How 4 Indy VT Resorts Will Operate This Winter
It took less than a week after Vail Resorts announced its operating plans for Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow and all its North American resorts (including a new skiing-by-reservation system) for more of Vermont’s independents to come out with statements about their operations.
And the independents’ lower-cost season passes to these resorts or the $199 Indy Pass (a pass that guarantees two days of skiing at each of 50 small resorts, including Vermont’s Bolton Valley, Magic Mountain and Suicide Six) is looking even more attractive, even as a hedge for Ikon or Epic Pass holders.
One Indy Pass member, Magic Mountain, was already far ahead of the game. On April 15, it was one of the first areas in the country to respond to what CEO Geoff Hatheway rightly predicted would be the ongoing impacts of Covid-19. The southern Vermont renegade resort announced it was dropping its season pass prices by nearly 20 percent, extending pass deadlines and offering to defer passes for a season if the resort were shut down to Covid-19 in the coming season. Magic also announced a “Service” pass for military and front-line health care workers. Other resorts followed suit. Magic has historically only been open four or five days a week and that is likely to continue this season. But new this season, it will be offering a Vermont Locals pass for residents at just $399.