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how many of you buy a season's pass or a block of tickets or other? (Read: resistance is futile)

post #1 of 58
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and btw, what is the cost of such at your resort ie does your resort also offer blocks of tickets at discounts aside from individual and season's passes?

 

I just coughed up $900 for a 15 day (new) season's pass to Whistler.(traditionally they have a 5 and 10 edge card pass, as well as an unlimited season's pass..

**FYI this sales rep told me they usually sell about 100,000 Edge Card passes each year (give or take) ....if that figure is true, then....wow. (Ill verify w her tomorrow to ensure I wasn't incorrect)

 

I already shelled out $420 for an 'off peak' pass to my local mtn Cypress (living here in Vancouver it's only 30 min away so a great wkly training hill vs Whistler at 2 hr away).

 

.this yr however whistler introduced a  new 15 day pass)..the sales gal also gave me a 10% discount 'cause I'm taking the upcoming Club Linc program (20 lessons each Sat same group, same instructor for $760 (taxes in: FYI here in BC we get fisted with a 12% ''harmonized sales tax'' too )..might just ''suck it up'' and ask to be (gulp) upgraded to an unlimited season's pass for $1359 taxes in ( again she was giving me a 10% discount)....f*ck...there goes my winter holidays...add to that a "Dave Murray" 3 day program for $400 I'll probably go for in January...then a few trips to Big White (Kelowna BC) or even the Alberta rockies of Sunshine (Banff)  Lake Louise and Marmot (Jasper) in Feb or March...ay vay....

 

I like the tongue in cheek phrase that Whistler has on their site:

'Addiction: the first step is admitting it...''. 

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/index.htm

 

thank god I'm single.....

post #2 of 58
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I just coughed up $900 for a 15 day (new) season's pass to Whistler.(traditionally they have a 5 and 10 edge card pass, as well as an unlimited season's pass..

 

Can you buy certified pre-owned one  ?

 

For 4th season now we buy unlimited pass for Mt Hood Meadows. It is $449 for adults, $229 for 7-14yo, $339 for 15-22yo and no sales tax (thanks, Oregon!). Kids under 6 ski free.

 

post #3 of 58

we are spoiled here in CO- I have picked up 2 passes and will probably also get a 4 pack at Loveland all for about 1 K

http://www.skilodgingrental.com/Summit_County_Info.php

post #4 of 58

I have an employee pass to Mt. Snow and I buy a night pass to the local ski area ($100) so I can race in the beer league.  Between the Mt. Snow pass perks and the local area perks, I ski just about anywhere else either free or reduced.

post #5 of 58

495 euros if I buy next week. 160 euros for my 7-year-old.

post #6 of 58

Killington/Pico mid-week pass ($426 with tax), that's the price if you buy early, I believe the price has gone up. 2 books of  3 coupon VT. Passports ($250 no tax). Allows for 6 days of skiing at any VT. resort. I bought these so I can ski around VT. a little & still keep the lift ticket cost relatively inexpensive & also just in case I decide to ski a weekend day (only skied 1 last year). I also purchase a few bulk tickets to VT. & NY resorts through my ski club. These cost anywhere from $40- $55 per day depending on resort. I also have a friend that works at Sugarbush & gets me $30 employee tickets when I ski with him. Stowe's ski club appreciation weeks are also a good way to save a few bucks, they have one every month during the winter. Ticket prices for ski club members are just $40 for a day ticket with the price per day decreasing the more days you buy.

 

I usually make one trip out west every year. These are usually last minute plans when I find good a deal.

 

edit: forgot to mention Canon Mtn with 2 for $69 (tues &thurs) & Wildcat Mtn 2 for $65 on wed.


Edited by steamboat1 - 10/12/10 at 9:47am
post #7 of 58

I bought a Season Pass to China Peak here in CA for I think $279 earlier this summer, then I bought a Tahoe Card which comes with free and discounted tickets all over California, and then gets you into the San Francisco Ski Fest for free which then gets you more free tickets.  Then I intend to go to a Warren Miller Show somewhere just for the free Heavenly Ticket.  I'll use my friends in Kellogg for free tickets to Silver Mountain, probably buy a ticket to Schweitzer, 49 Degrees North or Mt. Spokane, and I get $55 tickets to Jackson, Steamboat and Crested Butte when I head out there from work.  If time allows, I might take an early AM flight on Delta to SLC and ride Park City, Canyons or Deer Valley for teh freebies.  Alls I need is somebody in Salt Lake that wants to drive me up there. smile.gif

post #8 of 58

Damn, whistler is $$$! I like to vary the places I ski (there are lots in/around the alberta rockies) so I wouldn't get enough value out of a pass to one place. Most resorts have a discount card for around $100 that gets you a couple free days plus discounts on the rest. Works out pretty well.

post #9 of 58

Full pass bought pre-season at Whitefish:  $550.  They have blocks of tickets available and Frequent Skier cards and such, but I will ski enough to come out "way ahead" in theory.  I say "way ahead" because if I had to pay what the thing was worth at retail day prices, I'd only ski the $550 worth.  I just don't have that kind of money...or even the $550.  I bought it in stages on the "payment plan". 

 

As to how many season passes are sold, using the Big Vertical list, I'm thinking roughly 9000-10000 counting all categories of passes.  That's probably low compared to most areas. 

post #10 of 58
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RE: Damn, whistler is $$$! 

yup!...that is what happens when many ski mags rate it as #1 repeatedly (sure it's debateable, but....)

and 2# when it was host to the winter olympics and only a 2 hr drive to gorgeous vancouver.

 

Whistler  did offer an early day presale pass last spring (for this yr) Cdn$1099 plus 6% GST tax...which you could have payed in 3 installments (with $25 admin fee)

...didn't think I'd be up there this much but with the club linc program $760 for 20 lessons (each sat for 20 wks) I realize differently  now.

 

so am i the ONLY one paying $$$ ?...vail and aspen holders must pay similar, no?

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Damn, whistler is $$$! I like to vary the places I ski (there are lots in/around the alberta rockies) so I wouldn't get enough value out of a pass to one place. Most resorts have a discount card for around $100 that gets you a couple free days plus discounts on the rest. Works out pretty well.


Edited by canali - 10/12/10 at 5:18pm
post #11 of 58

That link posted earlier takes you to Summit County pricing, one of which is the mentioned "Epic Pass" which INCLUDES Vail PLUS MORE:

 

Epic Pass- $319-$619:  Unlimited skiing and riding for the entire '10-'11 season at all Vail Resort Properties (Keystone, A-Basin,  Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek and Heavenly).
 

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RE: Damn, whistler is $$$! 


 

so am i the ONLY one paying $$$ ?...vail and aspen holders must pay similar, no?


 
post #12 of 58

I got my usual season pass to Mount Snow. With lift tickets @ $78 a day, the pass will pay for itself in no time.

post #13 of 58

Mammoth MVP is $609.  It's a good deal but since 2005 only open to new entrants once, in 2009.  It must be purchased in April for the next season. This year I also purchased a 10-pack at Snowbird for $530.  I use 5 or 6 days during my timeshare week, and I'm generally in Utah at least one other trip.  Unused Snowbird tickets in this plan can be rolled over to the next season.

post #14 of 58

Full season pass to Whistler, $1,500 . Bought two of them too, one for me, one for the girlfriend.

post #15 of 58

Yowzers, I'd need to win the lottery.
 

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Full season pass to Whistler, $1,500 . Bought two of them too, one for me, one for the girlfriend.

post #16 of 58
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Full season pass to Whistler, $1,500 . Bought two of them too, one for me, one for the girlfriend.


you need a rich girlfriend so you can change the post to.............My girlfriend just bought two of them ( dam I must be good)
 

post #17 of 58

Early season price for a Aspen Premier is $1499 and worth every penny.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, it's cheaper than a Country Club!

post #18 of 58

I got the unlimited group Double Whammy pass this year for Northstar and Sierra at Tahoe for $399.  I still ski at Kirkwood, but I get better results skiing storm days at more protected resorts.  That leaves about 20 other area ski resorts to get to.

post #19 of 58
Thread Starter 



Or even better change it to:

 

"my sugar mommy just bought us both a whistler season's pass at $1500 a pop....in addition to  new skis and a new ski wardrobe"

 and yeah Whistler IS expensive:

but if you got it early spring before the 09/10 season ended it was as noted a ''steal'' at only $1099 (plus 6% taxes)

'tis wayyy  than better than current early bird buy before Oct 11th rate  which comes out to $1500 taxes included

...today it goes up to $1699!! plus 12% taxes

 

Question: aside from Vail, what other resorts are right up there with Whistler for $$$ passes?

 

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you need a rich girlfriend so you can change the post to.............My girlfriend just bought two of them ( dam I must be good)
 


Edited by canali - 10/14/10 at 12:04pm
post #20 of 58
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Originally Posted by Jave View Post

Full season pass to Whistler, $1,500 . Bought two of them too, one for me, one for the girlfriend.



That's why you date wiminz that like skiing enough to pay for their own.  They are rare though.

post #21 of 58

Sometimes us oldies get the best deal.  We bought the Silver pass at Canyons in Park City for $129.  That is $10 above last years price, but includes a coffee or hot chocolate a day and a ski tuning.  OK I know most of you don't want to be over 70 years old but for skiing, it is great!!

post #22 of 58

The girlfriend and I just bought a season pass to Stratton/Okemo/Sunapee for $699 each.

 

First year I've ever bought a season pass, but pulled the trigger as my parents just purchased a ski-in ski-out condo at Stratton.  Had to do it.

post #23 of 58

$1570 (US) for an adult unlimited season pass at Jackson Hole.

post #24 of 58

And here I thought Whistler was bad.
 

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$1570 (US) for an adult unlimited season pass at Jackson Hole.

post #25 of 58

I got passes for Mt. Baker and Stevens Pass and paid about $900 for the two of them.  Baker $690, Stevens $199 (weekdays only from Christmas through February, full time the rest of the season)

post #26 of 58

I will find out in January for sure, but is Jackson Holes pass really worth $1570?  I'm thinking of how many season passes to other mountains I could buy for that amount of money.  I'm thinking if I lived back home in Spokane, I could get a pass to all five mountains, and still have money left over.  I know not a single one of them compares to Jackson, but 5 of them available at any time I wanted?  Or on that same note....the Vail/Beaver Creek/A-Basin/Breck/Keystone + the Steamboat/Copper/Winter Park package...together would cost you about $900.  Way more worth it than any 1 mountain could be...I'd imagine?

post #27 of 58

$449 for a Mt Hood Meadows Unlimited season pass, $229 for a Ski Bowl night pass, and throw in another $100 for Timberline spring pass that starts March 1st, and usually goes all the way until June.

post #28 of 58

$559+27.95 tax if bought before June 30 for a pass at Sun Peaks: 2895 vertical ft and 122 named runs and some of the driest snow in Canada.

post #29 of 58
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And here I thought Whistler was bad.
 


 


$1599 with a few extras at Sun Valley ($1499 otherwise). Still better than $1950 two years ago.

post #30 of 58

I already have my passes for the season which i posted earlier in this thread. Just did a quick check seeing the prices at some areas posted here, just wanted to compare. A season pass for Stowe is $1503 & Sugarbush is $1499 plus tax I'm sure, they are right up there with other resorts.

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