Jesus, you guys get raped for some pretty mediocre mountains. Passes out west for some of the best terrain in the U.S are $300-$800 a pass. Another reason not to live on the Ice Coast.
Not really...the wealthy New Yorkers and Bostonians do. Like most places, the locals know how to find the deals. And what does "passes" mean? Unlimited? Student? Granny? Weekday? Lots of mountains out here have passes available right now for LESS than $300.
Besides, the mountains' liability costs in Vermont are much higher out here because we have seriously crazy conditions to contend with. The first time I went out west there was only
6" of powder -- heaven for us "Ice Coasters" -- but the locals were all like wow, you ride this shit? It's total ice!?
People out west won't even go out unless they can be sure if the fall that it's on fluffy cotton mattresses...out here we go balls to the wall and if it's glare ice we just sharpen the edges some more and go for it. We don't whine about not having enough pow, or being able to wear our new sleeveless puffy vest.
Vermont isn't Crested Butte or Jackson Hole or Whistler, and we don't pretend to be. But you're crazy if you're telling me any of those places sell you a decent pass for $300 dollars. Maybe Homewood for midweek, low-season, senior citizen student...