5 Ways to Save on Ski & Snowboard Lift Tickets
The cost of lift tickets at ski resorts seems to go up every year. We just got back from a road trip to Lake Tahoe to scope out some hotel deals, and my first reaction was how breathtaking Lake Tahoe is in the snow. The second thought was how fast fees add up unless you plan ahead.
The good news is you can usually find savvy deals and discounts to help you save before you go. The best deals are usually available early in the season or very late. Savvy skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of several promotions, including better than half off discounts online via Liftopia, a few good ski rental deals available via Viator, and the annual Shell Gas Lift Ticket deal that starts in January, to name two of my favorites (more below).
Here are five savvy suggestions for scooping up cheap lift tickets so you can enjoy a stellar ski season with tons of savings.
- Get big discounts via online sources. When you order your lift tickets in advance via online services like Liftopia, you can save up to 90 percent off the regular price, depending on when you plan to go. Plus your lift tickets will be waiting for you at the ski resort (just like will call), so you can get tickets and get to the slopes faster. You’ll need to choose your ski dates and book any ski lessons or equipment rentals for specific times in advance. The best part about their service is they work with more than 150 ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada.
- Take advantage of the Shell Gas Ski Free promotion. Check back soon for updated info on this year’s Shell Free Lift Ticket deals. Here’s what they offered last year (and this year will most likely be similar): Pump 10 gallons of fuel at participating Shell stations and get a SKI FREE voucher redeemable for one free lift ticket with purchase of one full price adult lift ticket at participating resorts (in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Michigan) from January through April, or until resort closes for season or otherwise noted. One voucher per fuel purchase. More info and fine print on skifreedeals.com.
- Look for lift ticket offers at local stores. Discount ski lift tickets are available every year at local ski shops, Costco, and REI stores (lifetime membership is around $20 at REI online.)
- Check out the January deals for new skiers. January is “Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month.” This national program makes special discount available to beginners at many ski resorts in the United States. Check with the resorts for details and updates. Another promo called Winter Trails offers newbies a chance to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing for free any day during the month of January.
- Sign up for “Kids Ski Free” programs. Many resorts offer free lift tickets for kids under 5 or 6 when you purchase an adult lift ticket. Fewer ski resorts offer free skiing for older children, but those that do sometimes offer freebies and deals on lessons and hotel stays as well. Check with the resort in advance to see what’s available.