If there’s a deal that makes skiing in a forest cheaper, but no one hears about it, does it still exist? Photo courtesy of Aspen
Although season passes like Vail’s Epic Pass , which provides unlimited access to 11 resorts for the whole winter for the early bird price of $729, are screaming deals, daily lift tickets are more expensive than they’ve ever been. And God forbid that you don’t buy in advance because there’s a good chance you’ll be knee deep in three digit (a.k.a. $100+) pricing . But ski deals are out there if you know where to look.
Liftopia’s got the most comprehensive lift-ticket deal list around. Check out the offers in Colorado , California , Utah , and even up in British Columbia and back East , where the snow is wicked plentiful thanks to the recent blizzard .
Thanks to the late kick-off, New Englanders can save some cash and get a full day in with fellow Deflategate apologists. Mt. Snow even has a ticket just for football fans: an 8 a.m. to noon, I Love Football Sunday Morning Ticket . Folks in the PNW can shred with fellow Seahawks fans. And Coloradans can talk about better times (a.k.a. when Broncos players had to play football on Super Bowl Sunday) while they ride the chair.
Like most deals, you’ll want to buy in advance to get in on most of these.
Because the only thing better than getting deep turns, is deep turns *and* a deep discount. Photo courtesy of Aspen
One of the best deals on the planet? Grand Targhee’ s 1-2-3 Start Me Up program. This package offers three two-hour lessons, including lift tickets and rentals, for less than $300. Upon completing the program, participants are given a free season pass good for the rest of the season, a $1,000 value if bought after November 30 .
A four-letter word everyone loves? F-R-E-E. That’s the price of kids (12 years old and under) lift tickets at California’s June Mountain all season long. Unlike other “free” deals, there are no strings attached to this deal. Photo courtesy of June Mountain
And if you’ve got kids , Mammoth sister resort June Mountain is a no-brainer because lift tickets for children under 12 are free , no strings attached, no purchase necessary. We know from experience that June’s ski school is also great and it’s common for group lessons to have less than five students. Sometimes, they’re one-on-one.
Start ’em young! Photo courtesy of Dave Belin for Liftopia
In Tahoe, Boreal’s Take 3, Ride FREE package gives graduates something better than a diploma: complete the Take3 package of three lessons and upon completion you’ll get a season pass for the remainder of the winter.
Fresh snow, fresh deals. Photo courtesy of Aspen