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huby, I am not one that has complained about passes as you state, just one for whom skiing schedule vs price has finally tipped into the "NO" column. It is not the $30 this year, it is the $200 in the last several years. I do not argue with any businesses right to price their product as they see fit. As someone who skis a couple of hours at a time maybe once a week, the pass no longer makes sense.
This year was the last year for a pass for me. I guess I might look at a 20 day version, but it just is not worth it anymore especially since when I get to go it seems to be for a couple of hours.
$30 is a drop in the bucket. that much money shouldn't make anyone reconsider a $1000 purchase. that is 3% of the cost. just look around on the ground. i've probably picked up $30 worth of pocket change lying around in parking lots this winter. $30 is less than ten gallons of gasoline for your car. $30 is about two bags of groceries at the store. or one bag if you shop at the market on the mountain. $30 is about one third of the cost of a single day ticket. every skier on the mountain is wearing $2000 of clothing, boots, poles, skis, bindings etc. the people answering yes to this question are the same ones who keep whining because intrawest didn't give them a $400 pass to ski copper, winter park and steamboat.
$650 for a years use of the Old Town Hot Springs looks better all the time.
I saw 2 kids buy pizza and cokes for lunch at the 3rd floor of Thunderhead and pay more than $30. The money is not so bad if they continue to fix and improve things. You can get in an extra run for the time you save in the Gondi line now that Christie Express is an option.
Ski 30 days @ $1000 = $33 per action, fun-filled few hours.
Ski 30 days @ $1030 = $34 per incredibly great skiing.
30 lunches on the mountain = $450
Packing a lunch to beat the system - priceless!
If I'm not mistaken, the cost of a pass went up $30.00 last season (07/08). The 07/08 season started a week late and then closed a week earlier than it should have. I realize that Easter came a little earlier than usual this year, but the mountain should have still stayed open until the 13th. We all know the only reason that the mountain did not stay open as long as it should have was because there were no touists coming to town. It would have been a nice gesture by the mountain to stay open as long as they should have so that the locals (remember us?) could have enjoyed an almost complete ski season, especially since we had 500 inches of snow this year. How much money did the mountain save by opening a week late? Could these savings be passed along to the locals for the 08/09 season? FAT CHANCE!
Our mindset as similar to the Hubster. An extra 30 bucks a year is chump change for us considering it was a 68 day/partial day year (about a buck twenty-five per run this year but won't expect that again forever). Recreating on the mountain is a high priority and we'll skimp on other activities and accouterments in an attempt to balance things out (besides the hot springs, a yearly pass at the Howelsen Ice Rink for the over 50 crowd is a mere 50 bucks not to mention the free barbecue this coming monday).
Clearly, expenditures for all ski mountain owners rise with stagflation specifically when overall skier-days decline, a money making Hedge Fund like Fortress-Intrawest comes to town constructing and expecting a significant bottom line in the black, the price of oil rests at a mere 112 bucks a barrel and all the while the number of mom and pop resorts like alta that accrue a relatively humble profit dwindle....I've learned this year that many folks from Crested Butte have been less than enamored with the Muellers as well.
Three percent doesn't sound like much until you look at the big picture, i.e. taxes, gas, heating, groceries, etc. etc. which are all going up by higher percentages. This may be one more straw that breaks the lifestyle back.
do you people know how to read, comprehend, and answer a question? trying to justify your answer with other factors isn't answering the question. answer the question given. the question isn't about the big picture, taxes, gas, and every other expense in your life. it isn't about the $30 increase last year, or the $200+ price increase over the past several years either. it is whether or not you will buy a pass next year because of next years $30 increase in price. if you voted yes for any reason other than the $30 increase next year, then you are skewing the results. if you aren't buying a pass because of the increase over the past several years, then your answer to the question is no. if you aren't buying the pass because of all the other expenses in your life don't let you afford it, then your answer is no. i have a feeling that another local, chortler, and bwatterson all voted yes in the poll, but are trying give other reasons for their yes vote because obviously $30 isn't the real reason they won't buy a pass.
Do you know how to read & comprehend ? Who said the question was about the big picture ? I was responding to the other comments.
Now chillax !!
so your answer, is
"no, a $30 increase isn't enough to make me reconsider a purchasing a pass next year."
is that really how you voted in the poll?
i didn't think so.
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