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Meadows Adds Five "Buddy" Day Passes To Pass Holder Benefits

Mt. Hood Meadows pass holders will be able to treat friends to discount day lift passes this season. The resort is adding five discount "Buddy Passes" to it's long list of benefits for pass holders. The Buddy Pass allows the pass holder to bring a friend (or friends) for just $59 each (limit five for the season). The 6 and under season pass is not included, but all other loyalty passes (passes with a picture on it) qualify. That includes Unlimited Passes, Midweek+ passes, Night Passes, 10 Time Passes and the Meadows Club Card.

Resort Executive Director of Communications Dave Tragethon says the resort is addressing the two major concerns expressed by pass holders last season. "First, we've rolled back season pass pricing to the 2011/12 season, making the pass a tremendous value. Now we've added a way for pass holders to treat their friends with the Buddy Pass at a significantly reduced price - just $59." 

The resort has done away with Peak Day pricing introduced last season, which increased the price of the lift pass to $89 on peak weekends and holidays. This season - no more Peak pricing - so a lift pass will be $74, valid 9 AM - 4 PM Mondays and Tuesdays; or 9 AM - 6 PM Wednesdays through Sundays when the resort offers night skiing. A day pass can be extended to 9 PM those nights for an additional five dollars.

"This makes Meadows season passes, and the $59 Buddy day passes real bargains, since they are not restricted. The Buddy pass can be purchased by the pass holder any day," states Tragethon.

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9 Comments

  1. wilhelmina

    September 7, 2013

    Good job on rolling back pass prices. The discount 'buddy pass' is a nice idea too, but have you ever thought of including a few free or discounted buddy ski/board rentals?

    Over the long term, a brand new rider experiencing the sport at Meadows could provide greater returns for you. Many of the folks (dirtbags) that I try to talk into a day of riding refuse because they see the high upfront costs of equipment and passes as a barrier.

    I was able to talk a few people into the great $99 3 time learn-to-ski program last year, but now those people are in a bit of a grey zone. If they come back and use that particular program they will be stuck riding the bunny for 2 out of three days. If they buy a day pass and rent equipment from Meadows they will spend close to $100 (factoring in beer costs, of course). I don't think that most people can or will shell out much hard earned cash for decent equipment after just a few days of riding. There has to be a solution to this...

    See you soon!

    Meadows: Thanks for the suggestion. The cost of equipment can be a barrier for some folks to progress into the sport. We highly recommend visiting our High Performance Center, where pass holders receive a 10% discount on demos, and best price guarantee on equipment purchased.

    30-Day Price Protection Policy
    If you purchase here and within 30 days find the same equipment in stock for less anywhere in Oregon, we'll gladly refund you the difference.

    The LifeTime HPC Guarantee
    Every Ski and Snowboard purchased from the HPC comes with our exclusive ‘HPC Guarantee.’ When you need a snowboard binding adjustment, ski binding DIN adjustment or quick wax, we will provide those services for free as long as you own your gear.

    30 Day Test Ride
    To gurantee you have purchased the perfect pair of skis or the best board .. ride it for 30 days. If during that time you are not completely satisfied with the product, return it undamaged within 30 days and we will apply the credit from the original purchase to the purchase of another ski or snowboard from the HPC.

  2. Cherilyn

    December 12, 2013

    I want to purchase buddy passes for Christmas gifts. Can I do that? How? Thankx. CM

    Meadows: Buddy passes can't be purchased - they are included as a pass holder benefit. You can purchase lift passes through our online store http://www.skihood.com/store - that can be given to others and used at any time.

  3. nancy Brunson

    January 10, 2014

    HI, my two son's are signing up for the ski bus through their school. one has a ski pass the other does not. Can we buy five buddy passes for his brother, prior to each Saturday ski bus trip?
    Thank you.

    Meadows: That's a great question! Technically, no as the Buddy Pass is issued at the point of sale with both the pass holder and buddy present. You would need to send up $59 (the Buddy Pass price) with them each time to purchase the Buddy Pass.

  4. Skiforfun

    January 14, 2014

    So, if I read this correct, I cannot purchase a buddy pass after the fact (already purchased our passes)? And, I need to purchase all five a the time of purchase? Thank you!

    Meadows: The Buddy Pass is a benefit that's included in your season pass. You can bring a friend five times this season, they pay $59. So you don't purchase it in advance, you simply bring your buddy with you and purchase the special discount buddy pass at any point of sale.

  5. Jon

    January 21, 2014

    Hi,

    My favorite part of the new 'reloadable' RFID passes is being able to bypass the ticket lines in the morning by purchasing online. However, there isn't a way to do this with the five Buddy Passes :(

    Maybe next year?

    Meadows: Interesting concept. That would have to mean that the "Buddy" already has pass media that you could pre-load online. There's also the "control" issue - we need to make sure that the discount lift pass is actually being used by friends, not just shared, given or sold to others at a discount. I'm pretty sure a physical check in will be necessary for those reasons.

  6. Jon

    January 23, 2014

    Hmm... Well there's currently nothing stopping me from 'selling' my buddy pass to any stranger at the mountain. I also 'give' it to my wife each time. She could then 'give' or 'share' it with anyone at the mountain. If there's a control problem, I think it already exists?

    I have a season pass, but my wife only comes a few times a year. So we will end up with a half dozen RFID cards that dont get 'reloaded'. We also have to wait in line those 5 mornings...

    Maybe I can load 5 buddy passes onto a single card? Or buy 5 cards at once? That would eliminate the need to wait in line each morning... Hmm.....

    The RFID system allows a lot of new options. :)

    Meadows: Thanks Jon. The current system requires both the pass holder and buddy to be at the point of sale at the same time. We will look into ways to reload conveniently to make it easier (and bypass the ticket counter) in the future.

    Meanwhile, you can bring the media (lift pass) with you and the Buddy Pass access can be loaded on it. Or you can drop off the used media at the end of the day at Concierge and we'll recycle it.

  7. Cecbikes

    March 18, 2014

    I have spring pass. Can I purchase buddy passes like the other pass holders?

    Meadows: Yes - the Spring Pass includes the same benefits as our unlimited passes, including 5 discount Buddy Passes so you can bring friends up for $59 each.

  8. Michael

    April 3, 2014

    If the buddy we are bringing is only 14 years old what is the cost of a lift ticket with a buddy pass? I have a season pass and want to bring my friend, but we want to know the cost of a 14 year old buddy pass.

    Meadows: The Buddy Pass is $59 - so you'd be better going with the $39 junior (7 - 14) rate.

  9. Devin

    April 14, 2014

    I have a M.A.D. pass, but the M.A.D. season is over, can I use my buddy passes on myself and a friend?

    Meadows: Thanks Devin - a great question. You can use your discount buddy passes on yourself or bring a friend. We'll see you up here!

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