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hey guys, all summer long I told myself that I was going to forgo the season pass (Brighton) this year and sweat for 100% of my turns.

Well its close to decision time and Im having second thoughts.
All my riding and skiing friends say ill regret it on powder days, which I might.

But I think its silly to pay some fat cat to ride on land I already pay for and the resort scene usually bugs me.

I used my split last season more than my solid anyway and I'd rather not fight all the agro dudes who crawl out from under their rocks on pow days for a spot in the lift line 30 min before first chair.

For anyone who swore off resort riding, what are your thoughts?
 

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I haven't ridden at the resort going on four seasons now.

Here is the thing. The powder days are always better in the bc than at the ski area.

You'll get more fit doing it and avoid the shit show that is the resort.

There are a few days that you may actually want to go to the resort. Because of the retard amount of snow that fell over night or something along those lines. Pay for that day if you must.

Otherwise, I'd just split. Hell, when I plan snowboard trips now, I plan them around going splitting in the backcountry and not riding at a resort. So far I have no regrets.

I do like the freedom of deciding for myself what is safe and what isn't. Being away from the crowds and out in stellar scenery is another perk. Lastly, the runs are generally of much higher quality than inbounds. That seals the deal for me.
 

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I have had a Brighton pass last 3 years. Loved it but last year used it I think 10 times. Was more expensive having a pass so this year I am not getting a pass. I plan on doing nothing but touring this year. Going to use the pass money and take my Avy 2.
 

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I'm actually planning on getting one myself this season. It'll be the first one I ever had but I really don't know much about bc and like the part benefit

I think I'll be working M-F 9-5 during the week I'd really only have time for night snowboarding so a pass seems good for me. But I do get the hectic environment found at parks and how it's annoying sometimes but w/e I'm not the most experience rider so I think it's beside the point to ponder it for me. :dunno:
 

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If I were you I would have choosen the place with longer track and higher mountains. It's worth taking a risk of bad snow.
 

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The 2011-2012 season I got a pass to Brighton for weekday nights only; I instantly changed that for the full pass. I MAYBE barely got my money's worth since I only went night skiing once or twice, and everyweekend I was splitboarding. Last season I didn't get a pass and it proved to be perfect. Almost every weekend I was splitboarding. Power days are SO much better in the back country. How often do you get untouched powder at the resort? There's still plenty of low angle stuff to ride on high danger days. I didn't hit the resort at all last season. I think you get to enjoy the outdoors a lot more with backcountry riding than at any resort.
 
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