When I started going to Sierra at Tahoe it was already part of the Powder Alliance. Even though the resort is close to South Lake Tahoe it just doesn’t get the same crowds as the other major resorts in Tahoe area. Sugarbowl (also Tahoe) just joined the Powder Alliance so I am curious to see if there will be more people skiing both.Certainly affordable. Full season pass for $469 with Powder Alliance and other perks. Have you noticed more travelers from other Powder Alliance locations in the last few years?
I see that RFID gates will be new for 2019-20.
Adding RFID doesn't necessary impact the season pass price. It does allow a ski area to have a better idea of when their passholders are around.$469 is the late season prices, usually if you sign up in the spring the prices are about $349 and they will let you ski rest of the current season free. Since they are switching to RFID this year it will be interesting to see if the starting pass price goes up next spring.
Yeah they always scan everyone entering the lines even those part of ski lessons. They usually had 3-5 scanners at quad lifts and 2-3 at two seater lifts. So I imagine this might cut back on the number of employees they hire for lift lines.Adding RFID doesn't necessary impact the season pass price. It does allow a ski area to have a better idea of when their passholders are around.
Has Sierra been doing consistent scanning of lift tickets/passes?
Wow, the only lift I've been at with more than a couple of scanners is Taos Lift 1 for an hour or so on a busy morning. But then I mostly ski mid-week when lines are short.Yeah they always scan everyone entering the lines even those part of ski lessons. They usually had 3-5 scanners at quad lifts and 2-3 at two seater lifts. So I imagine this might cut back on the number of employees they hire for lift lines.
Already added West Mountain to the list I keep on my computer. Was discussing it on the NY regional forum. The current owners are putting money into West, but it's clearly going to stay "old school" and a good feeder hill for local families.Add West Mountain in NY!
I also think Bromley in VT is fairly old school. I have skied these places as well as Catamount and Pico. Enjoyed them all. Pico is my favorite!
Are most folks at Schweitzer locals or travelers? For me, just because a mountain has high speed lifts doesn't automatically mean it's not Old School in terms of vibe. But I'll add the "?" when I post the updated list.Schweitzer should not be on that list... detachable quads, high speed six packs.... it's most assuredly a resort and not old school. They got rid of the last double chair last year. Especially compared to the other regional old schools you have on the list such as Lookout and Mt Spokane.
That's helpful to know.I've been skiing Schweitzer several times a year for 29 years. It's in a different league for vibe than all the other areas in the region that you put on the list. In fact, many locals buy season passes just because it doesn't have a small-mountain/local/old school vibe. Would you take the word over someone who skis all the regional mountains over some magazine articles?
West Mountain had a media day recently. They were proudly talking about all the improvements and expansion over the last seven years. Total price tag was $17 million. New for this season is a lift that dated from 1972. The ride went from 12 minutes to about eight. Snowmaking is now based on adding fixed guns all over the mountain. The ski school is serving 1600 students these days, up from around 700 when the current owners took over.Add West Mountain in NY!