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Anyone know what was happening with the summit chair today? Lifties were loading every other chair and said it was because they didn’t have enough power. Then it shut down soon after. Is this curtailments or something with the chair itself?
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This just isn't at SB its at every ikon and epic run property. But I'll throw this at the discussion. The consumer that is waiting last minute to buy a lift ticket is probably waiting on conditions that day. On a day like this, sure he should pay top dollar for waiting and the conditions probably will warrant it. My thing is then it should be the other way around too. If it is -10 below or the ski area has half the mtn open or it just finished up a thaw freeze cycle, then I think they should reduce the ticket window price to warrant conditions. Case in point. My son was racing at Mt. Sunapee on Friday. I was thinking about making a few runs before hand. I called up the ticket office to see if there were discount for racing parents or half day rate. NO and NO. Even though I was only skiing a half day(afternoon) we just go off a thaw freeze cycle and it was only 2 degrees that day, Sunapee still wanted to whack me for $104 dollars.
I don't know about the Summit chair, but wondering if the GMX is going to get fixed and not be running on diesel.
It's whatever the market will bear. If you don't like the Vail/Altera walk up rates and can't do the mega pass, go ski the indie mountains.
In almost every instance in life, you'd be correct, but not in this rather unusual instance, as ski industry "walk up rates" are now completely detached from financial reasonableness, and intentionally so to drive pass sales.
Thus the market actually isn't "bearing" it, but that's the point.
To encourage: season passes; quad packs, and pre bought online day tickets. So there’s three.
I would submit the market is bearing it - 7000 tickets were sold at Hunter on Sat.
I am surprised that there isn't more talk about how overwhelmed SB was today. Mad house, really. Parking was all backed up
I think you're right. It does appear to be intended to compel a subscription model by making the traditional day ticket unappealing. The next question would be: who benefits from this?
Hunter doesnt count, it's lift ticket price is $90, which is not akin to the insane $140, $150, $200 ticket prices we're talking about. Not to mention, it's a bit of an outlier given it's market is the richest in America.
And not that it matters, but where does that 7k figure for walk-ups come from, as it's tough to believe?
Sounds like a truly IKONic day!
Not just passes/subscription but online. Wednesday tickets are selling for $74. Next Saturday $96. A little risk, a little forethought, very reasonable pricing.
Last year on IKON my ski days were $11.99 when all said and done. :beer:
I am surprised that there isn't more talk about how overwhelmed SB was today. Mad house, really. Parking was all backed up (though I heard it was much worse at Stowe). Super Bravo and Valley House lines merged in an indistinct mass of people. Gate House line wrapped up the hill and sideways. (Appreciated Win out there organizing the flow to keep things moving -- nice work.) I asked someone who works with Vermont Adaptive and skis Mt. Ellen a lot what the Ellen base lodge was like and she responded with three words: it was impossible. Guess there were a lot of folks with pent up desire to get out, plus a holiday weekend, and it showed!
I have a friend who got stuck on the mountain road for 2 hours going to stowe before turning around and coming to sugarbush yesterday.