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Old 05-18-2014, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yeah, I know, it's a bit early to start obsessing about next season (no it isn't!), but it's time to start looking forward instead of backwards to the truly truly crappy season we just had.

Let me start off with a question: Did anyone buy the Cypress Gold pass through Timmytard's corporate purchase setup? (I have a vague memory that it might have been someone else who set it up this year...). I want to find out how much the corporate Gold pass costs. I bought the Silver, but this year I'm going for the big one for the family. Need to have an idea how much to budget.
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Old 05-18-2014, 02:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All i have to say is...
with great sadness, today is the day i remove the bindings from my boards........

BTW i'm getting families for Cypress too. Gold for me and Silver for the wife and kid. I may get gold for everyone depending on the price for corporates...
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Hey boys, I am looking to buy a season pass next year and just got into vancouver, Which mountain should I buy for?

I ride almost all terrian parks and big jumps, I heard the Quick Park on Grouse is pretty nice?
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey boys, I am looking to buy a season pass next year and just got into vancouver, Which mountain should I buy for?

I ride almost all terrian parks and big jumps, I heard the Quick Park on Grouse is pretty nice?
Seymour is the cheapest if you buy in September, but it is a small mountain. Not much in the way of moguls. Good advance park, beginner park sucks to the extent that it exists at all.

Grouse is the only one of the three that has public transit all the way to the doors (if that matters to you). Their Y2Play individual pass is almost as cheap as the Seymour early bird discounts, but that's only available near the end of the season so you've missed it. Grouse has lots of steep blacks with moguls, but their weekends are totally insane. I have friends who buy seasons passes and they say that by 11:30 am you might as well just go home. Grouse also has a gondola to get to the actual ski area so you can't get to your car during the day. Most of their non-black runs are pretty boring.

Cypress is a bit more expensive but it has the most runs and the most variety of runs of the three IMO. Best beginner park and good advanced park (although maybe not as good as Seymour). You can get a good deal for a seasons pass by buying a corporate pass. Timmytard sets up a corporate deal every year through this forum, some time in the fall. I think that Cypress has more local forum members as regulars.

Disclaimer: after 6 years of being a Seymour regular, I'm switching to Cypress this season so my review may suffer from confirmation bias. I used to do Grouse when I skied.

Just as an aside, you can also do day trips to Whistler, Hemlock, Manning, and Baker. There may even be people living in Vancouver who have seasons passes to these places but they must have access to free gas (no chili jokes please )
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Grouse park hands down the best out of the 3. Jump lines went up late this season and there were only 2 with the second being built even later, BUT the quicksilver park is awesome, there are park jams, and there's a larger park oriented community so there's always people to talk to about certain features if you're unsure.

Cypress had better jumps this year but their parks don't come close to Grouse's not to mention there are way too many "elderly" folk that frequent that mountain. If you're a park rat, Grouse is the way to go.

You can also squeeze a lot more park runs in since the screaming eagle chair (the lift that services the parks/jumps) is a short one.
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Mhmm thanks guys! I was lucky to be able to grab a Early Bird pass to grouse really cheap! So pretty stoked! Although this year was pretty weird on the snowfall account. I have a feeling next year will be amazing.
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Paid for the whistler pass already! (or rather the deposit until September or whatever the deal is)

I think the mountain is going RFID next season. don't really know how that is going to save time - still have to load everyone but it's a few less poor Aussies to hire and I guess they can start charging per run.

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Paid for the whistler pass already! (or rather the deposit until September or whatever the deal is)

I think the mountain is going RFID next season. don't really know how that is going to save time - still have to load everyone but it's a few less poor Aussies to hire and I guess they can start charging per run.

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Until now they've had a couple of people with barcode readers scanning your pass as you came in. Now they'll just have someone watching for people coming in who don't "beep". OTOH it becomes much easier to use someone else's pass since they won't be checking pix.
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Until now they've had a couple of people with barcode readers scanning your pass as you came in. Now they'll just have someone watching for people coming in who don't "beep". OTOH it becomes much easier to use someone else's pass since they won't be checking pix.
Depends. I know on some hills around here the pic will pop up on the monitor in the booth by the gate. I've never seen anyone pulled out for using another person's pass, but it did scare me off of using my friend's wife's pass. I do question how they could pick the people out with helmets and goggles, but it is a hefty price tag (a new pass) if you do get caught.
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Depends. I know on some hills around here the pic will pop up on the monitor in the booth by the gate. I've never seen anyone pulled out for using another person's pass, but it did scare me off of using my friend's wife's pass. I do question how they could pick the people out with helmets and goggles, but it is a hefty price tag (a new pass) if you do get caught.
The system is flawed and they know it is. I got my first season pass this year in like 10 years, my picture was still on record so they used that. I have glasses on which I never wear, the picture is blurred, but it doesn't really matter. About all you can tell is if the gender of the person is the same. The payoff of investing in a more fool proof system simply isn't there when for very little effort you can stop 95% of it.
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