10 Ways to Get a Cheap Ski Ticket

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There’s no way around the fact that skiing is an expensive sport. Before you head to the slope, you need to rent or buy ski equipment, and get ski clothes, a helmet and a warm pair of gloves. You’ve also got to get to the mountain if you’re planning a ski vacation.

One good way you can save money on is your lift tickets. There are ways to score a discount lift ticket and save significantly off the lift ticket window rate at the ski resort.

If you shop around and shop online, you’ll be able to get a discounted ski ticket for much less than full price.

If you’re flexible, you can get a ticket for 50% - 70% off from a discount lift ticket website. Ski resorts also offer discounted prices, some up to 35% or more off. Here’s how to get a cheap lift ticket.

10 Ways to Get a Cheap Ski Ticket

Buy Direct. One of the best ways to get a discount lift ticket is on the ski resort’s website. Check the “Tickets” section of the website to view current offerings.  You can buy online, print out your ticket confirmation and pick up your ticket at the resort. Even better, at many resorts you can skip the line and pick up your pre-purchased ticket at an express lane.

Visit a Discount Lift Ticket Website. There are websites that offer discounted lift tickets. You may also be able to purchase lodging and rental equipment at bargain prices. Some advertise ski deals for up to 70% off.

Shop around and compare prices at sites like GetSkiTickets.com, Skicoupons.com and Liftopia before you buy. You will receive an email confirmation you can print out to use to pick up your lift ticket at the window.

Buy a Multi-Day Pass. Many ski resorts offer multi-day tickets at a discount price.  For example, at Park City Mountain Resort you can purchase tickets for multiple days ranging from 2 of 7 days to 7 of 10 days.

Buy in Advance. You’ll be able to save if you buy your ticket in advance.  Plan ahead and you’ll be able to take advantage of advance purchase prices. That will be a much better deal than buying a same day ticket at the walk-up window.

Get a Package. If you need to rent gear, get a ski lesson or book lodging, check on packages that include what you need plus a lift ticket. Most ski resorts offer all-inclusive or mix-and-match packages at a discount.

Go Off-Peak and Midweek. Weekends and holidays are always the most expensive times to ski. If you can ski mid-week and non-peak times, you’ll be able to get a bigger bargain.

Check on Special Discounts. Most resorts offer discounts for skiers based on age and other factors. For example, Alta offers family, college, military, spouse and senior discounts.

Be Flexible. Many small and mid-sized ski resorts offer lift tickets at bargain prices. If you want to ski at a major resort, prices can be higher than a $100 a day for a lift ticket.  In most cases, the smaller the mountain, the lower the price.

Consider a Season Pass. Even if you’re not skiing all season, a season pass could pay for itself. Vail’s Epic Pass, for example, costs the same as a few days of standalone lift tickets and can be used at all of the Vail resorts in the U.S. and abroad.

Ski With a Friend. If you have a friend with a season pass, they may have received guest tickets with their pass. If you ask nicely, maybe they’ll let you use one.

Check Before You Buy

Even though there are lots of good deals out there, check the fine print before you buy. Many online ski ticket purchases aren’t refundable or transferable. There are also limitations on when they can be used. Be sure you can make it to the mountain before you buy.

Bring Your ID

When you purchase a ski ticket online, you’ll need to show your ID to pick it up. The resort will verify your identity and eligibility for the pass prior to issuing it.

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