they have a payment plan.   I don't understand why more Stratton and Bromley skiers don't do this to invest in such an easy and accessible option for lower crowds and challenging terrain.  And with a Stratton condo you'll reap continuing benefits from it staying open (compare the current liquidation at Ascutney), so its well worth buying into the Magic partnership and crossing your fingers.  

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Joining the chorus - DoWork has it right. $699 pass at Stratton because, duh  ... plus Magic to break up the boredom and escape crowds when conditions permit.  And you'd be surprised how often conditions permit, with natural snow, low skier traffic, and tree skiing out the wazoo you can have a lot of fun at Magic even when you see brown on the broader trails from the road.  And they're doing a lot of repair work on the snowmaking system this summer that should help with the trail coverage. 

 

As to pass purchase and/or discount cards at other mountains you've gotta do the math.  A couple of additional factors:

 

1 - College season pass at Magic is $129.  No-brainer for the girlfriend. 

2 - Check out the VT Travel Club Card for discounts at several different VT hills, including Okemo, Magic, Mt Snow, and Stratton (but unfortunately not Bromley).  http://www.classicskitours.net/vermontTravel.asp .  I forget the cost but it's roughly the same as a frequent skier card at a single resort but it opens up many options.

3 - Okemo's frequent skier card for the past couple of years included a couple of free days late in the season - if you know you'll be up there it more than pays for itself as a standalone discount card. 

 

Finally, this may be off topic but someone should say it -- if my family were shelling out for a condo at Stratton (in my real estate fantasy it's Bromley, but whatever ...), we would DEFINITELY buy a share in the Magic partnership.   Full disclosure, I already did and we don't even own a condo! It's $3K (come on, what did the condo cost?) and less painful now that they have a payment plan.   I don't understand why more Stratton and Bromley skiers don't do this to invest in such an easy and accessible option for lower crowds and challenging terrain.  And with a Stratton condo you'll reap continuing benefits from it staying open (compare the current liquidation at Ascutney), so its well worth buying into the Magic partnership and crossing your fingers.  



No finger crossing necessary!  Even if the partnership didn't work, the mountain made money last year, and is on course to beat last year's turnout.  Myself and the rest of the Magic Militia are working very hard to make sure that Magic is around for a very long time, as I feel S.VT would be a very boring place without it.  All the share money is sitting in an account and won't be touched until ALL shares are sold, so the money is not going to vaporize regardless of what happens. 

 

But seriously, if you're living at Strat you will want to go to Magic more than you're thinking you will.  Especially with the improved snowmaking, mowing and new grooming equipment and staff, look for Magic to make HUGE leaps forward in skier experience, not even taking into account the new tree runs we've been camping in and cleaning all summer.  I'm getting the chills just thinking about it!     

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Speaking of Stratton, how crowded it gets around X-mas ??? Is it total disaster , or it's  manageable???

I booked  for the week after Christmas... Is it really that bad?? Thanks.

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But seriously, if you're living at Strat you will want to go to Magic more than you're thinking you will.  Especially with the improved snowmaking, mowing and new grooming equipment and staff, look for Magic to make HUGE leaps forward in skier experience, not even taking into account the new tree runs we've been camping in and cleaning all summer.  I'm getting the chills just thinking about it!     



Yeah, especially if you have a good supply of skis you don't care about!

 

Magic Mt.....the Mt. even rock skis fear!

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Yeah, especially if you have a good supply of skis you don't care about!

 

Magic Mt.....the Mt. even rock skis fear!


You're supposed to turn when you see a rock, dude!    Although you have the freedom to ski over rocks at Magic if you so choose, even "tools not jewels" believers like myself would strongly recommend that you didn't.  

 

For what it's worth, I threw myself into some sketchy situations on a regular basis last season and only needed 2 base repairs the entire time.  Maybe it's less of a problem when those fat skis float you so much better...  Who knows, it's all speculation at this point.    No problems on redline from the very top on closing day after the lifts shut down, either.  Just an uuuugly/akward jump turn on the face WROD and some fast grass, baby 

 

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Now that sort of behavior would get you drawn and quartered in front of the clock tower at Flatton, yet Magic patrollers high-five you and buy you a beer for it.  THAT was more the kind of thing I'm talking about.  I hate rules, and I like high-fives and beer.  

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Speaking of Stratton, how crowded it gets around X-mas ??? Is it total disaster , or it's  manageable???

I booked  for the week after Christmas... Is it really that bad?? Thanks.


 

You remember the mall the week before Xmas?  Yeah, like that.  

 

Call me if you want to shoot across the valley!  

post #17 of 27

Bumpskier skiing Magic moguls.  Kevin this is the place to buy a pass.  $400 it cannot be beat.

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Thanks for all of the replys!

 

I believe this year we are going to get a Stratton/Sunapee/Okemo pass this year with the blackout dates.  My girlfriends will only be $299 with the college discount.

 

Without a doubt, at only 16 miles away, I will be checking out Magic a few times.  Maybe next year I will look into a season pass at Magic.

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Kevin be sure to look for us at the bar upstairs and we will be sure to show you what lies down the road.

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Yeah, especially if you have a good supply of skis you don't care about!

 

Magic Mt.....the Mt. even rock skis fear!


You won't have to worry about that at Stratton.  They have eliminated every possible obstacle, bump, rock, mound, stump ...and anything that could possibly scratch a ski.  The place is like heaven, and it can be quite dull.  But it would still be a good place to get your pass with all that you have going on.  You might find that Magic has too many obstacles, ledges, slow lifts, locals, woods, and powder.  It does often have thin cover.

 

Stratton is pretty slick.  You can get exotic thing to eat in the lodge and espresso.  The people are well dressed and have nice equipment - not a lot of locals.

 

Hope you come over to Magic to ski with us.  The gang is an exceptional bunch of dedicated skiers.  Ski with us and you will probably understand what is so special about Magic.  Just keep in mind, it's not a resort it';s a ski area.

post #21 of 27
Totally unmanageable IMO. I have no problem standing in line for the single on a pow day at mrg, but Stratton during them holidays is madness.
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You won't have to worry about that at Stratton.  They have eliminated every possible obstacle, bump, rock, mound, stump ...and anything that could possibly scratch a ski.  The place is like heaven........

 

If Stratton's like heaven, I totally look forward to a next life in hell, as heaven apparently, well, sucks.....
 

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Thanks for all of the replys!

 

I believe this year we are going to get a Stratton/Sunapee/Okemo pass this year with the blackout dates.  My girlfriends will only be $299 with the college discount.

 

Without a doubt, at only 16 miles away, I will be checking out Magic a few times.  Maybe next year I will look into a season pass at Magic.


That's a good value. You are always going to hear people complain about the lack of challenge and crowds, and some of that is justified, particularly at Okemo. But like any other mountain, if you know your way around Okemo, you can usually find some stuff off the beaten path, but there is not a lot of it. Great cruiser mountain, though. Sunapee is a nice mountain, but not as big as the other two. It's only a 2 1/2 hr ride for me, so if I can't ski for more than one day, it makes for a good day trip. I think a lot of the criticisum of Stratton is unjusitfied. Sure, it can get crowded, but four six pack chairs and the gondola keep things moving. A lot of people are turned off by the base area sprawl, but I seldom go there, there is a lodge over by the Sun Bowl area that is more of a locals/snowboarder hangout that is easy to get in and out of. And if you're going to cruise the main boulevards, all that lift capacity is going to catch up with you on a busy day, but I never have a problem finding trails that aren't that busy, and those same trails are some of the more challenging stuff. As a side note, Stratton has as much tree skiing as any resort in the northeast, but it never gets talked about. Probably not the reason that most people go to Stratton, but it's there if you want it.

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Totally unmanageable IMO. I have no problem standing in line for the single on a pow day at mrg, but Stratton during them holidays is madness.

 

Not to mention the indignity of waiting with the common folk and watching the "express lane" super pricey passholders go ahead of you. 
 

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If Stratton's like heaven, I totally look forward to a next life in hell, as heaven apparently, well, sucks.....
 

"Heaven...Heaven is a place...where nothing ever happens."  -  I think that's how it goes.  Talking Heads apparently after a visit to Stratton.

 

post #26 of 27

I think we forgot to spare the negative comments. Oops.

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SORRY!  Everyone has their preferences and I know many who really like Stratton.

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