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    Sorry for a dose of reality. 60 areas x 2 days each = 120 days. For reference there are 136 days between Thanksgiving 2020 and April 11th 2021.

    Now you know why he made the offer. He said he did something like 20 areas in 26 days and he was beyond spent.
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  2. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by slatham View Post
    Sorry for a dose of reality. 60 areas x 2 days each = 120 days. For reference there are 136 days between Thanksgiving 2020 and April 11th 2021.

    Now you know why he made the offer. He said he did something like 20 areas in 26 days and he was beyond spent.
    Quit being so negative! Besides, some of these are clustered, so you could do as many as 3 in a day.

    But, realistically, it would be foolhardy. Assuming you skied 30 years on your lifetime pass, that only saves 30 * 200 = $6,000. By the time you're done flying to Alaska and staying in innumerable hotels in crumby places, you would probably blow through $6K.


  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by p_levert View Post
    Quit being so negative! Besides, some of these are clustered, so you could do as many as 3 in a day.

    But, realistically, it would be foolhardy. Assuming you skied 30 years on your lifetime pass, that only saves 30 * 200 = $6,000. By the time you're done flying to Alaska and staying in innumerable hotels in crumby places, you would probably blow through $6K.
    While Fish plans on having 60 resorts this year, there are currently only 52. I don't pay for hotels or most flights, mostly because I spend lots of nights in crummy places for work. I think the challenge would be fun!

    ETA: Terry Peak is the only one I see that would be way out of the way from visiting any of the others. Most of the rest are within a few hours drive of at least one other Indy Pass resort. Lots of 2-3 resort clusters allowing multi resort days, especially if you utilize night skiing options where offered.
    Last edited by 2planks2coasts; Jun 2, 2020 at 6:48 PM.

  4. #34
    2planks, I appreciate your attitude.

    Actually, Terry Peak is not such a challenge. It's a 9 hour drive from Minneapolis and it's a 1k vert area, so not a total waste of your time. So you could do Terry Peak as a 2-day outing starting from Minnesota. In any case, you're stuck going to Minnesota because there's 4 Indy areas in the state, as well as bunch close by in Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan.

    FWIW, it's a 6 hour drive from Terry Peak to Red Lodge, which is another somewhat isolated area. Lost Trail Powder Mountain is in Montana, but right next to Idaho, so it can be bagged along with the ID areas.

  5. #35
    A bunch of those "resorts" are pretty crappy. Even if retired, why would someone spend numerous thousands of dollars over a period of several months traveling all over America to try to ski each one twice? It's basically the entire ski season at 120 days. A logistical nightmare as well. I think the threat of giving away a "lifetime ski pass" is safe for now. Only way I could see it is if someone does it for publicity, but to think 10 or 20 people a year are going to knock this "goal" off is simply not thinking it through from either a process standpoint or a financial standpoint.
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  6. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by p_levert View Post
    Quit being so negative! Besides, some of these are clustered, so you could do as many as 3 in a day.
    I thought about that...but I'm not sure if it is allowed. The FAQ for Indy Pass specifically says you can only redeem one ticket per day (but it isn't clear whether that is one per resort per day or one overall per day). I don't know what kind of tracking there is on the backend that the resorts use to validate whether you can get a ticket that day or not.

    If the FAQ means only 1 per resort per day but isn't meant to stop usage at multiple areas in a single day, then 3 per day is definitely doable in some cases (especially since some areas have night skiing as well that helps give you more potential ski hours in a single day).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    A bunch of those "resorts" are pretty crappy. Even if retired, why would someone spend numerous thousands of dollars over a period of several months traveling all over America to try to ski each one twice? It's basically the entire ski season at 120 days. A logistical nightmare as well. I think the threat of giving away a "lifetime ski pass" is safe for now. Only way I could see it is if someone does it for publicity, but to think 10 or 20 people a year are going to knock this "goal" off is simply not thinking it through from either a process standpoint or a financial standpoint.
    Yep, I don't think they will be giving a whole lot of lifetime passes away. I'm guessing most people are using it the way I did last year. Its a nice fill-in for when you don't have plans at a large resort and also the days when you are travelling and can fit half a day in at an Indy Resort. This may change as they add larger resorts like Cannon but my opinion is that this will be a second pass for people who have either an Ikon, Epic or a specific mountain pass for the foreseeable future.
    As an aside, I heard from Saddleback on their feelings about going to the Indy Pass and they said they looked at it and it just didn't work for them at the moment. I expect Bosquet will sign up this year due to the BE/Catamount connection. Still have fingers crossed for Plattekill.

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    I could see Tenney being added in NH, Black or Camden snow bowl in ME. If Burke wasn’t in receivership that would a good one in VT.


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  9. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by Killingtime View Post
    Yep, I don't think they will be giving a whole lot of lifetime passes away. I'm guessing most people are using it the way I did last year. Its a nice fill-in for when you don't have plans at a large resort and also the days when you are travelling and can fit half a day in at an Indy Resort. This may change as they add larger resorts like Cannon but my opinion is that this will be a second pass for people who have either an Ikon, Epic or a specific mountain pass for the foreseeable future.
    As an aside, I heard from Saddleback on their feelings about going to the Indy Pass and they said they looked at it and it just didn't work for them at the moment. I expect Bosquet will sign up this year due to the BE/Catamount connection. Still have fingers crossed for Plattekill.

    Many of the Eastern and Midwestern resorts are fairly small. The western resorts are a different story. WP, MR, 49N, Silver, are all legit big mountains, even if they aren't posh resorts. These are not ski for half a day kind of places.

    Not seeing many big eastern resorts left to join up. The court appointed administrator for Jay/Burke could certainly decide to join up. The ORDA resorts would be a coup bigger than Cannon. Maybe Titus if they don't get ORDA. Waterville Valley would make a nice addition as well. A few Eastern Canada possibilities too.

    I don't intend to win the lifetime pass. I bet I can beat 16 uses though!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2planks2coasts View Post
    Many of the Eastern and Midwestern resorts are fairly small. The western resorts are a different story. WP, MR, 49N, Silver, are all legit big mountains, even if they aren't posh resorts. These are not ski for half a day kind of places.

    Not seeing many big eastern resorts left to join up. The court appointed administrator for Jay/Burke could certainly decide to join up. The ORDA resorts would be a coup bigger than Cannon. Maybe Titus if they don't get ORDA. Waterville Valley would make a nice addition as well. A few Eastern Canada possibilities too.

    I don't intend to win the lifetime pass. I bet I can beat 16 uses though!!
    Thanks for the info. I'm hopefully planning my western trips soon and will keep those in mind too. I screwed up a few years ago and took the wife to Breckenridge and now she wants the resorty, over-priced ski town, $20 hamburger experience. Oh well.
    Yes, ORDA would be a major, major score. I would be willing to pay extra to have them. They used to be on the old Max Pass years ago. I remember using it for Gore/Belleayre a couple of times. Waterville would definitely be another great NH selection.
    I won't make the lifetime pass either. I think I hit 10 days last year. Should have been 11 but Mt Abram closed early due to the Covid19.

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