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Old 10-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #21 (permalink)
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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...

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Not gonna argue with that. I think prices are generally higher out here due to a couple factors:

1) Boston/NYC big money is nearby. Willingness and ability to pay is high.

2) Higher cost for maintenance due to reliance/dependence on snow making vs. western mountains that rely more on natural snow.

I would love to live in Colorado or Utah one day just to board....but the professional opportunities out there are extremely limited compared to Boston, New York, SF, etc...
BWAHA! We were typing pretty much the same thing at the same time -- just a little different wording. Seriously, though...for $35, how can you beat the deals the ski club offers? And I didn't mention that there are often hotel discounts that go along with it. Like, I did the three-day $98 ticket at Stowe last year, and an inn just a couple of miles down the road offered rooms for $65 a night...with pool, hot tub, breakfast. Just tell you're a ski club member.
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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...

Dood. I love you.

I've had the same experience - first time in Utah, there was maybe 8 inches of pow and my friends were bitching about not having FEET of powder. I seriously thought they were joking...but they were not.

Vermont isn't for everybody, but I often say, if you can board/ski here, you can board anywhere. And yes, I sharpen my edges every week - gummy stones are my friend.
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BWAHA! We were typing pretty much the same thing at the same time -- just a little different wording. Seriously, though...for $35, how can you beat the deals the ski club offers? And I didn't mention that there are often hotel discounts that go along with it. Like, I did the three-day $98 ticket at Stowe last year, and an inn just a couple of miles down the road offered rooms for $65 a night...with pool, hot tub, breakfast. Just tell you're a ski club member.
I am signing up for this today. $35 is a no brainer. Awesome!
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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...

2900 Acres, 2,400 Vertical, I get a $265 special deal college pass at Schweitzer

No-Saturday Adult is $450 early season.

You're totally right about us being spoiled whiny bitches though, I mostly only ride powder days . As long as I'm not hitting the bottom, I'm not picky about the amount of powder
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2900 Acres, 2,400 Vertical, I get a $265 special deal college pass at Schweitzer

No-Saturday Adult is $450 early season.

You're totally right about us being spoiled whiny bitches though, I mostly only ride powder days . As long as I'm not hitting the bottom, I'm not picky about the amount of powder
Okay, so you just totally confirmed what just posted.

How about Sugarbush, with 2,600' of steep vert? And you said $300-800, and you're on a special college pass. EVERY mountain here and out west offers those. You're probably blacked out for holidays. I'm saying, it's no different here. Sorry the OP chose the most expensive mountain Vermont for his question. Stowe is AWESOME, with the steepest shit in the east, and long, long runs. But it is not really just a mountain. It is two mountains...it is a TOWN. Major resort town, so it is expensive. Which is why your lame $265 student pass doesn't give me a boner. I join the ski counsel and get a 3 day ticket to Stowe for $95. It's normally $84 a day. And for my $35 ski club membership I can ride all just about every mountain in Vermont. And I'm not a student, and I can ride on blackout dates.

BOOM. Enjoy your one mountain. I'll be riding almost every mountain in Vermont for about $30-40, and a few in New Hampshire, too.

Hey, no sweat...just sayin'. Yeah...Vermont sux.
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The deals in CO still can't be touched anywhere else, that I've seen.

Season Ski Passes | Lift tickets | Compare Lift Ticket Passes | EpicPass.com


Summit Pass: $459 now (earlier in the season it was $409, I believe)
- unlimited Keystone (3,128' vertical, 3,148 acres)
- unlimited A-Basin (2,270' vertical, 900 acres)
- limited restrictions (holidays) at Breckenridge (3,398' vertical, 2,358 acres)

The top dog pass is the EPIC which is unlimited to 8 mountains. Right now it costs $699, but earlier in the season it was $649.
- Vail
- Beaver Creek
- A-basin
- Keystone
- Breck
- Heavenly (Tahoe)
- Northstar (Tahoe)
- Kirkwood (Tahoe)


Even when it is no longer on "sale" - I think the EPIC pass costs $1900, full price.
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The deals in CO still can't be touched anywhere else, that I've seen.

Season Ski Passes | Lift tickets | Compare Lift Ticket Passes | EpicPass.com


Summit Pass: $459 now (earlier in the season it was $409, I believe)
- unlimited Keystone (3,128' vertical, 3,148 acres)
- unlimited A-Basin (2,270' vertical, 900 acres)
- limited restrictions (holidays) at Breckenridge (3,398' vertical, 2,358 acres)

The top dog pass is the EPIC which is unlimited to 8 mountains. Right now it costs $699, but earlier in the season it was $649.
- Vail
- Beaver Creek
- A-basin
- Keystone
- Breck
- Heavenly (Tahoe)
- Northstar (Tahoe)
- Kirkwood (Tahoe)


Even when it is no longer on "sale" - I think the EPIC pass costs $1900, full price.
That's ridiculous. If I lived in SF, I'd def get this. Tahoe is two hrs away and whn you want the Rocky Mountain snow, Colorado is a couple hour flight away. Too awesome.
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The deals in CO still can't be touched anywhere else, that I've seen.

Season Ski Passes | Lift tickets | Compare Lift Ticket Passes | EpicPass.com


Summit Pass: $459 now (earlier in the season it was $409, I believe)
- unlimited Keystone (3,128' vertical, 3,148 acres)
- unlimited A-Basin (2,270' vertical, 900 acres)
- limited restrictions (holidays) at Breckenridge (3,398' vertical, 2,358 acres)

The top dog pass is the EPIC which is unlimited to 8 mountains. Right now it costs $699, but earlier in the season it was $649.
- Vail
- Beaver Creek
- A-basin
- Keystone
- Breck
- Heavenly (Tahoe)
- Northstar (Tahoe)
- Kirkwood (Tahoe)


Even when it is no longer on "sale" - I think the EPIC pass costs $1900, full price.
And once again...$35, and I can ride all over Vermont and some NH for about $30 a ticket, no blackouts. I'm good with that...not limited to one mountain. I like that.
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And once again...$35, and I can ride all over Vermont and some NH for about $30 a ticket, no blackouts. I'm good with that...not limited to one mountain. I like that.

At the same time, you still still have to ride in Vermont and NH.
Have a fun season!
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