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Old 01-10-2010, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do the math. How much is a seasons pass? How much is a day pass? How many day passes does that seasons pass equal? Now how many times are you going to ride that mountain? If the number of times your going to ride that mountain exceed the number of day passes that go into a seasons pass then it's a deal.

A seasons pass to Whistler is $1100 if you buy it before October. A day pass is 76$ I think. So that tells me a seasons pass is worth 14 day passes. I ride Whistler twice a week. The season up here is about 20 weeks or so. So I ride Whistler 40 times and pay for 14 times. SOUNDS LIKE A FUCKING DEAL TO ME.
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i get the logic in the math. especially if your going that frequently. but i didnt know how many people hesitated to buy a season pass because they didnt want to get locked into 1 resort and it getting monotonous.
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Then I guess I should've mentioned that I will buy my seasons pass to the mountain I ride the most then just buy day passes or a book of day passes from the other mountains I want to ride.
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Then I guess I should've mentioned that I will buy my seasons pass to the mountain I ride the most then just buy day passes or a book of day passes from the other mountains I want to ride.
that seems like it would make the most sense. thanks.
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If we had a mountain like whistler or anything like any of the western resorts out here in the east it'd be a no brainer. If I had a winter house in VT it would be a no brainer. Me and a bunch of friends had a place in Hunter for two seasons. Definitely worth it. Easy math if you're going more than the cost of a season pass. But it never got monotonous for some reason. You just start to progress on certain trails or in your riding in general when you know the mountain.

I would get a season pass if I were you, especially if you're that close to the mountains. So worth it.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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i agree with these guys, a seasons pass is def the way to go, just find a mtn around you with alot of room for progression, maybe with some off piste riding, and a good park so that when you do start progressing further than you can step up and onto new terrain with out the heart ache of buying lettin that pass collect dust lol

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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.
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i like a variety of big and smaller spots to ride, my closest hill is 1 hr, but i get sick of it after 5-6 days because of the lack of park (garbage), trails (21) lifts (1 chair)

so i do 20 days/yr under $900 bux with a couple coupons thrown in
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i like a variety of big and smaller spots to ride, my closest hill is 1 hr, but i get sick of it after 5-6 days because of the lack of park (garbage), trails (21) lifts (1 chair)

so i do 20 days/yr under $900 bux with a couple coupons thrown in
That's the route I went this year... Since I barely missed the cutoff for being under 25, all the season passes became super expensive. Figured I'd just buy the discounted day passes and have the flexibility of moving from mountain to mountain. I'm in Utah so there are lots of good options

I do miss having a season pass though... It's nice to be able to go for a half day and not feel guilty about wasting money. The flexibility of a season pass is such a luxury!!

Next year I'm going to save more money in advance so I can get a pass!!!
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