Monday, October 1, 2007

Don't Let The Season Pass!

It’s already that time of year when the air is a little more crisp, the brightly colored leaves begin to fall and your thoughts turn to how many days you plan to ski this winter, and more importantly, where. As you may know there have been a lot of ski resort transactions in the area with the dissolving of American Skiing Co. The new owners of Killington seem to be focused on the skiing. That’s a good thing… we’ll see. The new owners at Mount Snow are betting the farm on fan-type snow guns. Meanwhile Okemo’s owners (for the past 26 years) remain consistently focused on providing the best overall skiing experience possible, from the snow surface on up. Okemo has once again scored highly in Grooming, Snow, Terrain Parks, Family Programs, Lifts, On-Mountain Food in SKI Magazine’s Reader Resort Survey, October 2007. So, go with whom you know and spend your season with your friends at Okemo. The best laid plans are made by Monday, October 8th to get the best season pass rates this fall.

I’ve learned that Okemo’s opening date has been slated for Saturday, November 17, 2007, weather permitting, of course. Or should I say temperatures permitting? We all know what Okemo’s mountain operations team can lay down when Mother Nature cooperates.

As for variety, there’s truly an offering for just about everyone. Whether you are a weekday, a weekend, or a weekend/holiday slider. Or maybe you’d like to try nearby Stratton Mountain on occasion, or perhaps venture to Crested Butte Colorado. If you’d like to save all season, you should consider the Flex Card that offers between 25% and 50% off every day of the season on full-day as well as half-day and Sunday Solution tickets. There is also the 8-Pack and 12-Pack which is a good bet for primarily weekend holiday skiers and riders that gives you one free ticket with the purchase of seven, or two free tickets with the purchase of 11 tickets. 8/12 Packs are transferable, Flex Cards are not. Season passes are direct-to-lift. Flex Cards and 8/12 Packs require a stop at the ticket window.

You don’t have to own a second home in the mountains to enjoy the many cool benefits of owning a season pass. The best value is value’s namesake, the Value Pass Plus, aimed at weekday and weekenders this pass has only 17 black out days (those holidays, when you probably have other commitments anyway!) all season and is good at Okemo, Mount Sunapee and Stratton.

For the gotta-have-the-best set, the Ultra Pass may be used at Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Stratton or Crested Butte every day the lifts turn. For first trackers, Okemo and Stratton will send you up the lifts at least 15 minutes before the rest so you can enjoy a few magical moments of powdery bliss or corduroy solitude like only a ski patroller can.

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