Season passes in 2021: renewal discounts, payment plans, free spring skiing, and pass protections all take hold
Stuart, thanks for writing this up - super helpful, and I'm now a subscriber. Hoping for advice from you or your readers. I skied a ton as a kid, all over the northeast, my mom and aunt would take us - Mt. Snow, Windham, Brodie, Stowe, Killington, Sugarloaf, Hunter, "Vernon Valley Great Gorge" and Hidden Valley down the road, Okemo, etc. I have great memories of skiing as a kid, but almost zero recollection of particular mountains. Last year I got my two boys (8 and 11) into it after 20 years off the slopes - they learned at Mount Peter and Mountain Creek, and graduated to Windham quickly. I want to spend this season exploring different mountains with them, just the Northeast, and mostly 1-2 day weekend trips. Kind of overwhelmed by choices, here. Ikon pass looks good because I have a buddy with a house at Windham, and Stratton is pretty close to us (we are from Long Island), etc. Epic also looks good and has a few mountains I recognize from going as a kid. The Indy Pass has a ton of options for 2-day passes, including some closer to home, but most I've not heard of . . . And the NYSki3 pass seems like three solid mountains that we'd certainly not tire of, but it's just the three.
What do you think? I kind of like the idea of the Indy Pass - variety, places I've not seen, and it's "indy" - but I'd be lucky to explore 6-8 of them over a winter, and if it's a lot of mediocrity, I'd probably just grab the Ikon, Epic, or NY3. Got any guidance?
Great to see mount southington featured! I grew up in that town and learned to ski on that hill nights after school during the week. Night skiing on that sheet of ice taught me to handle myself on ice right out of the gate. I recently moved to NJ and you inspired me to grab a Mountain Creek seasons pass. Looking forward to early weekend turns and weeknight laps after work. I love your content, please keep it up. If we ever cross paths, first beer is on me! Thanks!!