There are different ways to find discount lift tickets online and locally. Buying tickets at the ski resort’s ticket window should be a last option if you are trying to save money on lift ticket deals. Some of the methods are well-known and others are not, or the locations are not as obvious. Knowing all the possible places to save on the price of admission to ski and snowboard resorts is beneficial to those on a budget.
An obvious place to search for discount lift tickets is on the resort’s site itself. The Vail Group has online only deals that can save around $10 a ticket versus buying at the ticket window. These are sometimes available only during the early and late seasons, but depending on attendance and snow fall, these types of cyber deals will vary in availability. Some places will also offer buy on get one free vouchers or discount coupons that can be printed out to be redeemed when you buy your tickets in person.
On the subject of websites, there are a few places like Liftopia, REI, and Sports Basement to name a few outdoors shops that sell tickets to different snow resorts around the country. REI has a great online system that updates availability of the tickets and vouchers filtered by the location that you’d like to go and purchase them from. Often times, the local store will carry tickets to the nearby resorts. Therefore, you may have to fly into town and then go to the physical location in that city to get the discount. This is the same situation with Sports Basement.
Costco is another place where multi-day tickets can be obtained to local ski resorts. You can also buy online, but the resorts are limited, although they are the big name and popular destinations like those in Colorado and Tahoe. Calling ahead to verify that the tickets are in stock and the price is recommended. Popular discount lift tickets to places like Mammoth Mountain, Heavenly and Breckenridge often sellout, so buy early and you’ll be rewarded with a nice low daily price versus buying retail.
Other ways include redeeming your credit cards points of airline miles depending on the program you’re enrolled in. American Express offers these types of deals to trade reward points to lift tickets. For some areas, a site called Funjet can be of great service. They are a travel site that offers travel, flight and activity deals. If you sort by activities only and enter the town you’re visiting, you’ll find some surprisingly good lift ticket packages.
Of course there is Craigslist and eBay to find private sales by owner for vouchers, coupons, gift certificates, buy on get on free (bogo) tickets as well as multi-day and single day passes. You may even find season passes for sale. Knowing th proper keywords to filter out wanted and looking to buy ads in Craigslist is crucial. Also, use all the types of legal tender terms and offer words in your searches because often times they’ll be offering to sell some paper to trade for tickets.
Lastly, there are local super markets and convenient stores that will have exclusive deals for their patrons like Safeway, Albertsons, City Market and King Soopers. If you can’t find discount lift tickets with any of these ways, turn to ski and snow forums and search until to you find some.