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EPIC passes and conversions/upgrades

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by Ziggy, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I must be blind. Where is the info on the $16 upgrade cost?
     
  2. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us

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    As I understand it, they will contact all Hero Pass holders directly, because the changeover cost depends on how much you paid for your Hero Pass, what the cost of the Epic Pass was at the time, etc. Not just a simple switch, one price for all.
     
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  3. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us

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    When did you purchase yours?
     
  4. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I received an email from Falls today
     
  5. Chaeron

    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Also got an email today - upgrade cost $20.
     
  6. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    my cost is -ve, just

    still waiting till hotham is finalised
     
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  7. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    My email said $20.. but won't be upgrading
     
  8. MarkV

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    Any word on when Hotham will be sorted?
     
  9. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us

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    I decided not to purchase this year, since I'm only doing 1 week at Perisher - but I have been watching with a keen eye to see how it all develops, so I have scoured the website around the acquisition.
     
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  10. Chaeron

    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sticking with the Hero Pass for 2019.
     
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  11. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Interesting how there is a range of changeover costs, from negative cost for some, $16 for me and $20 for others

    Why the difference?
     
  12. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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  14. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us

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    I did the same
     
  15. Moondog55

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    Same
     
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  16. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us

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    The info is direct from the FAQ on the Epic Pass site: https://www.epicaustraliapass.com.au/passes/falls-creek-and-hotham-faq

     
  17. Gregah

    Gregah One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    End of May (according to them...)
     
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  18. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks nezumi, but the FAQ doesn't help with my question. I'm just curious as to why the price can vary. We aren't talking about exchange rate variations, the price of these items should be basically the same for everyone(?). Yes, the price is significantly different if you purchase a pass now compared to October last year. But we have at least 3 different changeover prices here and I was wondering what were the reasons
     
  19. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us

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    I know that the Epic Pass price has varied significantly from the inital release (~$799) to now ($909), while the initial Hero Pass price was also $799 and then moved to $1,199. There's probably a degree of arbitrage at play here, as well as some form of agreement between Vail and Merlin around the transfer of benefits/funds/etc.
     
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  20. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is not as good value as what it seems....
    You can get 5 days at Hakuba (different mountain each day), for the price of two one day tickets in Australia. ;)
    i.e. Pay for flights & accom for the Aussie value of two one day lift tickets
     
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  21. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    We don't have a price difference.
     
  22. TinkyH23

    TinkyH23 Hard Yards

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    I asked this question of the EPIC rep at the Snowtravel expo in Melbourne on Sunday.
    Letting people know 'very soon' was the reply.

    PS, Our Hero to Epic changeover price amounts to a $4 refund for each of us. o_O
     
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  23. FatBoyDave

    FatBoyDave One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    $20 is a no brainer. That’s about the price of a pie and a can of coke on the hill.
    Waiting to see what the actual conversion fee is for my Hotham Hero pass, but if that’s all it is will definitely consider upgrading.
     
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  24. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hotham is now on the Epic pass.
     
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  25. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    So, who is upgrading?
     
  26. stansi

    stansi One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Get $4.00 back.
     
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  27. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    probably. will have to look more carefully at comparison of other benefits
     
  28. Chaeron

    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Weighing up being able to ski at Perisher vs. a free day for the 12 yr old at Falls....
     
  29. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Same. Still undecided. Looking at benefits we may miss out on with Hero Pass vs whether we may get to ride at the other resorts
     
  30. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    No brainer for me (nothing to convert) already got flights and accom booked for a hotham girls weekend!
     
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  31. Rick Ross Da Boss

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    Do you forfeit your free mates ticket if you upgrade?
     
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  32. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think so.
     
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  33. Chaeron

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    Looks like it.
     
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  34. Rick Ross Da Boss

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    That sux, decision made. Don’t want to forfeit two day tickets!!
     
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  35. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Yes which means I'm not upgrading

    1 free day lift for the MRS
    I free day lift and lesson for the MRS

    No USA skiing for next Winter so no benefit to us
     
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  36. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Same here
     
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  37. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    6 of one, half a dozen of the other for us. Don't usually use the free tickets but not that likely to ski Perisher or os this year.
     
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  38. Young Angus

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    I'm torn too, I'll definitely use the free tickets at Hotham or Falls this year and might...MIGHT...go to the other resorts but maybe not. Even if I do make it overseas, how much are lift tickets in Japan and Whistler compared to here anyway? Would it even be worth it or are they a fair bit cheaper anyway compared to our lift tickets here in Aus?
     
  39. Rick Ross Da Boss

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    I’ll pay $70 for your extra lift tix ;)
     
  40. nezumi

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    Hmmm, I think I need to make friends with a few Hero Pass holders (my shout at the bar?) to get a day at the snow in before I head to Perisher! :D

    Oi! :p:D
     
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  41. Young Angus

    Young Angus Early Days

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    What's Perisher like? I've never been there...is it a really great resort worth the extra travel from Melbourne?
     
  42. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    where to you normally ski and what do you like most about it, least about it
     
  43. Young Angus

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    Hmm well I've only skied at Hotham and Buller and I really loved both. Can't say I disliked much about either, I've only really been skiing for a couple of seasons so I don't know if I'm qualified to comment. I still have a lot to do to properly wear out Hotham and I've never even been to Falls so I have plenty of terrain to cover, I just figured Perisher always looks great in photos it must be a fantastic place too...and I love it over that side of the world near Jindabyne and Moonbah but it is a long way from Melbourne.

    I think I've probably got more than enough to keep me busy this season between Falls and Hotham, although the snow cams at Perisher are looking much MUCH better than the VIC resorts right now :(
     
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  44. Rick Ross Da Boss

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    Be patient grasshopper :emoji_expressionless:
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm not a perisher skier so my comments are fairly shallow, but here are my thoughts anyway.
    Perisher is higher altitude so they get more reliable early and late snow. The lifted area is also on a different scale to the Vic resorts.
    I complain about Hotham day parking but I think Perisher is a whole new level of inconvenient. You can make it easier by using the tube but that's more expensive and a pain in it's own way. The road to Perisher may be easier than Hotham, but the traffic is far worse. I think the vibe is more crowded and impersonal - more Buller than Hotham.
    I think skiing everywhere you can, at least occasionally, is great. My attempts to ski Perisher have not come off well but I'm keen to try again. I very much doubt that it would become my favourite but it will be great to do anyway. When I go again I will probably stay on snow at a club lodge.
     
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    I swear its a lot to do with what you are used too.

    Hotham is painful for parking, Perisher if you are early you can get rock star parking. You can get rock star parking later too, you just have to know where to go/look.

    Personally I don't think viewing it as "is it worth driving all that way" I have a Epic pass and a Mountain Collective pass this season, time (ie free weekends) is more of a consideration than, is it worth it. I also want to ski at every resort in Aus.

    I love the skiing community and i have friends at every resort. Can't go wrong with skiing any of them then!
     
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  47. Young Angus

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    Well you fellas sound like some good eggs, and I'm keen to make friends at the resorts in particular Hotham because I'll probably be heading up there on my own a fair bit this season because while I want to ski my guts out and get the most out of my Hero Pass, I'm not sure others may share all that enthusiasm or will want to pay day pass rates...they are even more expensive than last year!
     
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    If you are a good skier and had Hotham and Buller good , IMHO you will find Perisher disappointing and its a v long drive from Melbourne..
     
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    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm there the 11th and 12th of July. I actually need a lift from albury!
     
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    My friend Mark and I also have season passes and will be heading up most weekends once the snow is better, happy to meet up with people and do laps :) we both Board but Mark also has skis
     
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