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First of all, let it be known that I have absolutely no affiliation with the Meriden Ski Club other than being a long-time member. I rarely attend meetings. I'm just trying to get the word out for CT snowboarders who don't want to pay $100 a lift ticket, and want to ride VT/NH for as little as $25-35.

That said -- if you can make it Thursday night, the Meriden chapter of the CT Ski Council is holding an open house. Gear vendors and mountain reps will supposedly be there. You can get your Ski Club pass card at the open house. There is usually food and stuff and these kind of events. The $35 membership will pay for itself the very first time you buy a lift ticket, and you'll get the chapter's "Owner discount" rate to Mt. Snow every day of the year. Last I checked it was $49, even weekends and holidays.

Here is a link to the Meriden chapter's web site/open house...

Meriden Ski & Snowboard Club OPEN HOUSE Meriden Ski & Snowboard Club Thursday, October 26th 7PM

Here is their 2017-18 calendar of Ski Council cheap tickets

Meriden Ski & Snowboard Club ? CSC Awareness Days ? Preliminary

It's the best deal going. Seriously, combined with a ski club membership and a Warren Miller movie ticket you can ride the best of New England super cheap this winter. You can thank me later. :)
 

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As was actually going to post something similar today. The club I join is only $15 for the entire 'family'.

Along with MT Snow, for the CT people you also get some pretty good season long discounts at Butternut, Sundown, and Southington.

I was actually a little bit disappointed in this years weekend awareness days offerings. Lots of Stowe/Jay which is a bit out of my driving range, not a ton of Southern VT on weekends. But still for the price can't be beat.
 

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As was actually going to post something similar today. The club I join is only $15 for the entire 'family'.

Along with MT Snow, for the CT people you also get some pretty good season long discounts at Butternut, Sundown, and Southington.

I was actually a little bit disappointed in this years weekend awareness days offerings. Lots of Stowe/Jay which is a bit out of my driving range, not a ton of Southern VT on weekends. But still for the price can't be beat.
I agree, not the best calendar they've had. But $15 mid-week for Butternut is insane! We basically plan our weekends around this calendar. If we don't want to drive far, Mt. Snow is always a great back-up plan.
 

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I usually only use it maybe 2 times for Mt Snow before xmas assuming they have enough open, superbowl sunday at okemo, for some reason they always have that day, then a few more times to close out the season at snow.
 

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We'll use the Jay/Burke, and Waterville, and the Stowe deal is a steal. I'll even hit up Pico for $37. The cut-rate tickets pay for the gas at least. And Meriden Ski Club always has a couple of good tailgate parties in the parking lot. Any way you slice it, it's a good deal.
 

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As was actually going to post something similar today. The club I join is only $15 for the entire 'family'.

Along with MT Snow, for the CT people you also get some pretty good season long discounts at Butternut, Sundown, and Southington.

I was actually a little bit disappointed in this years weekend awareness days offerings. Lots of Stowe/Jay which is a bit out of my driving range, not a ton of Southern VT on weekends. But still for the price can't be beat.
It seems like the prices for these clubs vary quite a bit. I join for the discounts at Snow and in some cases the awareness days at other mountains. My question is, are the discounts at Snow all the same (non awareness days)? With the Talcott mountain membership I have you get the group rate on non awareness days. My guess is the reason the prices vary for the clubs depends on what other benefits they offer other than lift tickets. If I can get a "family" membership for $15 (or $25 at some I've looked at) what difference does it make what club I join if we all pay the same price for lift tickets.
 

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It seems like the prices for these clubs vary quite a bit. I join for the discounts at Snow and in some cases the awareness days at other mountains. My question is, are the discounts at Snow all the same (non awareness days)? With the Talcott mountain membership I have you get the group rate on non awareness days. My guess is the reason the prices vary for the clubs depends on what other benefits they offer other than lift tickets. If I can get a "family" membership for $15 (or $25 at some I've looked at) what difference does it make what club I join if we all pay the same price for lift tickets.
If you're only going for the lift tickets, then it doesn't matter which club you join. We keep rejoining Meriden (one of the more expensive ones) just out of habit, really. We used to live reasonably close to them, and a friend invited me. We have two kids who were included then, too. We almost never go to to any events, and Meriden holds lots of them. Probably why they're so expensive compared to others. They have meetings every Thursday, and there is always some sort of party. A pot luck, a holiday party, ski porn, gear give-aways -- we never go to any of them. And they sponsor two big ski trips every year, to Europe or out west. They also do stuff all summer long, and essentially turn into a mountain bike club. Again, we don't participate, so I'm not sure why we don't find a cheaper club. But even at $35, the membership pays for itself the first time out.

Anyway, as for Mt. Snow, it's the same rate all the time, $49, even on blackouts and holidays. So if we don't like the awareness day on a particular weekend, we'll just go to Mt. Snow.
 

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This was my assumption, thanks. If I was closer to one of these clubs I would probably get involved in some of the additional benefits.
Meriden also does lots of bus trips. They're wicked cheap -- bus fare and lift tix for usually about $60. I've never been on one, but friends tell me they're just rolling parties. If you don't have to drive, the Bloody Marys and stuff start early. Or so they say.
 

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I inquired at Torrington due to the $25 family fee. Newport has a club, but it's pricey and I doubt I would get any benefit out of it.
 

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As mentioned, each club has its own benefits. The one I join is bare bones. All you get is a card with a sticker on it for that year and you never hear from them until next year when you send in your forms again.

Some of the clubs are just a group of people who happen to work at one of the larger employers like Pratt, Sikorsky or Aetna or other insurance company who decide to make one of their own. These are usually the cheapest.

Some of them do charity events, end of the year dinners with raffles, monthly get togethers for beer, etc. The larger ones also sponsor trips out west and to Europe and South America in the off season that are really some pretty good all inclusive deals.

You really can find a good fit for whatever your needs are and almost all of them have a pay off of about 1 trip.


Oh, and just to clarify, the title is a bit misleading. There are no requirements to be a CT resident.
 

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Good point about the CT residency. I have four friends who live in Mass who are members of the CT Ski Council.

Another good thing to point out for the would-be scammers out there; f00b mentioned "a card with a sticker on it." Yes, you get a card with a bar-code on it. Virtually every mountain is pretty strict about seeing picture ID's which match the ski club card. Some even have printed lists of club members and will look up your name. Don't plan on giving your card to friends. And only one cheap ticket per card. Minor, but stuff you should know before signing up.
 
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