KING OF PRUSSIA SKI CLUB
SKI TRIP PLANNING
Which Season Pass Should You Buy?
The question we all ask ourselves each year…
This is always a hot topic and a choice only you can make as to which one is going to be right for your ski season!
Ski passes are becoming more desirable, but they do make us have to think months and even possibly a year in advance. The facts that (1) many resorts do not sell individual daily tickets onsite, and (2) the rack rate online – to say the least – is way expensive makes buying a pass an attractive option. The window to get the best price for the major multi-mountain starts in the spring of each season. So, you will need to start thinking about making your plans soon. And to that end, KOPSC will be announcing next year’s trips in early spring of 2023, too.
The four major players for passes (EPIC, Ikon, Mountain Collective and Indy) offer new and different options for each season.
***Keep this information in mind as you enjoy this ski season, but it’s not too soon to start to dream about the 2024 season! The Ski Trip Planning Committee plans to roll out our trips in late April so you can all get a jump on the best ski pass values.***
Skiing Without a Pass: Plan Ahead
If you are one of the procrastinators who did not buy one of the ski passes when they were at their lowest prices last spring, you still need to do a little planning to get regular tickets at some resorts. Many ski areas no longer sell tickets at the mountain. You must buy your ticket online and make a reservation for the day you want to ski. Some resorts are also limiting the number of tickets they sell for any given day, and online ticket prices can vary from day to day. The further ahead you plan, the better your chances of getting a reservation and a more reasonable ticket price for the days you want to hit the slopes.
Plan ahead – check the resort’s website for ticketing requirements. There are still a few online non-resort ticket sellers. It is worth the effort to check them out to see what they have available on the days you plan to ski:
Retailers in resort areas are also known to sell lift tickets. Check the ski shops, grocery stories and even gas stations. Leave no snow untracked in your search for the best price of a lift ticket!
Early Signup Begins May 10th!
Here’s How It Works
The details for all of the 2023-2024 western trips are posted on this website. Once again, we are doing early signup starting May 10th. You can register for the ski trips BY US MAIL ONLY! No deposits or registrations will be accepted with a postmark prior to Wednesday, May 10th. Your postmark will determine your position on the signup list.
Early signup is easy. Include all of the following in your envelope:
Completed and signed registration/release form (available here)
Your deposit check made payable to KOPSC
A copy of the photo ID you will use for boarding at the airport (driver’s license or passport)
Put your envelope in the mail to the appropriate trip leader on May 10th – not a moment before. Note that only two registrations are allowed per envelope (yours and your roommate’s.) Regarding photo IDs, if you are concerned about your privacy, you can block out the document numbers on the copy you provide; however, we need your name EXACTLY as it appears on the ID, as well as your date of birth for the airline manifests. Deposit amounts and trip leader addresses are listed in the Ski Trips section of our website.
If you’re concerned about less-than-timely delivery of the US Mail, feel free to let the trip leader know that your registration is in the mail, so they know to watch for it. Again – it’s the postmark that counts – not the date that the leader receives your registration.
IMPORTANT! To qualify for early signup on May 10th, you must be a KOPSC member in good standing for the current season (2022-2023). If you were not a dues-paying member for the 2022-2023 year as of May 1st, you CANNOT take advantage of early signup. You are, however, eligible for regular signup on August 1st – also to be done by mail – if you have paid your membership dues prior to that date. You can also sign up in person at our monthly membership meetings, which will resume September 19th.
Note that your membership dues cannot be processed along with your ski trip registration. Send your dues and membership form directly to Membership Chair Cheryl Brokaw (see membership application/renewal form at https://www.kingofprussiaskiclub.com/forms-and-policies. The trip leader cannot accept your registration until you are a paid member.
For additional information about early signup protocol, please contact the leader listed in the ad for trip you are interested in.