Sure, it's something of a gamble given a slight uncertainty in weather patterns, but massive investment in sophisticated snowmaking systems at resorts across the nation all but ensure good winter trail conditions.
Areas continue to upgrade technology so they can seize even small windows of snowmaking weather and cover trails quickly, and so they can groom trails into excellent skiing surfaces. The technology is more energy efficient, and thus cost efficient, which makes the investment a twofer in terms of ops.
As for passes, there are lots of options out there.
Stratton for example, has an array of passes that give skiers and riders a choice of how much to pay for what level of service.
An adult Sunday pass at Stratton costs $329. An adult Midweek Super Pass costs $459. A Value Plus Pass good for non-holiday skiing at Stratton, Okemo and Sunapee, costs $659, then $$789. A Standard Pass valid every day of the ski season costs $1,139. A Premier Pass good every day of the season, with early lift access, costs $1,399.
Visit Stratton's tickets and passes page for more information.