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Were there active participants numbers released?To be fair, there have been arguments made over the years that "high day ticket prices will drive people out of the sport". So far at least, the active participant numbers (and skier visit numbers) don't validate that fear.
I agree the experience difference is the bigger complaint in the "Vail Sucks" thread at least though.
Well, in theory many people who visit on a pass would spend money for overpriced burgers, beers etc etc plus other retail and rentals.Then, there‘s the complaint about the skiing experience due to big crowds. The suggestion is those crowds are pass holders, which translate to no additional income to the resort. But that theory is clearly off the mark, as more and more resorts joining the mega-pass and few leaves.