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Old 02-27-2012, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Change season passes to different hill??? Input...

Many of you know me and my kids though my postings.

My kids want to change where our season passes will be at for next year. I think they want to ride better park features. One of our local hills is a totally man made hill, 2 chairs and 1 tow. It is under new management from another local hill that is VERY good. Great park, great customer service, and really there for the riders. Here are a few pics of it to give you a feel, even in this bad winter here in the mid west they strive to make it good riding.

That is literally the whole hill. Sorry for the big pics link from their site...





My middle boy has ridden here once this year. I'm taking everyone this weekend or soon, so we can all get a feel for the hill.

Some points pros/cons for both hills no real order just typing what comes off my head.
Current hill:
  • crowded
  • park gets neglected
  • there are 7 other runs
  • 3 high speed chairs
  • park is getting better
  • $150 more per person
  • equal travel time
New hill
  • what do I ride when I get bored of park
  • tons of park, good park and still expanding
  • slow chairs
  • tons of park rats ( ole dad feels intimidated sometimes)
  • better park to expand my skill set
  • day pass for friends is cheaper than other hill

Wondering how I/we decide whether it is worth it to change to a new "Home Hill"????
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what hill are those pictures of? is that sunburst?
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Where is that? Not gonna lie that park setup looks gangsta. But it needs to be a bit longer.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Is one of em Tyrol?

Well I'd say it probably doesn't matter, may as well go where the kids want. If you guys don't love it, there's always next year!

Even the place with more runs..I mean...its not like its on a mountain

You will probably be forced to get better.

Personally I'm just getting into the season pass/50-100 day seasons, so I'm working through them. Last year was Copper/Winter Park. This year Its Keystone/Breck/A-basin. I miss Copper alot, hated WP (not that I wont have fun there, but woundnt pay for a season pass there), Keystone and Breck have the best jumps progression in multiple parks, which is what I'm into. A-basin has some really cool terrain right off the front of the mountain, and can be epic on the right days. All my friends prefer Loveland, so next year I plan to combine like a Loveland weekday pass and a Copper pass or something.

Point being try it out

and save $450 or whatever for something cool.
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Tyrol and Sunburst would definitely be the best hills to get a pass at around your area slyder, because either one has a sick park but i think tyrol has a little more to offer and they also have some crazy season pass deals sometimes.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Save money with the cheaper passes and put the savings towards an annual family trip to the Rockies?
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I guess ill be the voice of dissent then... Sounds like your old place has a better mountain with a better setup for you, more runs, better lifts, but it isnt quite as well maintained as the other place.

I think the grass is just greener on the new mountains side. Phrase it like this: Smaller runs and less of them, too much park and not enough room to carve, slow ass chairlifts, and then ask yourself if it still sounds like you thought. I think id take bigger and better runs and chairlifts than better maintenance, assuming that your current place isnt just a complete dump.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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This is Olympia which Tyrol Basin is now the new management of and running all operations.

Time is an issue as we ride during the week often, one week we rode 6 of 7 days. I will either meet the kids at the hill after work/school or we will all go after work and get a few hours in and be home by 9:45 on a school night for them. All other hills are 1hour to 1.5 hours away from me. Both of these hills are 30minutes and it takes me 15 minutes just to get to a freeway from my house. These are the only doable hills.

All input is appreciated. Thinking we will all just have to hit the hill and see how it is then sit down and discuss where we want to ride. I know they will want the more park option. Like SK said try other hills you don't have to go back the next year if you don't want to.

Right now I'm nursing a very sore back, work related, so not sure I can hit it up this weekend. I'll see if chiropractor can snap me back into shape.
I'll keep you all posted and thanks
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Realistically you're like super dad family guy which is cool to see. Have to ask yourself what do the kids want and what is better for them. Your intimidation in the park is probably more than the kids and at that age they're going to push it regardless of where they ride. Let them be the deciders of this decision since either way you're getting quality family time with them.
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