Yes you do need a park pass in addition to a reg lift ticket. I think it's like 10 bucks extra tho. I went for the 1st time on MLK weekend. It was a madhouse but as stated before for that amount of people, the handle it well. I will say in the evening they start to close certain lifts which forces a convergence of riders onto the same trails. I did one night run and left, trails were over crowded. Other than that, no complaints at all. I will be revisiting!