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Ticket Price release date

Discussion in 'Hotham & Dinner Plain' started by schneeschleicher, Feb 14, 2021.

  1. schneeschleicher

    schneeschleicher Hard Yards

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    Sorry if there is already a thread dealing with this. Please redirect me there if that is the case. Trying to price a week at Hotham this year but it is a little difficult given the lack of lift ticket pricing. Anyone have the inside line on a rough release date for this info??
     
  2. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hard to do better than the Epic Australia Pass for a week - season pass for $899. Accomm will likely be much more expensive, depending on what style you want.
     
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  3. Tom from Melbourne

    Tom from Melbourne One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not sure when prices will come out, IIRC last year was delayed as covid came through, and the days were sold in blocks of exact days rather than x in y days once you got in the 5 to 7 day range.

    As a guide, in 2019 the best rate per day in peak in 2019 was about $120 (7 days out of 9) and highest is about $130 per day (3 days).

    Can probably stop reading here, the rest is just my own thinking and rationale!

    So for Epic, now at $899 but due to rise in price on 23rd, the payback is about 7 days.

    BUT, there is some insurance and further lesson, rental discounts as well as first tracks and free night skiing - so payback is even better than just a day rate.

    Also, possible priorisation for a lift ticket if demand exceeds covid safe density limits. (Noting that this priorisation didn't happen at Falls/Hotham in 2020 during the July school holidays, which contained the only 4 days the lifts ran).

    I am up for 6 days in July school holidays and believe that Epic is good value ( and leaves me with incentive to get up for a further weekend or 2, and September school holidays if the snow is as good as 2018 and 2019).
     
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    Tropical One of Us

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    I am also waiting on the regular lift tickets to be released. I am planning on going for 5 days so I don't believe that the epic pass will be better value. I am also travelling from Queensland with no opportunity to book additional days at other resorts.
     
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  5. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think it would be close though
     
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  6. schneeschleicher

    schneeschleicher Hard Yards

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    Sorry for not replying. Covid fallout and the roller coaster that it makes life.Thanks for the feedback. Still no love from Hotham. Their spiel on the website is great...
    "We get it. Winter is the best and you want to book your snow holiday. Nothing excites us more than welcoming skiers and riders back to our mountains. We are updating our offerings and pricing for the 2021 snow season and will update this page closer to winter."
    They either don't actually get it or they a teasing me and trying to figure out how much they can squeeze out of me as the dust settles. I suspect the latter.
     
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  7. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yup. One of the most frustrating aspects of snowsports is the drip feeding of prices. Sure, if you know you are going to do 20+ days on snow, then you are probably going to be better off buying a season pass. But if you are going for a week then, covid restrictions aside, it's a borderline difference. Add on to that the need to book accommodation when it comes available, but before ticket prices are released, and for parents the ever changing landscape of lesson offerings for children.... it's all pretty frustrating.
     
  8. Kelpieboy

    Kelpieboy One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Really 5+ days then the EPIC is a no brainer ...... flexibility ;);););)
     
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  9. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    true when you live close enough to do short trips. not so much if you live somewhere other than Vic, nsw or act.
     
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  10. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Perisher 2019, 5 days Lift & Lessons (BC or Smig) - $559
    Epic pass - $799 minimum

    Flexibility of pass use doesn't help much when you have to book accommodation at the start of the year.

    Then, as I said, there's the changing scenario for parents. In past years it was Discovery for 3 & 4 year olds, where they could choose to ski or snowboard. Then from 5 years and up, it was normal group lessons.

    This year they have changed the age range to be 3-5 & 6+, respectively - and limited the younger ones to skiing only. I can understand *why* they are doing that, but it doesn't make planning any easier.
     
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  11. schneeschleicher

    schneeschleicher Hard Yards

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    Epic pass is now $949. Would only get one for myself as the rest of the family won't be going more than the one trip. I doubt I would get up enough to make it worthwhile anyway. So still need an indication from Vail as to how much they will be trying to wring out of my account. The kids lessons is also a concern, though I'm sure that will come out in the wash. :headbang: