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Old 01-17-2013, 08:08 AM   #2661 (permalink)
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Crystal was *empty* on 12/26 when I was there. All day long. I couldn't believe it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:04 AM   #2662 (permalink)
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I imagine this weekend at Caberfae is going to be a shitfest since they don't charge holiday rates like Crystal does. I'm sure a lot of people will be thinking like us and go there instead of Crystal because it's just plain ridiculous to pay 69 bucks a ticket. Don't get me wrong, I like Crystal a lot, but I'm not paying those kind of rates for it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:07 AM   #2663 (permalink)
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I've always thought that Crystal's prices were way too high. Apparently the market supports it though.

Your best bet with Crystal is to get their early bird pass when it goes on sale this spring.

Check a few pages back and you'll see David_Z giving some details about it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:24 AM   #2664 (permalink)
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You can buy Crystal's no-blackouts/season pass/unlimited or whatever they call it for $250 usually from March-June/July after which price increases a bit. I think right now it's $369 which still is a fair price if you ski or ride more than 5 or 6 days.

Included: 20% off lodging, I think there are pro-shop or tune-up discounts, 2 free lift tickets (to give to friends).

It's a no-brainer. I figure the 2 lift tickets I can give to my wife or a friend are worth $100+ which means my pass only cost me $125. Pays for itself in 3 days.
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Mt. Holly - 5
Mt. Bohemia - 3
Mt. Tolle - 3
Boyne Mountain - 2
Pine Knob - 2
Crystal Mountain - 2
Treetops - 2
Alpine Valley - 2
Caberfae Peaks - 2
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Urban - 1
Slackcountry - 1
Nub's Nob - 1
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:32 AM   #2665 (permalink)
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Yeah I almost bought a couple of those passes for me and the wife but we were shoring up a few debts at the time last spring and decided against it ultimately. This year I think I will just buck up and do it though.

I think the main reason Crystal gets away with the higher prices is because they cater to wealthier folks who come there for the resort atmosphere. Obviously Caberfae is a more local-friendly place and lacks many of those amenities, but it makes up for it in prices. That's my take on it anyways.

Given a choice between the two, I'd probably go to Crystal. However, I really like Caberfae for some reason aside from the lower prices.
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Yeah I almost bought a couple of those passes for me and the wife but we were shoring up a few debts at the time last spring and decided against it ultimately. This year I think I will just buck up and do it though.

I think the main reason Crystal gets away with the higher prices is because they cater to wealthier folks who come there for the resort atmosphere. Obviously Caberfae is a more local-friendly place and lacks many of those amenities, but it makes up for it in prices. That's my take on it anyways.

Given a choice between the two, I'd probably go to Crystal. However, I really like Caberfae for some reason aside from the lower prices.
It's a toss up for me. If I'm riding with friends then Crystal but if it's just me and my wife then I'd personally prefer Caberfae. I think the runs are longer and more fun. The North Peak is nice and steep and long.

Crystal is fun and the glades are cool but it's just so short.
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I guess what I like about Crystal is the variety if you go during the day with the Ridge and North Face aside from the front runs. I agree though about the length of the rides and that's part of what I like about Caberfae. Plus when you get a nice fresh snow the place just feels awesome and quiet due to the lack of development (housing, etc) around the area. Smiling Irishman to Lower Canyon or down through the trees to Gum Drop are probably my favorite runs between the two ski areas combined.

And the view from the top of the North Peak is amazing.

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I guess what I like about Crystal is the variety if you go during the day with the Ridge and North Face aside from the front runs. I agree though about the length of the rides and that's part of what I like about Caberfae. Plus when you get a nice fresh snow the place just feels awesome and quiet due to the lack of development (housing, etc) around the area. Smiling Irishman to Lower Canyon or down through the trees to Gum Drop are probably my favorite runs between the two ski areas combined.
Yeah I think you pretty much nailed it.

Both places sure turn into a circus on busy days though. Holy man.
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And the view from the top of the North Peak is amazing.
Crystal can't compare when it comes to the view.

dammit I want to ride
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Caberfae has so much opportunity to expand their terrain, but every year it seems like they just add more snow guns and widen a run. I choose it over Crystal, but I keep waiting for them to make some actual impressive improvements. They could at least add some more dirt to the end of run on the back side of South Peak, so it slopes back to the lift. I have no problem making it, but the majority of people can't cause you have to haul ass...just like you have to haul ass to make it back to North Peak from South. END RANT. Looking to make a trip somewhere during the week (taking a day off work) at some point in the next few weeks. Only been out once, and I am heading to Whistler at the end of Feb so I need to get out a couple more times.
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