This weekend I went to Butternut MA for the TAFT. It was a 2 hour drive for me (from upstate NY) and me and my friend left at like 6 in the morning. When we got to the mountain we bought our passes and took the main lift up.
When we eventually made it to the park I was stopped by one of their crew, who told us that in order to ride the park we needed to go to the main office and purchase a "park pass". I was kind of wierded out by this and went down to the office to buy one.
When we got there we had to take a "test" about the "rules of the terrain park". After I finished the test (which was quite a joke), the person behind the counter handed me a waiver that had to be signed by my parent.... Who wasnt in Massachusetts, at this point I was on the verge of losing my cool over this "park pass" thing and the staff was not helping. They kept on saying "stop wasting our time" and "are you set yet?", but we werent being disruptive, just sitting on a bench in the corner (most of the time on the phone). It was terrible service...
I had to call my parents and have them drive to work in order to sign and fax the waiver... Long story short, I got mine but my friend just gave up with it all and skied past the guy when he asked for the pass.
I will take responsibility as Im sure its on their website that you need to buy a park pass, but this whole thing took an hour out of the day, and we were getting nagged at the whole time. And we met up with 2 or 3 other people who were having the same problem, as we were all 17.
My question to you guys is if, other than butternut, has anyone ever heard of a park pass?
I hope that this not only helps me but also other people to not get caught in this situation, so please say if you have heard of a mountain like this!