What’s it going to take to have Big Chad put you into a new season pass for next year? Big Sky special events coordinator Chad Jones clearly has a future in selling used cars, but until that time, he’s pushing a Spring Cleaning Sales extravaganza at the Montana resort for the 2010/2011 season. With prices reduced more than 40 percent, skiers can purchase the Big Sky Gold Unlimited Season pass for $799 until April 30.
Mark Elling is a long-suffering ski industry pro who specializes in weaseling into Ski and Skiing Magazine product tests annually in order to score free gloves and eat fat meals. Elling has a 20-year history of poor paying jobs in ski-dom, from teaching skiing in Montana to working as a snowcat skiing guide in southern Oregon. He currently keeps his creditors at bay working as a bootfitter at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon and as a freelance writer. Elling is the author of The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill).