I say old chap, I could sure use a discounted season pass. How ‘bout you, sir?

Squaw Valley is clearly concerned about the top 1% of Americans.  So much so, that they have extended a $100 discount on their regular season passes for this winter to the San Francisco Bay Area elite.

KSL certainly doesn’t have plans to offer any discounts to the sniveling, struggling American that loves to ski.  He can figure out how to pay full price.

But, if you’re a member of one of the most elite athletic clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, you clearly deserve a discount.

The Top 1% reaction to Squaw season pass discounts

The Clubs that are involved in this deal are all owned by Western Athletic Clubs, which was acquired by KSL on March 7th, 2008 So, it makes sense on some level that KSL is giving these guys a discount.  But, it still may very well hurt your feelings that people who are very likely in or around the top 1% of the nation - who are paying a $1900 initiation fee and $2880 per year to “go to the gym” - are getting a discount on a Squaw season pass and you aren’t.

The Pacific Athletic Club at Redwood Shores needs a discount!

Which clubs were they offering the discount to?

- The Bay Club

- The San Francisco Tennis Club

- The Pacific Athletic Club Redwood Shores

- The Courtside Club

- The Decathlon Club

- $1,900 initiation fee + $2,880 per year to join these clubs

Does KSL gotcha feeling like this guy?

The funniest thing about this “Top 1% Discount” is that Squaw sent out an email with the codes to get these season pass discounts and it got poached like a newby in KT line.  Each of these 5 clubs had a discount code for $100 off a Silver Season Pass.  Someone quickly figured out that if you used all 5 of the discount codes, you could stack the discounts and get a pass for only $99.  Naturally, that information became a viral email and many Bay Area people got $99 Squaw Valley Season Passes.

Squaw figured out what was going on and put the kibosh on that.  But, we still think they honored the “Top 1% Discount” for people who used the codes correctly.  

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45 Comments

  1. whogivesafuck says:

    this is old news…. get over it

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  2. officiallywhiningnetworks says:

    can we see some more ski-porn/reviews/interesting related stuff instead of all this BS moaning and complaining?

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  3. jahn knob says:

    cry me a fucking river

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  4. Chukka says:

    it’s an affinity program, tons of companies do this. bfd. if you want the discount join a club. all get discount tickets to Whister now, and we got Alpine for free.

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  5. Inaccurate says:

    The Bay Club in SF gives young professionals under 30 a sub $100 monthly gym rate with no initiation fee through many SF companies. $100 off a season pass is another way to make your gym membership cheaper when you are living on a month to month budget.

    ‘Occupy Information’

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  6. Anonymous says:

    The affiliation between the two clubs helped my broke ass last year. As part of their partnership, whatever money I spent on my squaw pass was taken off of my initiation and membership fees at their athletic club. This enabled me to use the gym for months without paying a dime at a time when I couldn’t afford to drop $60+ a month to join a gym. Is it really that strange that two associated companies offer discounts to their users? Using the same ridiculous logic that’s in this article, i assume that you are outraged that you can ride at alpine using your squaw pass now that they have merged?

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  7. whathappenedtothissite says:

    The affiliation between the two clubs helped my broke ass last year. As part of their partnership, whatever money I spent on my squaw pass was taken off of my initiation and membership fees at their athletic club. This enabled me to use the gym for months without paying a dime at a time when I couldn’t afford to drop $60+ a month to join a gym. Is it really that strange that two associated companies offer discounts to their users? Using the same ridiculous logic that’s in this article, i assume that you are outraged that you can ride at alpine using your squaw pass now that they have merged?

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  8. SkiDUCK says:

    FYI: KSL is providing 750 FREE skier days to at risk youth in the 2011/2012 season and these kids make up the 1% of the 99% which is pretty sweet in my book. My opinion: It’s all ball bearings.

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  9. Marshall says:

    Constantly whining about KSL is getting old.

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  10. Dude, did KSL they steal your girl friend? We all know you never lose your girl friend in a ski town, you just lose your turn. Get over it!

    You had the chance to buy Squaw when they did. If you had, you could have done whatever you wanted with it. Instead, they bought it, so they get to. Deal with it.

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  11. Sinecure says:

    Anyone know if KSL employees get a discount/free membership at those clubs?

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  12. Local Gaper says:

    This locals vs. everyone else crap is crap. At some point in you or your relative’s lives, someone decided living in Tahoe (or insert any other “destination” area) was a good idea. And guess what? Someone already there hated when you or your relatives moved into their town and made it a little more crowded. But after some magical point in time, you’re suddenly from there, and everyone else is infringing on your right to own the place. I’ve lived all over California, including Truckee and Kings Beach. As long as you aren’t trashing the place you’re visiting, you should be welcome anywhere. And guess what else? You’re the tourist/gaper when you go to other regions to ski, surf, etc. Or do you some how think you’re exempt from that moronic mentality?

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Not only that, but there was an email going around that allowed you to input all the codes for these discounts, bringing the price down to $99/pass. Obviously in error due to a poorly implemented eCommerce site. Still they accepted orders, I got a confirm, only to get an email 2 days later saying they are voiding the sale. Can one side legally void a completed contract to deliver?

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  14. Ricky Bobby says:

    Why dont we complain about the $1200 “early season” pass sale at Jackson Instead

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  15. P.Z. says:

    how can kids = 1% when they don’t even files taxes? Just asking.

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  16. Hanneke says:

    Spin this how you like, this is their way of keeping their membership interested in buying season passes at their mountain, instead of somewhere else. Also, I thought whining was for shoulder seasons. Isn’t there a storm coming in the end of the week?

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  17. David Saputo says:

    Enough of all this KSL crap…..GET FIRED UP! The season is about to start…..Once KT opens everybody is all going to forget about all this shit and start ripping the shit out of the Baddest Mountain on the planet….The terrain is still the same, who gives a fuck about who owns what and who skis there…Does anybody really get concerned about anything but their own line when they are skiing anyways? I for one like paying less for a pass. Lets judge KSL at the end of the year…

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  18. skibitches says:

    quit all the bitchin’

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    • Drew says:

      ^eloquently said. Stop your bitching, get back to posting stoke and useful information. Pretty sure many of us have skied Squaw much longer than most of you (e.g. days spent sidesteppin up the ramp to the old Red Dog chair, KT/Headwall doubles, no Broken Arrow , Silvy or Squaw Creek and remember the old Cornice One chair that led to C2. Yes that is why it is called C2). Point being Squaw is a much better area today than 20+ years ago and stop this local vs tourist crap as a ski area like Squaw IS NOT sustainable without tourists. Get over it as the season is right around the corner. If not go grab your skins and earn your turns.

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  19. Yo JO says:

    Who wrote this?

    I bet it was an unofficial Alpine person… The same one that said the merger was not happening.

    Who gives a shit if they get a discount? We are able to get a good season pass for about $500 large. I think the season pass at the golf course at Squaw Creek is like $700. C’mon…

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    • Yo JO says:

      These people are the ones who pay most of our taxes in Tahoe anyway

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      • Anonymous says:

        U r an absolute idiot, they r raising r taxes by living in mansions. My dad lives in a house worth three x as much as mine in the bay and pays less taxes on it then me.

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        • OB says:

          Huh? If you actually own your house, as you claim to, you would understand that California property tax is based on the most recent transaction, not the current market value. If your dad bought his house in the 70s, and you bought yours in 2008, your tax bill will be much higher.

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    • Nope not me. The merger did happen and when we asked questions, every one of them was posed as just questions. We actually hoped to be wrong. Nice effing Squaw douchette attitude.

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  20. Jo says:

    I moved to the Tahoe Area last year and I made some friends that live in squaw and I want to ski with them, They are chill, but this overly aggressive locals attitude I am getting from some of the people and articles on this site is disheartening. I feel I would just get in the way, being how I am still relatively new. I spent several days hiking this summer in Squaw, and all the people I met seemed very nice. I would expect people that live in one of the most beautiful places on earth to protective of it, but also a little more humble. It is not good Karma to live in an avalanche zone and a be a cocky D.B. :D

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  21. tee says:

    KSL is the reason my kids are ugly.

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  22. yosemite says:

    Come on. Is this article some kind of poorly executed satire on how the media today always has to turn everything into some sort of “us vs. them” battle? If not, you have your facts wrong and your overall conclusion is idiotic.

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  23. Matt says:

    Squaw pass has been on sale for a few years now. SHUT UP.

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  24. Bein Reel says:

    welcome to the MACHINE BITCHES!!!

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  25. ed says:

    ksl ran over my dog

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  26. Niles says:

    Screw those corporate bastards……Occupy KT!

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  27. Negative Nancy Can Suck My Left Nut along w/ the 1% says:

    seriously….. look for some new talent konrad….. these hacks are gonna run this site into the ground…… btw, no one at unofficial was complaining about the 1% when you were living in a mansion…… I’m tired of the bitching and whining and lack of pussy…… GIVE US SOME STOKE

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  28. Ski Bum says:

    This is normal affinity type retail activity. Btw, Squaw/Alpine donated $25,000 to the Community House which is part of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. This foundation helps local families in the Truckee and North Tahoe region. I don’t think your article is really newsworthy on this item.

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  29. surf rat says:

    Enough with the whining on this blog. It’s getting old.

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  30. Jason says:

    I am in the top 1% compared to these people: http://bit.ly/uNPpHJ

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  31. skier666 says:

    Because of my gym membership, I am part of the 1% that hikes faster than the rest of the 99%. So I guess that makes me in the top 1% of the 1% in the world of unofficial. OMG.

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  32. Your Face. says:

    The discount is probably to make up for the 1% having to deal with the Y.A.R. generation cutting in line and their casual “I’m a Dickface” attitudes. Also it leaves an extra bill in their pocket to spend in the local Squaw economy, which supports those “I’m a Dickface” attitudes via their paycheck.

    You may ski fast but perhaps your rationale must have been affected by all those fart huffing tram rides. What’s next? Join the occupy movement so you can get rimmed out in a tent by a homeless girl named Dumpster Muffin?

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  33. Anonymous says:

    The top 1% have all the money to spend. who wants riff raff at their ski resort?

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  34. Mr No says:

    The top 1%? I’ve been a Bay Club member for 6 years and I’d hardly say I’m a part of the top 1%! Who wrote this crap? If a company owns a bunch of facilities, doesn’t it make sense they’d offer members of 1 discounts at the other?

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