NH-run Cannon Mountain asks for modest price hike

New Hampshire ski resorts are gearing up for the new season, and while they’re facing increased costs, that doesn’t necessarily mean lift ticket costs will skyrocket. Wildcat Mountain plans to open Nov. 18 and its snow cannons have “We’ve seen strong season pass sales this year,” said Jessyca Keeler, president of Ski NH. skiing can be expensive. “This year we’re definitely seeing a lot of other costs go up much more significantly than in the past, and that includes energy prices. That includes wage increases,” Keeler said. Ski NH said salaries have increased by an average of 28% across the industry over the past five years. According to the Department of Natural and Cultural Affairs, state-owned Cannon Mountain will have to offset an additional $825,000 in energy costs. But if his demands to a legislative committee meeting on Friday are any indication, ski areas will absorb much of the additional costs. He is asking for an increase of $5 for adult day passes and $15 for adult season passes. He is not asking for any rate increases for military, teens, students, or equipment rentals. “I think people who have been skiing for a long time,” Keeler said. “They’ve probably just witnessed these rate changes from year to year, and they’re not surprised by a few dollars off the price of a ticket.” Franconia Notch is also on Friday’s agenda for the legislative committee. It offers a flat fee of $10 per vehicle in two lots closest to the two main departure points on weekends and holiday Mondays.

New Hampshire ski resorts are gearing up for the new season, and while they’re facing increased costs, that doesn’t necessarily mean the cost of lift tickets will skyrocket.

Wildcat Mountain plans to open Nov. 18, and its snow cannons have already started.

“We have seen season pass sales increase this year,” said Jessyca Keeler, president of Ski NH.

But with many ski resorts still waiting to publish their daily rates, it’s unclear how much more a typical ski day might cost.

“This year we’re definitely seeing a lot of other costs go up much more significantly than in the past, and that includes energy prices. That includes wage increases,” Keeler said.

Ski NH said salaries have increased by an average of 28% across the industry over the past five years. According to the Department of Natural and Cultural Affairs, state-owned Cannon Mountain will have to offset an additional $825,000 in energy costs.

But if his demands to a legislative committee meeting on Friday are any indication, ski areas will absorb much of the additional costs. He is asking for an increase of $5 for adult day passes and $15 for adult season passes. It asks for no rate increases for military, teens, students, or equipment rentals.

“I think people who have been skiing for a long time,” Keeler said. “They’ve probably just witnessed these rate changes from year to year, and they’re not surprised by a few dollars off the price of a ticket.”

Franconia Notch is also on Friday’s agenda for the legislative committee. It offers a flat fee of $10 per vehicle in two lots closest to the two main departure points on weekends and holiday Mondays.

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