GREAT BARRINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- SkiButternut.com Window Lift Ticket Prices are a rip off. Last Sunday I took the family to Ski Butternut in Great Barrington. Paid $240.00 - ticket window price: $60/ea for 4 tickets. I learned that afternoon most skiers paid $30-$40 for the same Sunday ticket - big 32% difference.
Here's how the SkiButternut.com scam works. Ski Butternut has an inflated retail window ticket price. Ski Butternut then discounts from this inflated price. Ski Butternut ticket pricing has nothing to do with costs or value.
It's a tricky marketing scheme - plain & simple! I learned there are many groups you can join for FREE and get a $40 Ski Butternut weekend ski ticket (32% discount). Wait there's more: there are many gas stations on route to Ski Butternut giving away (with $10 gas purchase) free (BOGO) Buy One - Get One vouchers (50% discount) $30 ticket.
Paying Ski Butternut's window price is a terrible family rip-off! Butternut IS NOT A family-friendly mountain. This SCAM reminds me of the bankrupt retailer Circuit City. They too had a similar pricing scam. Circuit City routinely jacked up prices on popular items. Merchandise sat cold on shelves for weeks. Then Circuit City would run a big 30%-50% sale. Innocent buyers thought they got a great deal. In reality, Circuit City gave them a raw deal. When buyers found out they were ripped off, they stopped shopping Circuit City.
SkiButternut.com tickets are really worth $25-$35. Butternut is a cute hill, not a real ski mountain. If you pay Butternut's full window price and you got ripped off. Ski Butternut's marketing manager, Matt ** defended
his inflated weekend rates, claims "we give great value".
I dispute this, and compared Matt **'s claim to a Belleayre ski ticket - only $47 from liftopia.com. Click here: **. Stats: Belleayre is 4x larger than SkiButternut.com (more trails), Belleayre ski lifts are faster and newer than Ski Butternut's, Belleayre has a longer ski season: Nov-April, $60 vs $47 - Belleayre offers 22% more family value. My review on SkiButternut.com in Great Barrington, MA - thumbs down, no family value here!