Ive looked into spring trips to hood and yes the spring pass is a bargain compared to the MVP.
However one thing to consider is that Hood spins the chairs on weekends only. Maybe Fri-Sun. Mammoth will run them 7 days a week until they close. So if you're at Hood, then you are up there all week and you have to find non snowboarding entertainment. Maybe that's ok maybe it's not.
Mammoth reduces the ticket price in april to I think 75 a day (I know, still outragous) but they often do deals for mid week specials. Keep your eyes open. It can also be very cheap to stay up there in May. Ive bargained weekly rates at sleazy non chain motels. Usually with no house keeping included. If you have a bike, bring it. There's tons of great road and mtn biking. Ive done days where I board in the morning and bike in the evening. Its rad.
the cost of food up there will kill you however, there is NO way to eat cheap. Vons has mid week sales (usually wed or thur) but it's still expensive. Driving down to Bishop is no cheaper and then thats a lot of gas $. A lot of people do the happy hour thing which is reasonable but I hate bar food. I'm very picky about what I eat quality wise and I hate eating out.
I've spent 2-3 weeks up there at a time and Ive brought two coolers of food and bags full of dry goods to make it work without spending a fortune on food. Usually I bring everything but meat with me, I will just pay the over inflated vons price for protein. Also, I've brought bags and bags of oranges of lemons from home with me (I have trees) use them to barter with other ski bums. lol.
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Last edited by mixie; 03-03-2013 at 11:18 AM.