We all know how hard it can be to buy lift tickets over and over again. It adds up quick. We have listed out some of the best ways we know how to save money on lift tickets. Of course, the best way would be to get a season pass at the end of the season but if you want to jump around from mountain to mountain and you are on a time / money strain, these are some great tactics as well.
One of the best ways to save some money is to go to your local ski or snowboard shop and ask them if they sell any discounted tickets. Shops build relationships with these mountains and work out deals where you can save a couple bucks per pass by buying at their location. Just be careful that you look out for time restrictions on each ticket (midweek vs holiday and weekends)
Liftopia has become the largest online resource for discounted lift tickets. They utilize an intricate platform of analytic tools to help the mountains using their services to stay on target with their financial goals and in return allows you to save some dough. The best part about this service is that the average transaction at Liftopia saves riders over 30%.
The only draw back to Liftopia is that you have to pick a specific day that you want to ride. This isn't such a big deal unless you are planning weeks in advance. However, if you are sure that you want to go out on a certain day or week, this is one of the best options for you and the resort. Liftopia is the future of resort purchases.
Check out this interview from a few years back from the creators of Liftopia. This video does gets a little dry with some entrepreneurial business mumbo-jumbo but it's interesting if you are into that kind of stuff. We would have tried to get an interview with them ourselves but this video answered all our questions at the time.
A smaller company than Liftopia with the same concept in mind, GetSkiTickets.com is all about saving you money. Only question is, do they have a mountain you want to go to? Their selection isn't as good as some others but they do provide some great discounts.
Their focus is mostly North America and Canada and they have discounts from Vermont to New Mexico and tons of places in between. I would say most residence of the United States will probably find a spot worth driving to on GetSkiTickets.com
They also provide a Group Lift Tickets which is great for Mom and Dad who don't have time to spend figuring out group deals. Give them a look, it might save you some cash and get you out there more often!
Yes...we know it's ski club but some of them do allow snowboarders and they usually do a great job of organizing transportation and discounted tickets at a group rate. They also are a great way to meet people who share the same interest; FUN. Take some time to google ski clubs in your area and see what kind of program they provide. It doesn't hurt to ask.