I think that for the folks living in or near Metro area's, Detroit, Chicago, etc. I imagine that greed & the "Captive" audience is probably a more valid argument.
I don't know any other way to explain how a season pass for a crappy little hill like Mt Brighton is $550, and yet a silver pass @ Boyne (covering multiple resorts, I might add and /w only 10 blackout days) goes for the same $550????
I might,.. might pay that for Pine Knob,.. but it would still be hard to make it there enough times in a season to get it to pay off!
You're only Young Once,.. but you can be Immature FOREVER!