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    MAX Pass 2017-18

    Thinking about going with Wachusett + Add On for next year. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything on the rumor mill about any resorts being added. I remember last year a couple got added mid summer. Would be nice to see the east offerings get a little better. Stratton, Okemo, Sunapee, Loon are all kind of ehh... I'll probably get my money's worth at K and Pico and hopefully a Loaf trip. Also want to finally go west for the first time. But would be cool if they could add another independent hill like Jay or Smuggs.

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    2017-18 days - 3

    Wachusett: 11/12, 11/13, 11/14

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    They just added a whole slew (4 to be precise) of New York areas (Bell, Windham, Gore, and Whiteface). I wouldn't look for any more additions in the east, west who knows. What changes after this year will be interesting too.

    Our experience with the Max Pass this past season was outstanding. 9 days in Colorado, 5 days in Utah, 8 days in Vermont and 4 days in New Hampshire. (12 in Pa but that's a different ticket) The variety in our opinion was great. With the New York additions (2 of them are day trips for us) next season should be better. We enjoy spending full weekends checking out one resort and its great for that. We pretty much enjoyed all the areas you listed, so if you don't like the eastern choices it may not be the ticket for you.

    Alex

    Lake Hopatcong, NJ

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    Like Alex said, any eastern additions appear unlikely. When Max announced Whiteface and Gore on fb there was a comment asking about any 'big mountain' additions to which Max replied, Stay Tuned!!

    Given Whiteface is about as big as anything on the east coast gets, any new additions I think have to come from out west.

    I opted for the Max for this upcoming season and I'm quite excited by it.

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    Whiteface and Gore are both substantial additions for the east...they may not be as appealing to people in central/eastern MA, but MAX with those additions is definitely a great eastern multi-pass in my book.

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    I forgot whiteface and gore were added...hit both of them a couple years ago and look forward to going again.
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    2017-18 days - 3

    Wachusett: 11/12, 11/13, 11/14

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    I'm going with the Belleayre only season pass with the MAX add on. I think it's a great deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdskier View Post
    Whiteface and Gore are both substantial additions for the east...they may not be as appealing to people in central/eastern MA, but MAX with those additions is definitely a great eastern multi-pass in my book.
    I'm in Boston and I'm excited to head to at least Whiteface next year and hopefully both for 3-4 days apiece. Been wanting to head to Whiteface for many years now. Its not that much farther than SL. Most skiers over here just don't think of NY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jully View Post
    I'm in Boston and I'm excited to head to at least Whiteface next year and hopefully both for 3-4 days apiece. Been wanting to head to Whiteface for many years now. Its not that much farther than SL. Most skiers over here just don't think of NY.
    I'll say Gore is well worth it and a really great mountain. I've skied there several times and never been disappointed. Whiteface on the other hand seems to require good timing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdskier View Post
    I'll say Gore is well worth it and a really great mountain. I've skied there several times and never been disappointed. Whiteface on the other hand seems to require good timing.
    Hmm, good things to know and consider! Maybe I'll make Gore the priority over WF.

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    I went with the MAX again this year. We really enjoyed it this past season... still have 1 ticket left at Killington I'm hoping to use for some Superstar laps.

    '16/'17 season we rode 4 days at Big Sky, 4 days at Copper, 4 at Killington, 3 at Loon, 1 at Sunday River and 1 at FckStratton.

    Decided not to bother with the Wachusett Pass + Add-On since we only did Wachusett 6 times last year and the MAX includes 5 tickets to Wachusett anyways. Even with the new snowmaking system, there wasn't any less ice or better quality snow most nights. So, I figure I'll just keep the $49 difference to use for something else and we can still go to Wachusett 5 times whenever we want, if we want. Weekends during the season at Wachusett are in my opinion out of the question due to the small trails and crowds. I refuse to take a shuttle from my car at Wachusett and I refuse to sit in a 20 minute lift line for a 1 minute ride down their terrain.

    We also decided to do the Peak Pass this season as well with plans to make Mt. Snow our "home" mountain. At 2 hours away, it is an easy day trip and I love the idea of having a regular season pass where it doesn't matter if I go for an hour or all day. We used it 5x this Spring (4x Mt. Snow & 1x Wildcat), so we'll definitely get our value out of it and I'm looking forward to getting back to Wildcat a few more times next season when there's more snow.


    I think we'll probably do Big Sky again next season because we had so much fun. Montana was absolutely beautiful. Hopefully we'll do Colorado again - maybe Steamboat this time. I'd also like to try Mt. Bachelor and wouldn't mind checking out Solitude/Brighton in Utah either.

    As for New England - we'll happily use our Killington passes again, Loon as well and then I'm hoping to get to use more days at Sunday River when it isn't their closing weekend and hopefully we'll be able to do a long weekend at Sugarloaf since I've always wanted to try it, but never made it up there. Probably won't bother going back to FckStratton next season.

    Being a Weekend Warrior, if I can get my daily average down below $40, I think I'm doing pretty good. Especially with mountains like Killington, Sunday River, Big Sky and Copper in the mix. Just the trips to Big Sky and Copper more than paid off our pass since they would have both been somewhere around $100/day.
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