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Old 07-26-2003, 11:00 PM   #1
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Question Interest in group buy season pass at Northstar/Sierra?

I was thinking of setting up a group buy for the 03/04 season pass to Northstar and Sierra, and was just checking to see what kind of interest there was. They raised the price this time up to $359, it was $299 last year, but they also included the vertical pass this year. A total of 16 people are needed. Just trying to find out what kind of interest people would have to see this happen.

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New price for this season pass. Regular price is $419, regular group buy rate is $359, our rate here is $339, a $20 dollar savings. The way this group buys work is that the organizer, that's me, has to get 15 people to pay $359 each and he then gets a free pass. The way I am setting this up is like this. $359 * 15 = $5385 Then since we get one free we get the following $5385 / 16 ~ $336.5625 I round that up to $339, and I apply the extra to my pass for organizing this. If this sound good to people let me know. PM for more info, and to figure out payment options. I can pick up in Oakland area when I head down there either this weekend(16, 17) or the weekend of September 6,7. I am located in Sacramento area. So far it looks like the following are interested:

Me and my g/f - 2 for sure
buymeasti + 2 - pretty sure depending on payment options
HorsePowerForBrains + 3 - maybe, verifying seriousness with the +3
OneManArmy ??

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Old 07-28-2003, 02:53 PM   #2
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Im in, when is the deadline?
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:13 PM   #3
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The deadline is September 30, 2003 or as soon as they sold out. It's valid anyday at Sierra, and anyday at Northstar except for blackout days(15 days). We would need a total of 15 people though.

http://doublewhammypass.com/pricing.html

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Old 07-28-2003, 05:03 PM   #4
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I will be down in the beginning of Sept.
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Old 08-13-2003, 05:29 PM   #5
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Default Re: Interest in group buy season pass at Northstar/Sierra?

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I was thinking of setting up a group buy for the 03/04 season pass to Northstar and Sierra, and was just checking to see what kind of interest there was. They raised the price this time up to 359, it was 299 last year, but they also included the vertical pass this year. A total of 15 people are needed. Just trying to find out what kind of interest people would have to see this happen.

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Juan - I'm seriously interested in getting a pass this year. My friends and I are also organizing a group buy but we don't have enough people signed up yet. We can make it even cheaper since one free pass is awarded to the organizer. So if we can get 16 people that will cost everyone only $339. I have four other friends lined up.

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Old 08-13-2003, 05:47 PM   #6
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Thy,

That sounds good, but so far it's my g/f and I plus maybe buymeasti and horsepowerforbrains. That's 4 plus your 5 so we are looking at 7 more still. We'll see who else shows interest and go from there. And then we still have to make sure when everyone will have their money by.

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Old 08-13-2003, 05:48 PM   #7
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so thats seven of us, 9 more to go. I passes this up last year and SERIOUSLY regretted it....
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:41 PM   #8
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I convinced a friend of mine, make that 8 with 6 to go


How would we organize payment and stuff. I'd like to know because Ive been involved in too many sour deals where saving $50-100 was totally NOT worth it, and costed me more lin the long run
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:53 PM   #9
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I may know a couple as well. My friends did it last year....so I bet I can dig up a couple right there.

I may be in...better check the pocket book.

only problem with me is age....is it the same deal for over 24 or is this only young adult passes...i had this problem last year...I turn 26 in a week.
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Old 08-14-2003, 01:04 AM   #10
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OneManArmy:
This is for adult season pass, anyday at Sierra, anyday at Northstar except black out day(14 days I think). You don't want to be at Northstar those days anyways. Way too many people, and really long lift lines.

buymeasti:
Payment would need to be either check or cash. Only one form of payment is accepted for the group buy. I was going to have everyone give me the checks and then I was going to put it on my credit card. I won't have the cash to give to someone else until end of September because I am paying for 2 passes which would be almost $700. As for this being a sour deal, I can't tell you too much. I've know a couple guys up here in Sacramento (Kostamojen, Lowball, DDMan, StankfootZ, and others) so you can ask them about me, but other than that, I would say you just need to trust me. I wouldn't cash any checks until everybody has given me their forms and checks. I also frequent Oakland, so I could pick up checks and forms from people in the Bay Area whenever I go down that way for the weekends.

Other than that, maybe Thy would be setting up to take the payments and such, but then I wouldn't be able to pay my share until end of September. If I put it on my credit card, I can put my share as soon as everybody else is ready.

Thy: What do you think with regards to payments and such?

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Old 08-14-2003, 02:05 AM   #11
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What are Sierra and Northstar like for boarding?

I'm teh noob, only boarded 1x at Squaw and Heavenly, but I'd love to have a pass - if these are nice places for it - that's a good price!

Any opinions?
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Old 08-14-2003, 02:11 AM   #12
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I've heard Alpine Meadows, Squaw, and Kirkwood are a lot better and some refer to Northstar as Flatstar. I learned to board last year at Northstar and I enjoyed it. But for the better boarders, I believe they prefer the other resorts. But for anyone over 24, you can't beat the price for Northstar/Sierra. Kirkwood has a good value season pass if you are under 24.

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Old 08-14-2003, 04:15 AM   #13
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I am not a huge fan of northstar.....haven't had a good day there yet...I am more of a back country guy.

Sierra rips though...great park....good intermediat stuff if that's what you need....some desent tree runs.

Generally I hit bear cause I have a house up in arnold and then we do kirkwood and sugarbowl.....sierra as well.

Northstar is great for beginners...long long runs and not to steep. I have been doing this 10 years so and I dont' like parks so it's so so for me.
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Old 08-14-2003, 12:26 PM   #14
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The backside of Northstar can get challenging, but it's no squa...THere are also snow parks and ramps that can appease even the best boarders.There are ramps and rails that I wont even touch on skiis.

For the most part it is fairly smooth terrain, but if you look for trouble you will definitely find some. The nice thing about northstar is the runs are totally high speed, so you can get like 15 good solid runs in one day if you are up for it, and the lifts are all high speed quads, so the lines are big but move quite fast.

All in all it has a little bit for everyone. But see for this pass you arent locked into one place, and its only for a year, so in the worst case you dont like either place its not like you are stuck there for life, only one season.
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Old 08-14-2003, 12:28 PM   #15
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Other than that, maybe Thy would be setting up to take the payments and such, but then I wouldn't be able to pay my share until end of September. If I put it on my credit card, I can put my share as soon as everybody else is ready.

Thy: What do you think with regards to payments and such?

Juan
I know this always gets wierd, and thanks for organizing this, Ive just learned my lesson once too many times to not be on the cautious side. Im sure we will figure something out Thanks for understanding my concern.
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Old 08-14-2003, 02:16 PM   #16
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You have a PM.

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Old 08-14-2003, 10:23 PM   #17
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Exclamation Updated!!

First post has been updated, question or comments, post here or PM me.

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Old 08-15-2003, 12:05 AM   #18
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I'm still on the fence... but I should know by next weekend (23rd). Keep me +1 as maybes.

Gotta talk the missus into doing it, too.
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Old 08-15-2003, 12:13 AM   #19
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I have another one interested! That makes me for 3!
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Old 08-16-2003, 01:26 AM   #20
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Ugh - scratch me +1 off the list.

This is subject to change if someone snatches up the cobra before the deadline, otherwise, not until next year.

Thanks for organizing it, good luck!
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Old 08-17-2003, 03:56 AM   #21
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Like I told Juan in a PM, I found several posting on Craigslists regarding GB's on season pass. Luckily, there was one space left on one of them. So my advice is to jump on one of those GB's because they are almost complete.
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Old 08-17-2003, 03:43 PM   #22
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except you are dealing with complete strangers. At least the guys on here are linked to others we know. With $350, I'm not going to send it to some random...

But thats just me We are pretty damn close, I am sure as the month closes more ppl will jump in, it is just too early for most ppl to dump a couple hundred dollars.

Or why dont we post this on craig's list?
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Old 08-18-2003, 12:20 AM   #23
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buymeasti, I posted it up there already. So far no e-mails from anyone. I posted it the same day solmooth suggested that I join one of those in his PM. Once I start school on the 2nd, I might be able to find some people. I was going to go to the ski club meeting and hopefully get some people to join us from their. I went last year and there were around 40+ people buying season passes from the ski club at regular rate $419, not even at group buy rate. So I am pretty sure some will want to join our group buy since it is lower than the regular group buy rate.

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Old 08-19-2003, 12:00 AM   #24
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Lightbulb Can everyone post status if they are in for sure?

Can I get an update of who is in for sure? I got a e-mail from someone via http://www.craigslist.org/eby/com/14914499.html and they may be in for 4 or 5 people, so I want to know where we are at, at this point. Also when would everyone be able to make payment? Buymeasti and I are working on a contract for me to sign whenever I pick up payments (check, money order, cash) that states that I will fullfill my end of the deal, which is to make payment to Northstar for the full group buy application, and that the person giving me a check will make sure it clears. Everyone will have my information along with me signing so that hopefully makes everyone a little more comfortable dealing with me. I am hoping to have everyones payment and forms by the Monday the 8th of September, I will fax over that day and the application should be processed by Friday the 12th. If not I want to have everyones payments and forms by the 15th, and then have everything processed by the 19th. The people at Northstar told me that it takes approximately 3-4 days to process an application. I will be sending everyone PM's also to remind them to check the post.

I can pick up forms and payments from people in the Bay Area. I will be in Oakland and San Jose every Saturday for the next two months. I will be in San Francisco on some Sundays during the next two months. I live in Sacramento. Also post where you are located please.

Thanks,

Juan

Juan + 1 - 100% sure!! - Sacramento

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Me +2, will pay at the end of the month.
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