This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
The worst possible deal on lift tickets is the one you’re going to get strolling up to the ticket window minutes before first chair. Don’t be that mountain newbie. Instead, do five minutes of research with your ski dates in mind and save big bucks on your next winter adventure.
I’m not going to bury the lede here. If you haven’t heard of Liftopia, it’s going to blow your powder-lovin’ mind. This is the No. 1 best way to score discounts on the lift line. Most US mountains and many mountains all across the world (Austria, Chile, Japan) participate in Liftopia deals. Of course, the earlier you know your ski dates the more you save, as the best rates sell out — and multiple-day lift tickets often result in deeper discounts. Can’t decide where to ski on your next Utah getaway? Use Liftopia as the tiebreaker. Oh look! You can get 36% off tickets at Snowbird versus 9% at Alta. Done and done.
Many ski shops and major chains offer ticket discounts. Ski Barn on the East Coast rents gear for the season with a nice little coupon book full of Northeast mountains as a bonus, and REI.com and Costco also have a great selection of discounted tickets. (At REI you can get 26% off that Snowbird ticket and an awesome 31% off an any-day lift ticket at Killington.)
Kids Ski Free
The ski resorts know the only sure way to get the next generation of skiers addicted is to make it affordable for their parents to take them in the first place. As a result, many mountains (and entire states) commit to generous free-ski and rental packages. Keystone in Colorado lets kids under 12 ski free all day, every day, as do most of the major resorts in New York for beginners and third and fourth graders (up to three lift tickets). In New Hampshire, fourth and fifth graders get a free ski deal, and in Utah it’s fifth and sixth graders. The list of free kid skiing goes on and on.
Like most other things in life, if you plan ahead — even just slightly ahead — you’ll save. Even the resort sites themselves favor a little advanced planning. A recent search surfaced 50% off at Whiteface, a solid $20 off an adult ticket for a February date at Park City and $35 off the same date at Vail.
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards