Let’s face it, you buy a pass so you can spend more time on hill. That is exactly what the pass gives you – quick and efficient on-hill access. As lovely as the ladies and gentlemen of Guest Services are, (Hi Barbe and Dpaz 😉) it’s not the place where you really want to spend the start of each of your ski days. Your Season Pass does require you to go there once to pick it up, chat with the ladies and work it for the camera – but then you are free!! Want to start your day in the North? Not a problem, park, suit up and go!
Early Access to the hill
While we can’t broadcast a promised extra early time, a perk of the direct-to-lift access is when the chairs get spinning around 8:30am. You’re free to load up and get those first few runs in before the 9am lift ticket purchases go through. It’s almost like you’re a member of a private club for 15 to 20 minutes each morning.
Who likes paying full price for something? Not this girl! When you purchase your Season Pass, there are certain perks that come with it. Getting a hot chocolate at any of the base lodges? Flash the pass! Need a new pair of ski socks? Flash that pass! Did you know that you get 15% off all Blue Mountain owned retail, and food and beverage outlets? (Except for beer – we know the way our guests après and that would bankrupt even Beyoncé).
Math Makes Cents
Let’s break down the pass by the numbers.
I am *cough* years old, which puts me in the Adult category. An Adult 5×7 pass costs $299.
Each year, I try to take a few Fridays off to enjoy the slopes. Let’s air on the side of caution and say I take two Fridays off. Two full price lift tickets cost around $89 each. I am already looking at $178. Add in say, four night visits over the winter. Night lift tickets are around $50, bringing that to a total of $200. You have now spent $378 AND had to pay full price for a new hoody (because it’s colder at night) and chicken fingers (see below), because you don’t have a pass to take advantage of a discount. That is the equivalent of waiting until the next price point of $399. Your bank account isn’t mad at you, it’s just disappointed that you missed the Early Bird Pricing schedule.
Exercise? I Thought You Said Extra Fries.
For many people, winter isn’t the most welcoming season. The days are shorter, you need to layer up to go outside and sometimes the air hurts your face it’s so cold. Wow, now that I’ve really sold you on winter, I will say, there IS one amazing thing about the arctic tundra months – anything you do outdoors qualifies as exercise!
Did you know that skiing and snowboarding burns 275 calories in 30 min? Alpine sports provide a pretty easy and FUN way to stay in shape. You can also strengthen your core (hello 6 pack) and heavily target your lower body, as the natural skiing position is a squat (J Lo eat your heart out). And, you can gain improved flexibility, especially snowboarders who constantly stretch each run when doing up their bindings, not to mention engage in constant directional changing.
Now I can hear you saying “But its -40 out, I REFUSE to go outside!” First of all, I agree 100%. If it resembles North of the Wall from Game of Thrones – I am hibernating inside, even if John Snow and Ghost are out there waiting for me. BUT, the beauty of being a Passholder is that you don’t have to go on those freezing cold days. You can pick and choose the days that work for you. Only like blue bird days? You’re my type of person! Want to go on a heavy snowfall day to get those quads burning? More power to you! Having a Season Pass puts you in control of when you get outside this winter. In the words of Hal Johnson and Joanne McCloud, stay fit and have fun!
Neato Burrito Souvenir
Meet Keith – now this is what some would call Neato Burrito. Yes it is a bike pass, but you can do the same with your ski pass 😊
You have to admit, we’ve made some compelling points to justify buying a pass. Now that you’ve got the info, make this YOUR year to purchase, get on the slopes and have an amazing winter! Now go buy your pass, what are you waiting for?