It may not have the marketing clout of the Epic Pass or the Ikon Pass but the Mountain Sports Club provides members an opportunity to save money on lift tickets at dozens of resorts without having to shell out BIG bucks. The concept is a little like Costco or Sam’s Club. You pay a modest membership fee in order to access discounts.
Currently, the club is providing viewers of the Sun and Snow Adventures web site/blog a $9.95 introductory offer for the season. Deals include discounts on lift tickets, rentals, lodging, gear and other travel related necessities. Offers are broken down into geographic regions so it is easy to find something near where you live. There is a list of Nordic Centers and trails for cross country fans and a tie-in for “off season” biking opportunities. Use the special Sun and Snow Adventures Link and insert the promo code ski2019 to take advantage of the offer.
Mountain Sports Club was founded by Baltimore native John Siewierski who now lives and operated out of Boulder, Colorado.
On the kids front, West Virginia Ski Areas Association has joined the ranks of states offering a Passport Program for elementary-level youths. The administration fee is $25. The fee includes free lift tickets at the four WVA resorts – Canaan Valley, Oglebay, Snowshoe and Winterplace – up to three times. Timberline is not operating this season due to a bankruptcy filing. The resort recently was purchased by Indiana-based Perfect North Slopes.
The WVA Passport Program also includes a free learn to ski or snowboard lift, lesson, rental package at each resort. Unlike some OTHER Passport Programs no adult purchase is required. There are about a dozen similar programs throughout the U.S. including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Utah, Colorado, and a group called Ski the Northwest Rockies. All vary slightly and different grades are addressed.