do most of you guys get season passes to 1 mountain or do you buy day passes throughout the season? im in eastern Pa. very close to blue, bear, camelback, etc. not sure if next season id want to fork out all that cash to have to stay at one resort.
I live in Georgia (which almost as non-snow-ski as it gets), but due to some weird circumstances, I knew early on that I would probably be making two trips out to Summit County, CO this year (with two different groups of people)
I took what seemed like a big risk at the time and bought a Summit Pass... but after is said and done, I will have spent about $40-$50 more than the people on either trip for twice as much riding/skiing.
The only thing that would bug me if I were a local is the long drive out to the slopes (it still beats a flight + car rental, though)
The Summit Pass is priced well, IMO. It costs just under what one would spend on two "normal" 3-4 day ski trips would cost (most people drop ~$190-$250 on lift passes on an out of town ski trip). Psychologically, it is much easier to justify a 2nd trip if you tell yourself that you're effectively riding for free... but the town still makes money on lodging, food & souvenirs.
The only real catch is that you have to know way in advance (like 2-3 months in advance) where you are going for the year in order to pick up most season passes early enough for their purchases to make financial sense.