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  1. #101
    If the money was used to expand lots and beef up the bus system this would have been great but its not so this is bullshit. The traffic going up those canyons is a real problem and this won't fix much.
    Those bus lots are going to fill even faster now. There isn't enough space for everyone to shuttle up...they know that.


  2. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by snoseek View Post
    If the money was used to expand lots and beef up the bus system this would have been great but its not so this is bullshit. The traffic going up those canyons is a real problem and this won't fix much.
    Those bus lots are going to fill even faster now. There isn't enough space for everyone to shuttle up...they know that.
    I really sympathize for these locals. Especially the families with children for whom $10 or $20 a pop each & every time you ski is a big expense. Honestly, a huge bonus of even being a local is you can show up and ski for 1.5 hours or 3 hours or whenever you have a chance or desire, and now that's going to cost them more. Intentionally dropping this on them after they're non-refundably paid is evil.
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  3. #103
    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    I really sympathize for these locals. Especially the families with children for whom $10 or $20 a pop each & every time you ski is a big expense. Honestly, a huge bonus of even being a local is you can show up and ski for 1.5 hours or 3 hours or whenever you have a chance or desire, and now that's going to cost them more. Intentionally dropping this on them after they're non-refundably paid is evil.
    A family skiing Solitude as locals, requires at a minimum, $2600 bucks a year plus gear. They can swing the 10 to 20 to park.

    Or take a bus, that already exists, for free. I personally hate the bus, but paid parking has been a fact of life for me for the past 12 years and it really isn't that big of a deal ultimately. It does do its job promoting car pooling and bus usage.

    Evil is not the right word for a business charging for an extremely in demand service / amenity. There are free alternatives already so take advantage of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    A family skiing Solitude as locals, requires at a minimum, $2600 bucks a year plus gear. They can swing the 10 to 20 to park.

    Or take a bus, that already exists, for free. I personally hate the bus, but paid parking has been a fact of life for me for the past 12 years and it really isn't that big of a deal ultimately. It does do its job promoting car pooling and bus usage.

    Evil is not the right word for a business charging for an extremely in demand service / amenity. There are free alternatives already so take advantage of them.
    If you ski 40 times per year (as many pass holder do), this is an extra 400-800$ to swing. This is not an insignificant increase.

  5. #105
    And........ there is already a free bus you could take instead. That 4-800 is a matter of pure luxury.

    Nevermind this hypothetical family of locals getting squeezed would only pay $5 to park given Solitude's pricing structure, so like 200 bucks. And what were pass prices themselves pre-Ikon? Higher. Acting like this is a massive increase over previous years is disingenuous.

    Now crowding on the other hand, that is the real travesty.
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  6. #106
    Skied there last March on their busiest day (according to all the locals- IKON!) when LCC was closed after a dump. Cars parked down the road. Very crowded until about 11:30 then lifts were 5-10 chair wait. Found freshies in Honeycomb all afternoon. Empty all afternoon.

  7. #107
    Wow, text book case of how to piss off your clientele!!!! They need to give season pass holders a “pass” (pun intended) for this year on parking. Only fair way to deal with this.
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  8. #108
    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    A family skiing Solitude as locals, requires at a minimum, $2600 bucks a year plus gear. They can swing the 10 to 20 to park.
    How do you know what they can afford?

    While the Utah economy is booming, incomes there are still somewhat meager versus C.O.L.

    I could be wrong, but I'd speculate that the sole reason many from the SLC area choose Solitude over Alta/Bird is in fact 100% driven by lower cost. If I lived there & could afford it, I sure as hell would have an Alta/Bird pass rather than a Solitude pass. Cost is literally the only reason I can think of to ski Solitude if I lived there.

    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post

    Evil is not the right word for a business charging for an extremely in demand service / amenity.
    Frankly, if Solitude wanted to charge $200 to park, it's up to them and I couldnt care less. The way they intentionally & deceptively went about doing this, however, was evil. They locked everyone into a non-refundable contract, then only when they had the money locked in the bank, they spuriously dropped this additional not-insignificant expense on them.

    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    Nevermind this hypothetical family of locals getting squeezed would only pay $5 to park given Solitude's pricing structure, so like 200 bucks.
    Nope. The $5 fee is only if you have 4 people, so it would need to be Mom & Dad & 2 kids in that example. Still, if you go 40 times a year that's still $200.

    And if a Mom or Dad wants to show up with their kid on a Sunday morning? That's $20. This is not an uncommon scenario.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fbrissette View Post
    If you ski 40 times per year (as many pass holder do), this is an extra 400-800$ to swing. This is not an insignificant increase.
    And for those locals who go this often, they are offering a $175 season parking pass. One $175 fee for everyone going in your vehicle all year. That is not horrible and likely brings the total season pass price for a family to still less than a stand alone Solitude pass used to be.

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  10. #110
    Maybe a good idea to pick up people who are walking in from the free road side parking. Save them a walk and you some money.

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