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Vail buys Okemo, Sunapee, Crested Butte & Stevens Pass

jfoxgrande

Certified Ski Diva
#21
Wow! I retired last summer and spent this past season deciding on a new home base for skiing. It was difficult choosing since spending the most mountain time in Park City, feel like a resident there, but decided that with 8 grandchildren living in NJ, Vermont would be the best place to raise up the next generation of snow sports enthusiasts! After a long process purchased a home on Okemo mountain, cancelled the auto renew on Epic Pass and purchased Okemo Ultimate passes at the early April pricing. Speaking with Vail yesterday, was informed that once the sale is completed, we would have the opportunity to trade passes for the current Epic Pass Prices at the going rate at that time. So, there is a possibility of additional savings. Vail is good for real estate, but remaining hopefully optimistic that they will continue the spectacular trail maintenance and family vibe that was instrumental in choosing Okemo!
 

SallyCat

Moderator
Staff member
#22
I have a weekday-only pass at Okemo for next year and I really hope that that continues to be available. I'm local to Okemo can't afford to travel to ski, so if the Epic Pass were the only available option, that would be a huge financial blow.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
#23
I have a weekday-only pass at Okemo for next year and I really hope that that continues to be available. I'm local to Okemo can't afford to travel to ski, so if the Epic Pass were the only available option, that would be a huge financial blow.
How much was the Okemo weekday-only pass? Somewhere I read that Vail would honor all existing pass options for 2018-19.

The three midwest ski areas owned by Vail have different local pass options. So it's not one size fits all across Vail resorts.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
#24
When Ethan Mueller moved back to New Hampshire in 2016, he noted that his job as Pres. of Crested Butte and Sr. VP of Triple Peaks hadn't changed. Each resort has a GM responsible for day-to-day operations. Ethan went to work at CB in 2004 and was GM in 2011-14 before moving up to Pres. In the article I found, Ethan was asked about his parents thoughts on retirement. He is about 40 now and moved back east with his wife and three kids.

Mountain Times - July 2016
"All in the Family," Part II; Triple Peaks Ethan Mueller Moves East
 

SallyCat

Moderator
Staff member
#25
How much was the Okemo weekday-only pass? Somewhere I read that Vail would honor all existing pass options for 2018-19.

The three midwest ski areas owned by Vail have different local pass options. So it's not one size fits all across Vail resorts.
It was $279 and also includes Sunapee; I combined it with a $399 black-out pass at Magic for weekends and will get Killington's Nor'Beaster Pass in the spring for around $200. So I sort of created my own multi-resort pass for just under 1K that's tailored to my schedule, location, and preferences.

I can hear some of you saying "But Sally, what about your work schedule? When will you earn money?"

Listen, when I have a midlife crisis and quit my job to live in the mountains with little more than an elderly tabby cat and a bottle opener, I go all in. I'm arranging a semi-sabbatical year during which I minimize work hours and maximize biking/skiing time. A financial advisor would be apoplectic at the fiscal stupidity of it all, but lucky for me I can't afford a financial advisor.

I have adopted this bear as my spirit animal for the next eleven months:

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Abbi

Angel Diva
#32
It was $279 and also includes Sunapee; I combined it with a $399 black-out pass at Magic for weekends and will get Killington's Nor'Beaster Pass in the spring for around $200. So I sort of created my own multi-resort pass for just under 1K that's tailored to my schedule, location, and preferences.

I can hear some of you saying "But Sally, what about your work schedule? When will you earn money?"

Listen, when I have a midlife crisis and quit my job to live in the mountains with little more than an elderly tabby cat and a bottle opener, I go all in. I'm arranging a semi-sabbatical year during which I minimize work hours and maximize biking/skiing time. A financial advisor would be apoplectic at the fiscal stupidity of it all, but lucky for me I can't afford a financial advisor.

I have adopted this bear as my spirit animal for the next eleven months:

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Didn't you buy the Skiesta deal? I know, with tax and insurance (which I buy in case I fall apart!) my Okemo mid-week pass was $424 - $22 of that is tax. So I think before bells/whistles and tax the April cost was more or less $379 (?).
 
#35
This is our new house! Not moved in yet, but I’m moving things gradually. Today is the third time I’ve spotted this fawn!
 

SallyCat

Moderator
Staff member
#36
Didn't you buy the Skiesta deal? I know, with tax and insurance (which I buy in case I fall apart!) my Okemo mid-week pass was $424 - $22 of that is tax. So I think before bells/whistles and tax the April cost was more or less $379 (?).
Yes, the Skiesta deal knocked a hundred bucks off the price, so though it was originally $379, I got it for $279.
 

Abbi

Angel Diva
#40
Here are answers to Frequently Asked Questions for anyone who has an Okemo, Sunapee, Crested Butte, or Stevens Pass seasons pass:

https://www.epicpass.com/info/new-epic-resorts-faqs.aspx
That actually took some concentration reading all that! I’m sure they are going to be so swamped with questions and changes as time goes by. Somehow for the short term I’m relieved to still have my little Okemo pass and my IKON pass for this season. Maybe there will be time for things to shake out before I have to go through all this for 2019/2020!
 

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