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    At some point you have to wonder if Vermont just...

    At some point you have to wonder if Vermont just completely shuts down to non-essential out of state travelers.
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    I am not sure what your point is. Burke and Jay...

    I am not sure what your point is. Burke and Jay passes are nearly identically priced.
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    When I think of "overpriced", I am thinking in...

    When I think of "overpriced", I am thinking in terms of "value."

    For example, Burke is overpriced at $999. Their snowmaking is absolutely horrible and the pass only lets you ski one mountain. ...
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    That wasn’t the rule when we visited and it isn’t...

    That wasn’t the rule when we visited and it isn’t the rule now. Travelers from COVID-19 lower-risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form and do not need to quarantine....
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    They could withhold federal relief funds.

    They could withhold federal relief funds.
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    For some added context, we had a genuine scare...

    For some added context, we had a genuine scare this week. On Saturday we attended a small dinner gathering (6 people). It was our first indoor social gathering since March. A couple of days later...
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    I think that they milk their captive audience as...

    I think that they milk their captive audience as much as they can and don't even seriously try to sell passes outside of that circle.
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    I was a bit over the top - so you have my...

    I was a bit over the top - so you have my apologies for that.
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    Therein lies the problem. It just seems odd to...

    Therein lies the problem. It just seems odd to me that someone can be taxed and have absolutely no say in the matter.
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    In other news... Killington and Pico season...

    In other news...

    Killington and Pico season pass sales are up a combined 15% over last year....
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    We rented a timeshare unit this summer at...

    We rented a timeshare unit this summer at Jiminey. We got a STEAL on a two bedroom unit at the Club Wyndham Bentley Brook. The village was definitely nice, but it wasn't THAT nice.

    I think...
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    Which means that you can't just explain it away...

    Which means that you can't just explain it away by saying that Vermont is rural.
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    We have a winner!

    We have a winner!
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    Jiminey Peak is $1,189.

    Jiminey Peak is $1,189.
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    In some towns non-residents pay lower taxes. ...

    In some towns non-residents pay lower taxes. Locals are punished if they increase taxes at too high a rate. If I lived in one of those towns I would be very tempted to NOT file the homestead...
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    I also completely understand your point. I...

    I also completely understand your point.

    I guess it boils down to the fact that the people willing to break the rules about coming to Vermont are also, on average, the type of people who are...
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    No, but your argument is one of false equivalency.

    No, but your argument is one of false equivalency.
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    Bolton Valley is $799.

    Bolton Valley is $799.
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    I just wish Dr. Jeff was more honest about it. I...

    I just wish Dr. Jeff was more honest about it. I don't understand how someone who works in a high risk job thinks that they are on a moral high ground, but he could have just said, "Look. Skiing is...
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    I kind of respect a small ski area without a real...

    I kind of respect a small ski area without a real bed base closing on Christmas. I understand that Killington or Stowe can't do it, but it's a nice gesture to allow the employees to have the holiday...
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    This Vermonter traveled for one night to Saratoga...

    This Vermonter traveled for one night to Saratoga County and quarantined.
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    Burke is $999 right now, which is just insane. ...

    Burke is $999 right now, which is just insane.

    The Burke/Jay combo is $1,289.
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    This makes no sense to me. The town of Beech...

    This makes no sense to me. The town of Beech Mountain claims that it sits at an elevation of 5,506 feet.
    See here: https://www.romanticasheville.com/beech-mountain

    But the trail map says that...
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    Vermont allows visitors to quarantine in their...

    Vermont allows visitors to quarantine in their own home prior to traveling to Vermont.

    There isn't a state in this country that has figured out a way to uniquely individualize Covid rules. Some...
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    It's only 40 minutes or thereabouts.

    It's only 40 minutes or thereabouts.
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