I found a couple of great coupons for other mountains in my area. $9 for a Sunday pass at one mt, and $10 for any day pass at another. This might be the first year I get to ski different slopes. Like Rachel said, when you have a season pass you don't tend to go elsewhere. But "my" mountain is only 15 minutes away so that is pretty good incentive to stay there as well. Went out yesterday for 4 hours...beautiful conditions!!!
My family and I buy season passes for Snowbasin a local resort here in UT where the downhill olympics were held in 2002. If it was just my husband and I it would be pricey ($1600 for the 2) but kids under 18 are $250 each so the 5 of us together comes out to about $500 per person. We go atleast 15 times if not more so it pays for itself. The drawback is we tend not to go to other spots because we don't want to not get our money's worth. At the same time if we go up and the day turns crummy or crowded we don't feel bad about leaving.
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I bought season passes for my son and I for Mount Seymour, one of the local mountains near my house. I cashed in on the early-bird special by buying in September and paid $289 for an adult pass and $69 for a child's pass. They are regularly $699 and $199 respectively, so it's an awesome deal, especially if the snow lasts like it did last year (we skied up to April 15th last year).
I have a pass and get in on deals at other bigger resorts as well, both discounts and multi-ticket packages. My local ski club helps with the discounted one-sy deals. I try to do a fair amount of back-country skiing too, and just got some snowshoes as well.
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I bought my kids passes, but won't buy myself one this year. It works out just as well for me to do a ladies day once a week and get a lunch with my lift ticket. With the $ economic stress, I think my downhill days will be limited and I'll be hitting the X-country trails for free.
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The last two years I have purchased unlimited passes for the hill 15 minutes away, but I never went on weekends or holidays because it was so crowded. So this year I am getting a limited Monday-Thursday pass. Much cheaper and I don't use those other days anyway. The other hills around are a farther drive and offer less runs so I only ski one mt. Over break I will ski Purgatory when we go visit my FIL for Christmas. Those are the big mts, fun times.
I'm wondering how many of you out there are season pass holders, or if you're near a local ski area.
I hold a season pass to a little hill not far from home, so it's easy to go out and make a few turns on a day that I might not have gone out at all. It's nice to know I can go out and ski an hour and it's not costing me a fortune.
Many ski areas offer great deals on pre-season ticket sales. I bulk purchased some tickets for other ski areas near me as well, as an incentive to get out even more. Hard to say you won't go if you've already paid for it.
I'm wondering if others are taking advantage to get more time on the slopes.
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