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post #31 of 58

I think you all paying these godawful prices should pick up our pass (or one of the other sensibly priced ones) and use the $1000 per person (assuming you've got family members) you save towards 2-3 weeks out here.  Are people really skiing the 30 days on these things that I think MIGHT be justified?  I don't want to hear the "breakeven" at daily rates.  I mean we're not talking taking flying lessons (where there's airplane fuel involved) and justifying paying $75-$100 for a day of skiing.  Even $50 a day is nuts IMO.  But, that much I'll give to you.  Personally, I like to see my ski days down in the $5-$10 per day range.
 

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Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post

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.

post #32 of 58

$299 for a Century Silver pass at Wachusett. I wanted to save my money for weekend trips to more challenging mountains.

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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.


Steamboat where do you get the VT passport from?
 

post #34 of 58
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$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.


Just a quick note. The great thing about getting this particular combo is that you can hit first chair at Meadows during the week on a pow day, and hit Ski Bowl first chair at 3 when they open during the week.

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Steamboat where do you get the VT passport from?
 


They just went on sale last week. A book of 3 coupons cost $125 (limit 2 books pp). They also sell a 5 coupon book for $200 (limit 1 pp). You have to use the coupons at different resorts eg. 3 coupon book at 3 different resorts & 5 coupon book at 5 different resorts. I bought 2 - 3 coupon books so if I chose I could ski the same place twice having 2 separate books. You have to hurry because they only sell a limited amount of them, I ordered mine last week as soon as I got the application. I did get shut out one year because I waited to long to order. They send me an application every year when they go on sale because I've been getting them for years.

 

As to your question here is the info:

 

Ski Vermont

P.O. Box 368

Montpelier, VT 05601

 

ph# 802-223-2439

fax# 802-229-6917

e-mail passes@skivermont.com

 

ps: they had snow this morning in VT. Here's a pic taken at Killington this morning.

 

Good Luck & THINK SNOW!!!!

 

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Edited by steamboat1 - 10/15/10 at 11:29am
post #36 of 58

Awesome, what mountains does it include? where can i order it from? that email?

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Awesome, what mountains does it include? where can i order it from? that email?



 They are good at every VT. resort I know of. The usual holiday periods are blocked out.

 

Where to order? Give them a call. I order mine by mail with the application they send me. You can order them by fax but I don't have the how to info now because it's on the apllication I mailed in.

 

Here's there list of resorts: Ascutney (out of business I believe), Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke. Jay Peak, killington, Mad River Glen, Magic, Middlebury, Mount Snow, Okemo, Pico, Smugglers Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Suicide Six. That covers them all I believe except for Cochran.

 

I usually use them where I get the most bang for the buck. For instance a $80+ ticket at Stowe as opposed to Mad River which only charged $39 during the week last year.


Edited by steamboat1 - 10/15/10 at 12:12pm
post #38 of 58

For me at Whitefish Mtn,  I ski just enough to make the season pass the best deal.  The season pass has several other advantages.  You get discounts on food, lodging, a couple of lower priced lift tickets in the slower months for friends.  The big advantage is you can go up and if it is crappy you can just leave.  If you use a Freq skier card or ticket pack you pretty much need to stay to get your moneys worth for that ticket.  Went up one day last year.  Both the drive and in the parking lot the weather seemed fine. Light snow.  Got on the lift and about half way up it turned to freezing rain.  Made one run, got back in the car and went home.   To me that is a big advantage if you are close to the break even between the pass and other options.

post #39 of 58
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I think you all paying these godawful prices should pick up our pass (or one of the other sensibly priced ones) and use the $1000 per person (assuming you've got family members) you save towards 2-3 weeks out here.  Are people really skiing the 30 days on these things that I think MIGHT be justified?  I don't want to hear the "breakeven" at daily rates.  I mean we're not talking taking flying lessons (where there's airplane fuel involved) and justifying paying $75-$100 for a day of skiing.  Even $50 a day is nuts IMO.  But, that much I'll give to you.  Personally, I like to see my ski days down in the $5-$10 per day range.
 


 

That's great if you live there but what if you don't. I'd love you to show us where we could spend 2-3 weeks out there for $1000pp....LMAO

 

post #40 of 58

I think I said per person and here it is (well, slightly more, but it's THREE WEEKS).  Place called the Duck Inn:

 

Reservation Summary
Arrival:1/10/2011
Departure:1/31/2011
Room:Garden View Room
Rate:AAA Rate
Promo Code:
Nights:21
Adults:2
Children:0
Room Total:2343.60
Room Tax:234.36
Your Total: 2577.96USD


And here's another place  (Hidden Moose Lodge):

 

Our rates include a full breakfast each morning, complimentary evening beverages and use of our outdoor hot tub.

Our rates vary by season and room type:

Lodge rooms: Starting from $99 (low season rate)

Jacuzzi rooms: Starting from $119 (low season rate)

Western suite: Starting from $149 (low season rate) 

Rates are per room and are based on double occupancy. If there are more than two persons, please add $10/per extra person, per night for additional guests above the age of 6 yrs. Above rates do not include 9% tax. 
Please note: Summer is considered High Season.

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That's great if you live there but what if you don't. I'd love you to show us where we could spend 2-3 weeks out there for $1000pp....LMAO

 

post #41 of 58
Thread Starter 



well with a season's pass my daily lift ticket for whistler is (taxes included) cdn$60...so not too shabby for 4-6 hr of enjoyment

...and I can't see any decent ''major leagues' quality ski hill having tickets at $5-10.....take it while you can get it for your resort...rock on

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I think you all paying these godawful prices should pick up our pass (or one of the other sensibly priced ones) and use the $1000 per person (assuming you've got family members) you save towards 2-3 weeks out here.  Are people really skiing the 30 days on these things that I think MIGHT be justified?  I don't want to hear the "breakeven" at daily rates.  I mean we're not talking taking flying lessons (where there's airplane fuel involved) and justifying paying $75-$100 for a day of skiing.  Even $50 a day is nuts IMO.  But, that much I'll give to you.  Personally, I like to see my ski days down in the $5-$10 per day range.
 


 
post #42 of 58

 My $949 gold pass from Squaw is going to work out under $40 per day.  Of course, that pales in comparison to the kids' ticket window price of $10.  That's got to be one of the smartest marketing moves around.

post #43 of 58

We're in the "top 20" for SKI magazine.  I'd rather we weren't but that's not minor leagues.  3000 acres is a good size place.  $550/60 days at least = $9 a day. 
 

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well with a season's pass my daily lift ticket for whistler is (taxes included) cdn$60...so not too shabby for 4-6 hr of enjoyment

...and I can't see any decent ''major leagues' quality ski hill having tickets at $5-10.....take it while you can get it for your resort...rock on


 
post #44 of 58
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well with a season's pass my daily lift ticket for whistler is (taxes included) cdn$60...so not too shabby for 4-6 hr of enjoyment

...and I can't see any decent ''major leagues' quality ski hill having tickets at $5-10.....take it while you can get it for your resort...rock on


 

 

While I wouldn't call Whistler a rip off, you do line up and over pay for everything.
 

post #45 of 58
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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?

So if you lived and had a business in the Jackson area and could ski 60-100+ days a year are you saying that you wouldn't get a JH season pass?  Looks like you could get Snow King for under $250 or both SK & Grand Targhee for under 1 K. 

 

I was too young and inexperienced the last time I skied JH to comment on it specifically, but have had a season pass for a single big mountain (Les Arcs) and the Vail/Beaver Creek/A-Basin/Breck/Keystone + the Steamboat/Copper/Winter Park package + Loveland 4 pak and say that there are advantages both ways.  Les Arcs wasn't quite as pricey as JH, but I liked the advantage of being able to ski a bunch of days at one mountain w/ 6+ K of vertical and a lot of terrain options without owning a car or riding a bus.   

 

My guess is that some of the mountains with the higher priced passes have lower skier density which can translate to more powder skiing- I know that I would rather pay $1,500 for 60-100+ days of quality skiing with a decent chance of getting some powder on many of them rather than a week of cat or heli skiing with powder everyday.  The pass prices used to be more expensive here in CO, but they lowered them a while back in a successful effort to attract more front rangers- good for those looking to save some $, but not so good for powder preservation.      
 

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I think you all paying these godawful prices should pick up our pass (or one of the other sensibly priced ones) and use the $1000 per person (assuming you've got family members) you save towards 2-3 weeks out here.  Are people really skiing the 30 days on these things that I think MIGHT be justified?  I don't want to hear the "breakeven" at daily rates.  I mean we're not talking taking flying lessons (where there's airplane fuel involved) and justifying paying $75-$100 for a day of skiing.  Even $50 a day is nuts IMO.  But, that much I'll give to you.  Personally, I like to see my ski days down in the $5-$10 per day range.
 


While I'm not one of the expensive passholders, I can see their point:

 

The "2-3 weeks out there" can't always be done due to job restrictions. And for others, it may not work out as economically as you think...

 

For example, some years back, I was getting paid $500/day to show up in the office (12 hr days notwithstanding). And I have no, that right, ZERO paid vacations. So to miss 2 days of work cost me $1000 right there! On the other hand, I can ski all the weekends near home without missing a single day of work! So it would make more economical sense to buy an expensive pass where I can ski weekends than a cheap one that requires me to miss work!

 

I didn't ski much back in those days. This is just an illustration to a point.

 


 

post #47 of 58

 

At five-hundred bucks and change, I'm paying over a dollar per vertical foot. 

 

Yes, it's worth it.

 

post #48 of 58

PASS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR TODAY! Prickly Jr. too...

post #49 of 58

We've bought 15 day passes to Big Sky for several years and popped for the full deal this year. First time in 63 years to get my picture on a ski pass! I think they were $750 each bought at the end of last season. That was down some from previous BS passes which were closer to the Jackson-Aspen pricing. We doubt if it saves us any money - it's more of a commitment to ski more than 15 days this year.

post #50 of 58

Bought Mt Hood Meadows unlimited passes (Missis and me) $449 each. Junior got 8 weeks of SnoBlasters program (8 Sundays in January and February with the same teacher) which has unlimited Junior pass ($229 value) built in for total of $590. The Junioress gets one for free as she is younger than 6.

 

Vlad

post #51 of 58
Thread Starter 

i decided (for now) to just 'stop' at  a 15 ticket (season' pass) pass at whistler for (taxes in) Cdn$900...(got a 10% break from nice rep)...have a contact who can sell me tickets for $50-60 each as her bro works for Coke and she gets  a bunch of grat lift tickets...i am going to still buy either a lessons pkg vis a vis  the club linc ($760) (20 lessons) or summit series add on unlimited $1000)...so $$$$$$$$$$ (sheesh)..l. SO envy those not paying big bucks....but then again, once in the 'big leagues....'


Edited by canali - 10/21/10 at 10:07am
post #52 of 58

For us season passes are £280 (around US$440/316Euro) for my wife, £50 (around US$78/56Euro) each for the kids (7 and 11) and mine is free with the job. In addition to lifts these give us 10% off everything on the mountain and a whole host of deals in the local area as well as hefty discounts (IIRC something like 25%) off ticket prices at the other 4 local resorts.

 

If I manage to get over to the Alps (as planned) pre-season will get a pass as part of the (cheap) accomodation deal and same might apply for any time grabbed late season away from home.

post #53 of 58

Got the Whistler pre-HST pass in April for $1,153 with 5% GST included. Luckily my employer has a $1k wellness allowance which I used on it (although I would've used it on gym membership or gear anyway).

 

Is it expensive? Yep. Will it be worth it? Yep, taking a "sabbatical" from work starting December 18 until mid April, planning on 75ish days. Even if i was going the normal 20-25ish days I'd get the pass, I find once you've paid you are more motivated to get out every possible day, even when the conditions look meh, and sometimes those 5cm days you might pass on turn out to be amazing with wind deposit, storm conditions etc.

post #54 of 58
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$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.


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Just a quick note. The great thing about getting this particular combo is that you can hit first chair at Meadows during the week on a pow day, and hit Ski Bowl first chair at 3 when they open during the week.


QFT. I sprung for both the Meadows pass and the Fusion pass (Ski Bowl/Timberline). $449 each. Fusion lets you ski October to May (33" fresh at T-line right now). If you ride the OB trees from T-line down to Govy...Fusion let's you ride the shuttle back up (instead of getting in the thumb line at the bottom of T-line road). Fusion holders also get one free summer ticket ($55 value). My past habit has been Fusion + Meadows Spring Pass ($99), but I'm going to have more time for skiing this year.

 

Reading about $900 15-day passes and all the other horrible deals makes me appreciate the Mt Hood bargains.

post #55 of 58

Resistance is mucho futile...

 

post #56 of 58

Holiday Valley in Western New York

 

White Card - 9 any time passes  $200

Tuesday Evening Pass  $125

Sunday Evening (after 2:30) $135

 

I didn't buy the season pass which is over $700...to much for a hill less than 1k vertical.

 

Wish I new about the epic pass, I might of skip HV and just did a few trips out west this year

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Resistance is mucho futile...

 


Word just got out my company is expanding our Portland operations.  Awarding Transfers and such.

post #58 of 58

 

Some guys just posted first tracks photos on the Facebook. These pictures just destroyed my otherwise perfect day in the office:

 


 

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Word just got out my company is expanding our Portland operations.  Awarding Transfers and such.



 

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