The 7.30am heavenly chair to become exclusive to Epic Pass holders next season?

The Plowking

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Be pretty P!ssed about that personally.
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The Plowking

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Not sure paying a full day/multi day pass for a tracked out Heavenly Valley (and a good part of the other accessible areas) is going to go down to well with a lot of people.
 
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Sux to be them :p
*Me
Circumstances don't allow more than a few days for me per season for the foreseeable future. I generally only go during those perfect condition scenarios (fresh snow- dont care about weather) and I'm more than happy to pay for it.....
However losing that 1st hour makes the whole thing redundant for myself.
I'll just do BC or hope Buller has an off piste base (low chance)
Let's say you're a punter on your twice a season weekend trip and you fork out all that hard earned....for a tracked out mess. Don't think they'll be happy...
 

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Should be the other way round, people who pay full freight get the bonus.
 

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It’s being going on at Perisher for years. Available for all, free for pass holders. I have no idea of the paid price as I’ve always had a pass. Same deal for night skiing.
 

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I find that there’s always a good few hundred people ready to go at 7:30 on a powder day so all you get is 2 runs max before it’s cooked.
 
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I find that there’s always a good few hundred people ready to go at 7:30 on a powder day so all you get is 2 runs max before it’s cooked.
But those are the 2 that I'll pay for...
And it's usually 3 ... plus one for the standard walk around pre opening = 4
And then the other 3 or 4 a little farther afield but accessible.
That's THE hour.
 
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The Plowking

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It’s being going on at Perisher for years. Available for all, free for pass holders. I have no idea of the paid price as I’ve always had a pass. Same deal for night skiing.
Always been part of a standard day ticket.
Hope it doesn't change or become an added extra.
 

The Plowking

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If it's exclusive to Epic Pass holders it would be great!
Yep.
For epic pass holders.
But maybe opposite.
Putting a bunch of other people off side too.

Nice troll though.

In any case, with an increase in pass holders id wager you won't see a drop in numbers if that's what you're after.
An increase if anything. That 7.30 thing flys under the radar a bit still for non regulars.
Just a drop off in people like myself.
And we're hardly going to make a difference to the bottom line.
 

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At falls this year, early opening was only for season pass holders.

BTW IIRC it was 8am and only halleys and towers, while normal opening of summit was 8:30 anyway.
 
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Yep

Pretty simple and more reason to get a season/epic pass

Any added bonus is a little reward

Want the benefits
Get a season pass

Pretty simple
 

The Plowking

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Yep

Pretty simple and more reason to get a season/epic pass

Any added bonus is a little reward

Want the benefits
Get a season pass

Pretty simple

'pretty simple' eh?

Not for everyone.


I would most certainly if it was feasible.

Close family health circumstances dictate this decision.
Those couple of powder mornings a year keep me sane :(
 
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Always been part of a standard day ticket.
Hope it doesn't change or become an added extra.

If it is the same setup as Perisher it will be open to all but at a cost. Current price for first tracks
Adult: $36, Child: $22
 

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Only through school hols wasn’t it?
July school hols (vic only IIRC) plus weekends in July & Aug

I've seen it as more about a response to the prospect of very crowded runs. Get the keenest people out early and they might be happier to take a break once lessons and others hit the most popular slopes
 
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July school hols (vic only IIRC) plus weekends in July & Aug

I've seen it as more about a response to the prospect of very crowded runs. Get the keenest people out early and they might be happier to take a break once lessons and others hit the most popular slopes
Race club and early lessons were going up from 8:00 at Falls, and the Epic concession for the holidays was off the back of that.

OK for general access up the mountain onto groomers, but maybe not a good idea for choice runs...
 
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Hotham has had the 7.30 Heavenly start for over 20 years.
Be a shame to make it 'exclusive' going forward.
And certainly of no benefit to your once or twice a year skier who do make up a majority of $ spenders on the whole.
Heavenly is fairly unique in breadth of terrain it gives access to.
Half the mountain.

Sucks to be me I guess.
 

The Plowking

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July school hols (vic only IIRC) plus weekends in July & Aug

I've seen it as more about a response to the prospect of very crowded runs. Get the keenest people out early and they might be happier to take a break once lessons and others hit the most popular slopes
Agree.
Big fan of that kind of thing.
I'd happily pay $100 for a 7.30 to 10 am pass at Hotham :)
Or a top up kind of thing where you pay per ride. 10 bucks a ride or something.
That first few hours is all I'm interested sans family
 

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Pretty sure you can buy it stand alone. Same as night skiing. But yes add on to normal day pass if you want all day.
If they did that at Falls it would have to be pretty attractive to BC skiers - get a few warm up laps then be at the top to start a day tour. Might be an answer to the perpetual problem.

OTOH they probably wouldn't do it because no RFID gates over the back to easily enforce the cutoff time.
 
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I did First Tracks at Perisher a couple of years ago. Safety briefing was pretty much just a ski patrol member behind the rope telling everyone to take it easy. As soon as the rope drops, its a free for all.
This. They start the season being a little less brief but get more lax as the season progresses.
 

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Isn’t the reason to have Heavenly open before the Village loop hordes descend is so that one doesn’t have to take it easy? Audi Quattro chair not running is the safety precaution.
 
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