If you are looking to to make a good investment in these shaky economic times, a season pass for the 2009-2010 ski season might be your best investment of the year. If you get enough trips in you can actually pay for the pass and start skiing for “free”. It might be better to hit the slopes for some stress reduction than watch the money decline in your investment portfolio. Right now is the time to jump on the best deals for season passes, with varied options in pricing and blackout dates you could save yourself a bundle next winter.
Although individual mountains throughout New England offer their own, respective season passes, the way to get the most value for your money is to get a ski pass that will be accepted at several mountains like the “New England Pass”. The “New England Pass” is valid at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon Mountain and can be purchased now at a couple of different restriction levels. The “Gold” pass runs $949.00 and has no blackout dates, allows for the purchase of 4 $50/day tickets for friends and family, and gets a 15% discount at the mountains ski shops. The “Silver” pass goes for $649.00 and has 14 blackout dates (Sat 12/26 - Fri 1/1; Sat 1/16 - Mon 1/18; Sat 2/13 - Mon 2/15; Sat 2/20) and receives a 10% discount at the mountain ski shops. The “Bronze” pass is $399.00 and only good for skiing Monday through Friday with the following black out dates, Thur 11/26- Fri 11/27; Fri 12/25; Mon 12/28 - Fri 1/1; Mon 1/18; Mon 2/15 - Fri 2/19, plus a 10% discount at the mountain ski shops. If you happen to be a full time college student the season pass is available with no blackout dates for $329.00. in addition to the great skiing and riding accessible in New England with this season pass you also can get discounts on tickets or even free tickets at other Boyne resorts nationwide. If some of the prices seem a little bit steep, you can take advantage of the payment plans available and make three payments over the summer instead of the lump sum up front.
A season pass is one of the best ways to ensure that you actually get out in ski. Putting the money up front for your pass is an excellent motivator to get you up to the mountains. As a bonus if you get enough trips in you can start to ski for “free”, at some mountains, like those served by the “New England Pass”, after twelve days of skiing you begin to break even. Another hidden benefit of the season pass is that you won’t feel guilty about leaving early on a day with poor conditions and you won’t need to convince yourself to buy a half-day ticket if you want to get a few runs in the morning you head home. Finally nothing beats getting to the mountain and not having to wait in line, in the cold, to buy your lift ticket.