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slyder 05-19-2011 08:18 PM

Season Pass: local hill or park hill??
Season 3 is upon my kids and me.
Back ground:
  • Midwest southeast Wisconsin
  • We ride all round
  • Ride 1-3 times a week
  • learning and progressing in jumps and park, all of us

My dilemma: I can only afford 1 season pass for the family. Our local hill is about 30 minutes driveway to lift. The park is OK, lots of rails that I can't ride and some boxes. Jumps are above our level and seem aimed at the more intermediate to advanced rider. Not many features for beginner to beginner-intermediate if you can follow that.

A hill 1 1/2 hours away is a very good park hill and has a 1/2 pipe to boot. Many features for beginner on up. They do lots of sponsored events, don't know what this would do for me, but the kids would enjoy watching.

Also the kids bring friends quite often with us. This is also a consideration as our local hill they friends can use their student ID for discount and can go shorter time and still be worth it.
The farther hill still affordable, no discount though and would deffinately be a full day 9-9 kinda trip.

All this for: do we get a season pass at the hill that is closer and we will ride many many more times OR get a pass to a hill that is father that I can only ride every other week?

Just looking for some thoughts, previous experience, etc...

linvillegorge 05-19-2011 08:33 PM

I'd say local.

david_z 05-19-2011 10:28 PM

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I'd say local, but then I went against my own rule already.

I'm in MI, I bet our hills are similar to WI. Local hills (4 nearby) are OK for park, but their season pass rates are upwards of $500 with no reciprocity.

The good hills are 4-hours drive away, so it's a mandatory overnight stay usually. I bought a season pass to Crystal Mountain MI for $229 on their early-bird sale. It pays for itself after 4 or 5 lift tickets, basically. I know I will use it at least that much. Look for early-bird pricing which might still be available often you can get season passes for 50% off the regular rate. I have seen them as low as $99 at some places which is absurd!

Locally I try to ride 1x a week at the resorts, I have used the Shell vouchers the last few years, at two of the local resorts these are good for buy-1/get-1 free lift tickets, Mon-Thurs. That means I can ride with a friend after work on Tuesday night for $16/person. Look around for deals like that. Get your kids to join the ski club. Volunteer to chaperone the ski club they usually give you free lift passes. Etc. :D

At the end of the day if you only have those two resorts to choose from I would probably get the local one and max your riding time. With a season pass, you can go any time even for only a few hours and you don't feel like you're wasting your money. Or if the conditions suck and you want to leave early, etc.

KahWhyC 05-19-2011 11:15 PM

Get the local one then just go to the further one to get better so you can do the rails and stuff on the local.

mhaas 05-19-2011 11:25 PM

What hills are you thinking about? In my opinion, the only hills in WI worth getting passes for are Cascade and Granite peak. And thats if your close enough to regularly. The smaller places like alpine valley and wilmot wanted way too much money for what you got to justify getting a pass there. My move was to go on days with the specials and use my school id. It came out to about $25 a ticket.

BurtonAvenger 05-20-2011 12:27 AM

You want to do the local don't get stuck going to a resort farther away with beginner features. The day will come the bigger stuff will click and you'll be like fuck this is pushing my riding. One thing I hate more than anything is a resort that stifles me from progressing whether it's park or free ride.

slyder 05-20-2011 06:26 AM

Thanks for the input guys, this is kinda the line of what I have been thinking.
Mhaas, yes our local hill is Alpine and I was considering Tyrol Basin. Granite Peak is a 3 hour trip 1 way. We did it this year but it was expensive, total nearly $600 but I did 2 night stay. I could reduce it to a 1 night stay. I even thought of driving up/back same day. But I think I would be toast and safety of driving. I drive for a living so I know my limits and with a massive day of driving/riding not sure I want to try that, we'll see.

I think I will have the kids ask for a gift certificate or pass for one of the farther hills for birthdays and Christmas and save their allowance's so we can do a longer or more park kinda trip. Some of the other hills sometimes have specials to like mentioned above so I will try to capitalize on those as well.

There have been times this year with our season pass at the local hill that we did leave early. We got banged up or way to crowded or bad conditions. Once we only had an 1 1/2 hours to ride and we had a blast even on the short trip.

Thanks for the input and if you have any more advice plz post it up. Also saving for some more SA videos to help this dad advance, now if I could just talk the kids into watching them lol


Qball 05-20-2011 12:49 PM

Like BA said, the bigger stuff will click and you'll be hitting it no problem. They took out the small park at my mountain and it forced me into riding the bigger parks. I'm glad they did this because I'm now comfortably hitting jumps in the 40ft range.

gprider_capita 05-30-2011 01:18 PM

get the pass at the local hill and go to the other hills like tyrol and granite on their $15 lift ticket nights

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