Where to Find Discounted Lift Tickets
It’s the number one non-lodging question we are asked by our Natural Retreats guests during ski season. With the soaring costs, it’s no wonder everyone wants to know if there is a good deal to be found. If you are planning a ski trip this winter, here are some tips on finding discounted lift tickets:
Daily Lift Tickets:
Some local retail shops offer discounted daily lift tickets. Search online to find area-specific deals.
The days when Vail allowed third-party vendors to sell lift tickets are long gone. They formerly could be purchased at grocery stores or the local ski shop at a discounted price. Vail Resorts no longer allows other businesses to sell on their behalf. They want you to purchase from their own individual resort websites.
Vail guarantees that lower prices cannot be found anywhere other than on their website. For the absolute best online prices, tickets must be purchased 7 days in advance.
Buy in bulk
If you do not purchase a season pass and plan to ski just a few days, buy a 3-day-pack, 4-day-pack, or even up to 14-pack for cost savings off the daily rate.
Some resorts offer tiered pricing that varies according to dates and conditions. On an early- or late-season day when not all lifts and/or runs are open, prices can be 30% or more lower than during the holidays or regular season; however, these must be purchased online in advance to get such big savings.
Buddy Passes/Ski With a Friend
If you’ve got a buddy who has a season pass, see if he/she can set you up with a Buddy Pass or ski with a friend ticket. These are both discounted daily lift tickets. The discount varies according to time of season. Call the lift ticket office directly for pricing and know that your buddy must be with you to purchase a buddy or friend pass.
Alternative, Less Costly Tickets:
Keep in mind, you will not see it advertised at the ticket window or even online, but you do not have to pay for the entire day! Half-day and late-day tickets are for sale at significantly lower prices, again in tiers depending on the time of season.
With half-day or late-day tickets, you won’t be getting first tracks, but often you will find that you’ll miss the lunch crowd at noon, or have the slopes to yourself near closing time when those who started early have tried out and called it quits for the day. If you go half day or late when the snow is falling all day, you’ll still find fresh tracks and soft snow.
If you plan to ski more than 8 days this winter, a season pass may offer a cost savings versus individual lift tickets. Do the math and determine if having the flexibility of a season pass makes sense for your situation.
Other Discount Options:
Many resorts offer deep discounts on regular season rates for active military personnel.
In addition, Liftopia sells discounted, date-specific lift tickets, rentals and lessons to more than 150 resorts in North America. You must buy in advance for the date you plan to ski, so purchase early if you are planning to go over a holiday.
Kids Ski Free:
There are several U.S. ski resorts that offer free lift tickets for kids in elementary school. Alternatively, many mountains offer discounted lift tickets for kids up to 12 years old. Search the resort website for kids’ ski programs prior to your trip to find out how to take advantage of these programs.
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