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Old 10-22-2013, 09:46 PM   #31 (permalink)
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leave a spare pair of gloves and a hat in your vehicle. Ive forgotten mine a few times and its a major bummer. And if you don't have extras with you, the lost and found box is your friend.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:48 PM   #32 (permalink)
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check the local Costco for lift tix...here you can get 2 for 100$ instead of 72 each
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:18 PM   #33 (permalink)
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A lot of these are similar to what others have said, but here are mine:
  • I hate to carry too much stuff so I try to stick to the necessities. I have a metal, waterproof wallet that I just carry cash, ID, and a credit card in. I carry just my car key (leave the rest in the car), and a small lock for my board.
  • I like to save my phone battery by either shutting it off or putting it in airplane mode.
  • For music, I use a cheap rechargeable MP3 player (old Creative Zen Stone) with a physical play/pause button that I can actually work with my mitts on inside my jacket pocket. Battery lasts for days.
  • As others have mentioned, avoiding buying food on the hill saves a lot of money, and eating at odd hours saves a lot of crowds and time.
  • While staying overnight on the hill is usually more expensive, it's sometimes worth checking out the options. I once actually found it cheaper to stay slopeside since it included lift tickets, which more than made up for the price difference from surrounding places that didn't offer them.
  • Finally, if you have kids around 5th or 6th grade, many states offer 5th or 6th grade "passports" that often have crazy deals for kids that age in an effort to get more kids on the snow.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:47 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Buy a pocket flask. It'll save you money on whiskey and you don't have to go indoors to keep your buzz going.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I moved to the mtns for my vacation plan. It's cheaper. Now I live on vacation
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:03 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Well my fiance and I do go snowboarding on the weekends in the winter, but also on a couple weeknights after work.

On the weekends we don't really need to take advantage of extra time on the mountain cuz we can go at any time (40 min away), but for the weeknights, so that we can get as much time in as possible, this is what we do (because the mountain is 30 min from my work and it closes around 9pm):

He gets out of work around 3pm, goes home, showers (he has a dirty job), then takes off for the mountain and meets there with a friend of ours. I work till 5pm and I take a bag of all my gear etc and my snowboard with me and keep the snowboard in the car obviously and my bag of gear under my desk. Around 4:50pm I sneak off to the bathroom to change and am done by 5pm and head out the door to the mountain!

We SHOULD bring our own food to save money and time, but the lines aren't bad at the mountain at all for food (Washusett Mountain in Massachusetts). We grab a bite to eat there for dinner.

So I guess that's the only thing we do to get as much time as we can on the mountain. Go on weeknights after work as well as weekends and bring my gear to work, so that I arrive ready. I put my boots on once I park at the mountain tho cuz I mean.... driving in those? No thanks.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:20 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by XxSnowbunnyxX View Post
I put my boots on once I park at the mountain tho cuz I mean.... driving in those? No thanks.
I always drive in mine on the way.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:41 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by areveruz View Post
I always drive in mine on the way.
I've done this before as well. Just keep your laces undone and tucked into your boot and it works fine.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:40 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by areveruz View Post
I always drive in mine on the way.
Same haha, been doing this for years. I just hate waiting for everyone else to put them on in the parking lot when we get there...

- I have a few spare keys cut for my car door. I leave my real keys in my car because it's the sensor kind that cost like $100 to replace. I take one and give a riding buddy or wife the other just in case.

- Stash valueables in the engine of your car. Last year I kept my $5000 camera in my engine compartment, even if somebody broke into my car there is no way they are checking there lol.

- Use sites like Hotels.com to book rooms. I have booked rooms on my phone while in the lobby and paid like $120 when the guy at the desk wanted $210.

- Go to the "continental breakfast" at your hotel with your backback and stock up on fruit, muffins and whatever else looks good and eat that all day long at the hill.

- Buy reward cards or memberships that give you discounts. I buy a local pass for a hill close by and ride the park there, it's like $270. Not only do I ride there once a week but when I go to the mountains I get 25% off lift tix when I show it for me and another person. Thats $40 per day so it doesn't take long to pay for the pass and I ride whenever I want close to home.
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