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    Wink Pass, Badges and Discounts

    Last year before the season began I started the thread below about whether or not to get a Stowe pass. It lead to a useful and helpful discussion regarding pros and cons of various Northern Vermont mountains.

    http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthr...ght=stowe+pass

    I decided not to get a pass because I wanted to bounce around, chase snow and not feel locked into one mountain. Now a year later I am reflecting on my decision and recalculating what to do for this season.

    Stowe/Smuggs/Notch area is SO awesome and where I spend the most time but I tend to ski the resorts mainly on the weekends since I work mon-fri. At around $2,000 a Stowe pass isn't really economical for the # of potential days I am able to get out there. Last year I had near 30 resort days at Stowe, Smuggs, Bolton, Jay, SB and Killington.

    If you are like me and are someone who works full time and spends most of your time skiing the northern vermont particularly in the Notch here is what I recommend.

    Buy a VT Traveler club Card for $44. This gets you discounts at just about all VT resorts and select hotels and restaurants. You don't have to live in VT to get the card. If you use the card at least 3-4 times it's well worth the money.

    http://www.classicskitours.net/vermonttravel.asp

    With this card I paid:

    $62 at Stowe. Normal rate is $92.
    $42 at Jay. Normal rate is $69
    $45 at Bolton (35 mid week). Normal is $56
    $51 at Smuggs. Normal is $68

    The Stowe savings is the best deal you get with the card. I went to Stowe 12 times this past season and paid a total of $744. Normal ticket rate for 12 visits would have been $1,104 without the VT club card.

    On top of the VT club card you can then get a Smuggs Bash Badge or Bash badge plus for $100 or $169 which gets you $25 day tickets and $15 1/2 day tickets at Smuggs plus free early and late season skiing. This alone is an awesome deal because Smuggs is better than most people realize.

    VT Club Card + Bash Badge is the best combo I can figure out for weekend/holiday skiing in Northern Vermont for anyone who doesn't want to be locked into one mountain.

    Can't wait to get this season going!!




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    I like it! This should be on the Skiing on the Cheap 13-14 thread!

    I love the resorts that do $10 off like that is a big deal! Then again those resorts use the price for crowd control!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck_It_Baby View Post
    Last year before the season began I started the thread below about whether or not to get a Stowe pass. It lead to a useful and helpful discussion regarding pros and cons of various Northern Vermont mountains.

    http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthr...ght=stowe+pass

    I decided not to get a pass because I wanted to bounce around, chase snow and not feel locked into one mountain. Now a year later I am reflecting on my decision and recalculating what to do for this season.

    Stowe/Smuggs/Notch area is SO awesome and where I spend the most time but I tend to ski the resorts mainly on the weekends since I work mon-fri. At around $2,000 a Stowe pass isn't really economical for the # of potential days I am able to get out there. Last year I had near 30 resort days at Stowe, Smuggs, Bolton, Jay, SB and Killington.

    If you are like me and are someone who works full time and spends most of your time skiing the northern vermont particularly in the Notch here is what I recommend.

    Buy a VT Traveler club Card for $44. This gets you discounts at just about all VT resorts and select hotels and restaurants. You don't have to live in VT to get the card. If you use the card at least 3-4 times it's well worth the money.

    http://www.classicskitours.net/vermonttravel.asp

    With this card I paid:

    $62 at Stowe. Normal rate is $92.
    $42 at Jay. Normal rate is $69
    $45 at Bolton (35 mid week). Normal is $56
    $51 at Smuggs. Normal is $68

    The Stowe savings is the best deal you get with the card. I went to Stowe 12 times this past season and paid a total of $744. Normal ticket rate for 12 visits would have been $1,104 without the VT club card.

    On top of the VT club card you can then get a Smuggs Bash Badge or Bash badge plus for $100 or $169 which gets you $25 day tickets and $15 1/2 day tickets at Smuggs plus free early and late season skiing. This alone is an awesome deal because Smuggs is better than most people realize.

    VT Club Card + Bash Badge is the best combo I can figure out for weekend/holiday skiing in Northern Vermont for anyone who doesn't want to be locked into one mountain.

    Can't wait to get this season going!!


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    I think you should go with what you did last year. If I lived in Vermont I would buy those cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    I think you should go with what you did last year. If I lived in Vermont I would buy those cards.
    Yep that's the plan Scotty! You should get yourself up to NVT this winter!

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    Glad you were able to make it work last season. And I had never heard of that deal before. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck_It_Baby View Post
    Yep that's the plan Scotty! You should get yourself up to NVT this winter!
    I make trip or two I am sure, but can't justify or afford expensive of going all the way up their, have fun in snowy parts were your at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck_It_Baby View Post
    Yep that's the plan Scotty! You should get yourself up to NVT this winter!
    Add the Ride and Ski card and you are set. $35 includes a free lift ticket and ski every Saturday around NE on a 2 fer! You get Jay Peak on Sunday-Friday on a 2 fer as well and other Mid Weeks that can be taken every now and then. Last year there were 2 fer tour stops at Sugarbush, Jay Peak, Bolton valley and Burke! Definitely worth it and makes a nice combo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    Add the Ride and Ski card and you are set. $35 includes a free lift ticket and ski every Saturday around NE on a 2 fer! You get Jay Peak on Sunday-Friday on a 2 fer as well and other Mid Weeks that can be taken every now and then. Last year there were 2 fer tour stops at Sugarbush, Jay Peak, Bolton valley and Burke! Definitely worth it and makes a nice combo!
    I don't know this card....have a link??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck_It_Baby View Post
    I don't know this card....have a link??
    http://www.rideandskine.com/Home.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    I make trip or two I am sure, but can't justify or afford expensive of going all the way up their, have fun in snowy parts were your at.
    You can definitely get up here on the cheap if you don't require fancy accommodations.

    In Killington Stay at Turn of River Lodge for $ 30-35 in a bunk. I did this for years before I moved to VT.

    http://turnofriverlodge.com/


    In the Mad River Valley stay at Hostel Tevere for $35 a night.

    http://hosteltevere.com/

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