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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 10:37 AM
FrankDaTank089
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countdown to 09 winter season

So last weekend all my local slopes offically closed up. Because of weather, my last day at the slopes was actually March 8th, at sugar. It was an average of 15 degrees, and average wind gust of 30mph, and up to 55mph. this was pretty harsh for east coast ridding, especially this late into the season, but it was awesome. for twilight on a saturday, i maybe saw an average of 8 to 10 people on the slope. I think it was a great way to end my season.

this will be my first summer inbetween seasons, and its gonna suck, because I already can't wait for opening day at the slopes. lol, I plan on skating a lot but that won't make me forget about next season at all. I plan on getting a season pass somewhere but its hard to decide. I want to really get into freestyle so app would be the best place for that, but they have like 4 or 5 slopes. On the other hand, sugar has tons of slopes, but a pretty crappy park, and they blow a lot, and when they blow, its not up 20 feet above you, but a hose set up to shoot ice right at your face while you pass by it, not only getting you an extra chill, but caking ice on your goggles, which takes more than a whip to get off.

And the suckiest thing is, is that they know they can overcharge here like hell. I know up at snowshoe, wv, probably the best slope I have been to, and supposedly the closest I can get to out west boarding, they charge $299 for a student season pass. Well, I live 4 and a half hours away from that (thats from my home town, and from my school in charlotte, its like 6 hours away, which is where I would be coming from since I will be in school theN).

My local slopes are around 2 hours away (from school and home town about), and there season passes are so overpriced. like i said, app has maybe 5 slopes with two awesome parks, and there student season pass is $390, and at sugar, not sure of student rates, but there regular is about $700. Wish I lived closer to snowshoe, because that is a lot more bang for your buck considering they have 60 trails, seperate night trails, and 3 or 4 terrain park runs.

lol, I was planning on getting a new setup over the summer too (board and bindings). Well, guess I know where all my summer job money is going.

So, is it bad that this is the first summer that I am actually wishing away for the 09 winter season?

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 10:59 AM
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Men you have a lot of thinking to do, but I am not sure if driving 6 hours makes it worth it when you have a closer slope to your place. That $700 season pass is a ripoff, in Colorado they have that season pass for 3 resorts and it goes for $400 I think.

On the other hand at least you can drive to the resorts, the closest driving for me to a ski resort is like 14 hrs of driving and over 800 miles.
post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 11:23 AM
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I've never been a big fan of summer, but now that I have a season of snowboarding under my belt, I'm jonesin' for next season too. The only difference is I'm still able to hit the slopes this season till sometime in May. I'm going up tonight and hit the slopes all day tomorrow.

I started the season on a hand-me-down board so was able to get a pass this season. After reading your post on east coast prices, I'm thanking my lucky stars I live in CO. The three resort pass is $400 and if you pay $40 more you get ten days to Beaver Creek/Vail to use how you like with a few black out dates.

I agree with Simply Ride, you've got a heck of a decision to make. Six hours is a long drive if you can't spend a couple days up there riding.
post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 02:13 PM
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fuck! that really pisses me off about the whole season pass deal. like i said, it was $390 at the place for a student! it was around $650 for a seaon pass there too, thats about how much they all are. I was thinking out west it owuld be like $1000 or so for a season pass, so that really gets me pissed off.

And the worst thing is, is that I am still going to end up buying one, becuase, what can I do about it? I plan on going almost every weekend next season, and I am not about to pay $60 for everyday I'm there every weekend.
post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 03:07 PM
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fuck! that really pisses me off about the whole season pass deal. like i said, it was $390 at the place for a student! it was around $650 for a seaon pass there too, thats about how much they all are. I was thinking out west it owuld be like $1000 or so for a season pass, so that really gets me pissed off.

And the worst thing is, is that I am still going to end up buying one, becuase, what can I do about it? I plan on going almost every weekend next season, and I am not about to pay $60 for everyday I'm there every weekend.
Sorry to piss you off, I really was thanking my lucky stars. I thought what we paid was a little high. Even paying what you pay, as you said, you'll make it back. I've gone probably 40 times (maybe a little more--I've lost track) and it works out to ten bucks a time. I'm amazed at the resort crowd that comes in a couple times a year, buying lift tickets for that week, spending double what a season pass is and not even batting an eye at the cost.
post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 03:37 PM
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the colorado pass is definitely one of the sickest deals out there for season passes. colorado now has a new way to piss me off during snowboard season by potentially imposing tolls on i-70. i believe the proposed plan is $5 each way. i think my disgust for this plan runs so deep that i could probably start a whole thread dedicated to everything i hate about this idea, but i don't have that much time on my hands. my only hope is that it cuts down on lift lines, but chances are if you're coming out to colorado to spend like 28,000 dollars on lift tickets, you could give a flying rat's ass about $10 in tolls.
post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 04:05 PM
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the colorado pass is definitely one of the sickest deals out there for season passes. colorado now has a new way to piss me off during snowboard season by potentially imposing tolls on i-70. i believe the proposed plan is $5 each way. i think my disgust for this plan runs so deep that i could probably start a whole thread dedicated to everything i hate about this idea, but i don't have that much time on my hands. my only hope is that it cuts down on lift lines, but chances are if you're coming out to colorado to spend like 28,000 dollars on lift tickets, you could give a flying rat's ass about $10 in tolls.
If it passes, I'm thinking I may register my truck at my folks house in Frisco since they are saying Summit Co residents would be exempt. Even with an easy pass electronic toll pass the traffic is going to be even worse going up.

Sorry to jack the thread with Colorado issues.
post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 04:07 PM
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the colorado pass is definitely one of the sickest deals out there for season passes. colorado now has a new way to piss me off during snowboard season by potentially imposing tolls on i-70. i believe the proposed plan is $5 each way. i think my disgust for this plan runs so deep that i could probably start a whole thread dedicated to everything i hate about this idea, but i don't have that much time on my hands. my only hope is that it cuts down on lift lines, but chances are if you're coming out to colorado to spend like 28,000 dollars on lift tickets, you could give a flying rat's ass about $10 in tolls.
Men that really sucks, when was this proposed? If it passes, when will they built it? Do you know were in i-70 are they going to built it?

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I just found some info Lawmaker offers I-70 toll plan : Colorado Government : The Rocky Mountain News
man that is ridiculous what about the people that live in the mountain and drive often to Denver. You know what is even worse, we have many tolls in FL but most of then are like $1, in Colorado they go up to $5 out of the bat thats just wack.

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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 04:15 PM
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My season is still going steady and its not even close to being over
post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 04:39 PM
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not only does the toll plan suck, but it won't even go toward building an environmentally friendly solution, like a transit system of some kind. no, instead, let's widen the highway so even more cars can burn fossil fuels getting up there to the mountains. i'm also curious if they've even factored in building and staffing these toll booths into how much money they will generate a year. that, and i doubt there's even any guarantee that all of the money will go to the i-70 project. i am seriously considering getting a different ski pass if this thing passes. if this is going to benefit everyone in the state who ever uses i-70, shouldn't everyone in the state just get taxed to pay for it?
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