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- Response to 3 complaint(s) filed against business.
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Business ManagementMr. Tim Boyd, President Mr. Greg Fisher, General Manager Ms. Mary Fisher, Promotions and Sales Director
Ski Centers & Resorts Ski Instruction Restaurants Ski Equipment - Retail
Alternate Business NamesMad River Acquisitions Mad River Mountain, Inc.
1000 Snow Valley Rd
Zanesfield, OH 43360 (800) 231-7669 (937) 599-1015 Directions
PO Box 22
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
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Complaint: Visit to Mad River Mountain. The rules are only one going down the hill at a time. My nephew went down and he's 6 and another person was allowed to go down because the girl was not paying attention, she was talking and laughing.. she let two people go down the hill and hit my son. Half way down the hill my son flipped off his tube and was stuck on the hill.. She didn't see him flip off his tube, and allowed 2 others to go down the hill which is not allowed b/c the lane was still occupied. After the others crashed into my son, nobody was sent to help or check to see if everyone was OK. We have this on video and a video of the girl that allowed it to happen. I contacted Mad River and they didn't really care too much or offer anything or an apology. What can we do about this? I have a video I can send if needed.
Desired Settlement: Refund and or tickets for the group to go and try to enjoy themselves this time around. After my nephew was hit, he wouldn't ride anything and wanted to go home. Ruined the whole trip b/c one person didn't do their job and wasn't paying attention which resulted in 3 people getting hurt.
Business Response: Mad River Mountain and the Avalanche Tubing Park were hosts to the complainant and her party on the MLK holiday weekend. After their visit, the guest made our management aware of the situation she encountered via email with a date stamp of 1:22am on 1/20. Mad River absolutely takes notice of guest issues and management responded directly with an email less than six hours later at 6:42am on 1/20 which included an apology for any issues her group encountered. In order to properly look into the complaint and situation, we requested additional information through several email exchanges with the guest and escalated the issue to our General Manager for his involvement. After speaking with the manager on duty during the guest's outing, it was determined that the guest had confirmed with the manager that evening that she and the members of her party were ok after the incident and did not require further review from resort Ski Patrol staff. Additionally the manager on duty followed up with a verbal reprimand of the employee in question that may have incorrectly managed the traffic in the tubing chute. After this confirmation we emailed the guest back to ensure her that the parties involved had been spoken to, which was the request presented by the guest. During the conversation with the manager on duty on the date of the incident, the guest did not request any voucher or refund compensation or visit our Guest Services Office to inquire about such. Additionally no mention of a compensation request was given during any of the email exchanges so Mad River had every reason to believe that the situation had been resolved. Through conversations it was concluded that the members of the party whose ticket usage was affected included the guest herself and her son, while other members of the party had been able to continue. Mad River would be happy to issue Snow Guarantee Vouchers for a return tubing visit through the end of the season for the two tickets that were not fully used. To make arrangements for these vouchers to be received, the guest may contact the Director of Sales and Service at Mad River Mountain to confirm the address she would like them mailed to. Sincerely, Mad River Mountain Guest Services
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Complaint: Website heading indicates "weekend and holiday prices" with a category for Sunday hours. I was told the price didn't apply on Sunday of MLK weekend. Holiday description included MLK and Christmas.
Desired Settlement: I would either like $ refunded or free passes and lift tickets. I would also like an apology. Thank you.
Mad River Mountain would like to thank the guest for their patronage and apologize for any confusion. During non-holiday Sundays we are happy to offer a special promotion during the "PM" session of 4pm-9:30pm during which a guest can purchase a lift ticket for only $30 and add a rental for an additional $10. Due to peak business levels during holiday periods, this promotion is blacked out on specific dates, all of which are outlined in the same areas referenced by the guest. Following is an excerpt from our website's Lift Tickets & Rentals page showing these stated blackout dates referring to the "Sunday Special" promotion:
WEEKEND & HOLIDAY* RATES
**Xtreme tickets cover both PM and Midnight Madness session hours. There is a one-hour break in lift service from 9:30pm-10:30p.
***Midnight Madness occurs every Friday & Saturday starting December 22nd through March 2, 2013.
Holiday Madness dates are 12/25-12/31/12; 1/18-1/20/13 & 2/15-17/13
****Not valid Holiday dates. December 26, 2012 - January 1, 2013. January 18-21, 2013, & February 15-18, 2013.
The "Sunday Special" is also mentioned on our website's Deals & Promotions page, which features the following text:
SUNDAY SPECIAL - $40 PM Lift & Rental or $30 PM Ticket
Starting January 6, 2013, the Sunday Special includes your PM session (4:00pm-9:30pm) lift ticket and either a ski or snowboard rental for only $40. Have your own equipment come on out for just $30! Not offered holidays including December 30, 2012, January 20, 2013 and February 17, 2013. Helmet not included in rental.
This information including blackout dates is also listed in our resort brochure.
During the guest's visit to our resort the complaint was brought to the attention of our Guest Services office and in an effort to appease them we did offer the guest the abiity to purchase their tickets at the group rate. Normally reserved only for groups of 15 or more, the group rate affords a discount of 15-20% off normal pricing depending on the item. The guest chose to accept this appeasement instead of cancelling their purchase, and was able to purchase their desired products at a savings of approximately 17%. Mad River feels that this was a generous and fair appeasement offer since the blackouts on the promotion in question had been made clear in all information sources.
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Complaint: I purchased a 5 ski lift ticket package last year. This pass itself says its valid from 2011-2012. I did not get to use my lift tickets last season and would like to use them this season. Mad River Refuses to let me use the lift tickets. I paid the money yet recieved no services. Technically the passes say 2011-2012, so I should be able to use the tickets atleast until 2012 is over.
Desired Settlement: I would like to be permitted to use the tickets until 2012 is over... Till January 1, 2013
Mad River Mountain is committed to serving its guests as best as possible and appreciates the customer’s patronage of its facilities.
As Mad River management is directly involved with any customer concerns there were communications with the disputer prior to the inclusion of the BBB in this matter. Unfortunately the product the customer purchased was a seasonal item, valid only during the 2011/2012 season. The package product included 5 ski lift tickets, providing the bearer five separate visits to the resort, or the option of redeeming multiple tickets during the same visit. Because it was a special discount item, the product was only available for purchase until December 15, 2011 and based on the season ending March 10, 2012, there were approximately 85 days available for redemption of the 5 tickets.
Because of the nature of their business, ski/snowboard resorts refer to winter seasons as opposed to calendar years. For example the winter season of 2011/2012 would encompass the December 2011 opening date through the March 2012 closing date. The opening date in December 2012 would then begin the 2012/2013 winter season. As is the norm with most ski areas, the dates listed on Mad River’s products refer to the winter season during which they are valid (2011/2012).
Though the product in question had expired and is not valid for extension, Mad River had hoped to appease the customer and offered to provide two complimentary snow tubing vouchers to be used during the 2012/2013 season, however the customer declined this offer. Mad River laments that their efforts in this situation were not accepted but will continue to strive for appeasement of customer issues as best as possible in future situations.
I bought the tickets last year to use during christmas break. The conditions were not good/safe, if they were open at all, I can't remember which it was. The whole season was not good, we just didn't have much snow and temperatures were high. I filed this complaint because I already paid for tickets but did not recieve services I paid for. All I ask is that I am allowed to use the tickets I already paid for this year. I would be willing to pay and excess charges if lift ticket prices have gone up this year.
Two tubing tickets are not comparable to the value of 5 lift tickets.