Seems like all the mega resorts cut their passholders in on a deal to ride free at sister resorts throughout the country. This is a nice little gesture that adds value to the pass product and helps sway the consumer’s decision of which pass to purchase. It also makes the big guys stand out even more from the crowd. It’s about time a couple decidedly non-mega resorts got in on the game. Mt. Baker and Mt. Hood Meadows are just those spots. This year, they teamed up to offer each other’s unlimited passholders five free days at their areas. Free passes are non-transferable and limited to Monday through Friday from January 5 to February 28, but then are good for any day from March 1 until the 2014/2015 season ends. Just show up at the ticket window, flash your pass from the partner resort and ride all day on the house. Not a bad way for the little guys to even the odds. Full press release after the jump.
MT. HOOD, OR (September 4, 2014) – Mt. Hood Meadows (Oregon) and Mt. Baker Ski Area (Washington) are offering five free days to each other’s unlimited passholders this season. The two ski areas have many similarities – both are locally owned and independently operated – no conglomeration on these slopes. They receive massive amounts of snow but it’s the terrain under all that snow that delights skiers and snowboarders.
The Deal – Five Free Days
Mt. Hood Meadows and Mt. Baker Unlimited Passholders will each receive five free days at the other ski area. These free days are valid Monday – Friday from January 5 through February 28; and then any day beginning March 1 for the rest of the season. Check www.Skihood.com or www.MtBaker.us for their respective operating schedules. Passholders simply present their valid 2014/15 unlimited pass with photo identification at the other ski area ticket office to receive an all day lift ticket, which is for the passholder only (not transferable).
Mt. Hood Meadows President and CEO Matthew Drake says the partnership provides value for passholders. “We sought out a compatible ski resort and ownership / management team that shared our core values, consistently provided a high quality experience with dependable snow that would excite our unlimited passholders. Mt. Baker has the terrain worth driving to and accumulates more snow than any ski area in the country. Our passholders indicated it is one of their favored areas that they want to visit in addition to Mt. Hood Meadows. We’re eager to add these five free days as a benefit that is a real value for our loyal unlimited passholders.”
Mt. Baker Ski Area General Manager Duncan Howat says this is a unique partnership, and Mt. Hood Meadows was selected carefully. “We chose to do this program because we appreciate that both Mt. Baker and Mt. Hood Meadows are locally owned and operated ski areas. That fact combined with Mt. Hood Meadows’ long spring season and the area’s variety of recreation will make for a fun opportunity for Baker’s pass holders.”
The ski areas are about a five-hour drive from each other’s population base, close enough for passholders to take a few trips over the course of the season, or an extended stay to use all five of their free days. The ski areas are working on preferred lodging partners to offer extended stay packages to accommodate passholders. More information will be provided on the ski area web sites: Mt. Hood Meadows (www.skihood.com); Mt. Baker (www.mtbaker.us).