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Shredding mountains: a costly hobby

On November 20, 2012

Ski season is right around the corner and students are preparing to embrace it. For some, ski season has already begun with the opening of six different Utah ski resorts.

“I’m heading down to Park City this weekend with some of my buddies,” Nico Virgi, a sophomore majoring in international business, said. “I wanted to be shredding the whole week of Thanksgiving break, but I have to work the day after Thanksgiving, which sucks. I could have left Tuesday and skied until Monday.”

Many students are season pass holders to their favorite ski resorts. Nico said he has a season pass this year to Park City’s ski resort.

“I just go to Park City because their park is amazing,” Virgi said. “Their jumps and everything are set up so smoothly.”

Getting a season pass can be a better financial decision for those who ski or snowboard regularly.

“I get a season pass to Beaver pretty much every year,” Caden Sorenson, a junior majoring in computer science, said. “I go up to beaver usually about three times a week. So I pay off my pass in three weeks, maybe four.”

Some choose to get season passes to multiple resorts.

“I usually have a pass to both Beaver and Park City, because I usually go to both resorts enough to pay them off,” said Gabe Anderson, a junior majoring in international business.

“This year I only have a pass to Beaver. I don’t think I will have enough time this season to drive down to Park City that often.”

Anderson said he has experienced many different ski resorts, including every Utah resort, and many of the resorts in the surrounding states.

“Utah resorts are my favorite,” he said. “When we get powder here it is the best. The snow is the number one difference between Utah resorts and other states. If we’re not having a good snow day I will go ski Park, but if there is snow I will go ski Powder.”123

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