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Testing the Theory That Spring Pass Sales Filter Skiers by Stoke

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So, two weeks ago I shared some data on how likely skiers are to renew their passes based on when they buy them. Turns out, the guys and gals who snag their pass in the spring are much more likely to renew than those who buy in fall.

Here’s the chart (month when pass was purchased on x-axis, renewal rate of each group the following season on the y-axis):

The theory that I shared was simply this:

“What if spreading out pass sales effectively segments your skiers by their level of dedication? The guys/gals that know without a doubt they’ll be skiing next year, order immediately. Those unconvinced their skiing desire will be worthy of a pass come November, wait until then to buy.”

True to my word, I did test it in this week’s Stash post. Here’s what the chart looks like with the month the pass was purchased on the X-axis and the average days spent on the mountain by each group on the y-axis.

The short story is this: skiers who buy their passes early are the ones who will be skiing more during the upcoming season. They seem to be more dedicated to skiing and more sure of where they’ll be the following season. There is little doubt in their mind they’ll be in the same place next year ready to ski just as many days as the last season.

In the ongoing search for loyalty, that not a bad trait to stick next to the folks in your database, eh?

About Gregg & SlopeFillers
I've had more first-time visitors lately, so adding a quick "about" section. I started SlopeFillers in 2010 with the simple goal of sharing great resort marketing strategies. Today I run marketing for resort ecommerce and CRM provider Inntopia, my home mountain is the lovely Nordic Valley, and my favorite marketing campaign remains the Ski Utah TV show that sold me on skiing as a kid in the 90s.

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