Damn Biggs, do you work for vail resorts?
Selling your ticket benifits both riders, the one selling the ticket gets some money back for what they didnt use that day, and the other person gets a discounted rate for only riding part of the day. Giving it away is even better.
Do you think its fair for resorts to charge $10-20 less for a half day ticket than a full day? I dont, I think its BS, half day should be half price or close to it. I payed $80 for a half day at vail once which is completely absurd.
I used to go to a ski area about an hour away from my house in high school and try to get tickets for the last hour or two so me and my friends could ride when we didnt have money. Most people were happy to give their ticket away, although one person called us A-holes for trying to get passes when they were leaving, lol.
Last season I was at keystone and was asked by two guys if they we were leaving and if they could have our passes since they were tight on cash, me and my buddy gave them the tickets for free.
This whole argument is based on opinion, but personally, I want everyone who is interested in snowboarding or skiing to do it as much as possible and as cheaply as possible. I like helping people out and if someone helps me out its great too.
No, I don't work for Vail Resorts.
Whether I think ticket prices are absurd matters neither here nor there (but since you asked, yes I believe ticket prices are absurd in their entirety. Whether it's a half day ticket for 3/4 the price of a full day ticket, or just the basic price of a full day ticket, they're incredibly high. Alas, when something like skiing or snowboarding is more in line with people with a bit of wealth, you're going to have those higher prices.)
I also wish people would stop looking at me like I'm championing to abolish selling your tickets and send you all to hell -- as I said to Extremo, in a capitalist society, he has found people willing to pay HIM for his tickets if he leaves early -- I couldn't care less about it. Until it affects MY ticket prices, he can sell them by the bundle. I don't personally do it and wont do it, but he's free to do as he wishes.
What I do have a problem with is people's silly justifications as to why they do it and who they are/aren't hurting. If you want to do it, do it -- I couldn't care less. But at least understand who you are potentially hurting and the ramifications of those actions as well as the legality in what you're doing.
Again -- if you're cheap and want to bum tickets, bum them. If you're looking to capitalize on selling a ticket, sell it. But don't respond to the original poster's question like there's no way you're hurting anyone in the process and it's totally legit because you have the right to do so. You might be, and it isn't, and you dont.