Out on the slopes
- Apr 2, 2018
Mend up. Lean snow years can be the worst on the limbs-KSL made significant capital expenditures at Blue and Camelback resorts, which it recently acquired, including the installation of new high-speed lifts. To cover these expenses, it's likely that prices, including season passes, were increased.
-It's possible that KSL understands that even with price increases, customers will still visit. I personally opt for Blue over other nearby resorts like Spring, Bear Creek, JFBB, or Camelback due to its appeal and proximity to the Philadelphia area. The other mountains either lack the same appeal or are farther away for me.
-Season passes are still priced at least somewhat reasonably. I paid $650 for an early season pass and used it 14 times before sustaining an MCL injury in the deep sugar on the slopes last Saturday. This amounts to approximately $46 per visit. I anticipate a quick recovery and plan to hit the slopes for at least 30 days at a cost of $22 per visit. I believe this shift towards season passes, rather than individual tickets, is a general trend in the ski industry. At any rate, Blue can be outrageously expensive for people who want to ski less or ski a wider variety of ski areas.
Will be interesting to see what KSL does this summer. On one hand skiing revenue is down due to the weather and of course the general economy is what it is, but they are pretty tight lipped with the plans. At Camelback the Marc Antony lift has all the chairs removed and I don't think it will ever operate again. Cleopatra is older then that and has not run in years. The top of the Julius Ceaser while unaccessable seems to be being maintained for the time being. My hope of course is that they put up a high speed between the Bubble and Stevenson and with a few little trail modifications make the Marc Anthony and Cleopatra trails more skiable in a top to bottom fashion.
Yes the passes are the way to go. Skiing takes much more planning then it used to. I now carry 3 season passes for the skiing I do. Won't do you any good at Camelback or Blue (same operators -they can't even get together) but between the 3 big multi mountain passes, you can cover a lot of places especially if you alternate passes annually. If your going west it's a no brainer.
Looks like a good window to make snow. More terrain should be opening up really soon at Camelback. Nile Mile, Rocket and Pocono Raceway. I plan on tomorrow morning, skip Friday and Saturday (Pillow over minus digit temps) then get Sunday and maybe Monday in.