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Ski notebook

Ski resorts adopt no-blackout policy on discount dates

The advent of dynamic pricing in the ski industry has resulted in decent advance-purchase discounts over the past several seasons, and one key perk has been the willingness of participating mountains to drop blackout dates and restrictions on transferability.

That’s the case at Ski New Hampshire (www.skinh.com), which has rolled out holiday packages that let you combine four or more tickets from mountains at different-tiered price points. All tickets represent a discount off regular one-day pricing, but overall supply is limited (some resorts are selling out faster than others).

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It’s the same no blackout/fully transferable policy for the $399 Ski Maine Mountain Pass (www.skimaine.com), which includes 17 pairs of vouchers to different ski areas, ranging from the state’s largest resorts to small community hills.

Jiminy Peak, Bromley Mountain, and Cranmore have combined for a $299 no-blackout pass for college students (separate from that season pass, any student who shows a student ID at Bromley gets $10 off posted rates).

Magic Mountain has a new policy that allows a skier to flash a season pass from any other Vermont resort to get a $5 (weekday) or $10 (weekend/holiday) discount on lift tickets. Burke Mountain has a similar deal, but the pass can be from any resort and the price is $45.

The “Mountains of Distinction” perk for Wachusett Mountain pass holders now includes discounts at 10 other New England resorts.

Steals and deals

The steepest individual-day discounts at this early juncture of the season are both priced at $12 on Dec. 12, when Mount Snow will celebrate its 58th anniversary (limited to the first 1,000 online purchasers) and Bretton Woods will unveil its new Mt. Stickney territory . . . In honor of its 75th anniversary, lift tickets at Pico Mountain will roll back to $19.37 pricing Dec. 15-21 (Pico operates on a Thursday-Monday only schedule this season) . . . On Dec. 15, make a holiday donation at Okemo (five non-perishable food items or a new child’s toy or clothing) and get a ticket for $39 . . . At Bolton Valley, ski for free Dec. 16 if you show up dressed like Santa Claus . . . Cranmore Mountain will continue two-for-one midweek pricing Mondays-Fridays this season (provided you buy online and in advance) . . . Mondays mean $45 tickets at Mount Sunapee . . . The Thursday breakfast club for skiers age 55 and up is back at Black Mountain ($22 lift ticket includes a voucher for breakfast and coffee) . . . Every week Shawnee Peak will have men’s (Thursdays) and ladies’ (Fridays) ticket discounts at $36 . . . At Saddleback, buy a standard-priced $49 Wednesday lift ticket and a friend gets one too for only $10 . . . Stowe, Okemo, and Sugarloaf have demo days this Saturday (it’s a two-day affair at the ‘Loaf) . . . On Dec. 15, you can try new gear at Mt. Snow.

All aboard

Boston Ski & Snowboard Club (www.bssc.com) has upcoming day and weekend bus trips to Sunday River and Sugarloaf (this weekend), Bretton Woods and Mount Snow (Dec. 14-16), Sunday River (Dec. 22), and a New Year’s trip to Quebec (Dec. 29-Jan. 1). Package details and pickup locations vary, but most include group discounts, bus-only options, and tie-ins to “snowcial” events . . . Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded by the New England Ski Museum to organizations and individuals who bolster snow sports participation and history. The Cal Conniff Grant Program will announce its 2013 awards during the opening reception of the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup event at Cranmore March 1. Anyone who can demonstrate the need for the funding of activities that support the heritage of Alpine or Nordic skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing is eligible. Applications (www.skimuseum.org) are due Feb. 5.

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