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How to Get a Great Deal on Lift Tickets

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Lift tickets are generally the last item people think about when planning to ski a new resort. Granted, there are a lot of other expenses and planning involved when embarking on a ski adventure. Mountain shuttles, local transportation, lodging, and food are other priorities that cause guests to overlook this major skiing necessity. Because of this, skiers and riders are usually subject to the ticket window price which tends to be the highest possible price one can pay for a lift ticket. Guests scream and shout at the ticket attendant for the steep prices, but when it’s all said and done, there is little one can do to avoid the price at the ski resorts ticket window. It’s the last point of sale for tickets and it is hard to turn away and say ‘no’ when you are all dressed up and itching to go skiing. It’s not like a Starbucks coffee or an overpriced jacket that you can price match with the local coffee shop or outlet store down the street.

For these reasons, it’s always a good idea to think ahead of time about purchasing your lift ticket at Breckenridge or one of the many other resorts in Colorado. Here are a couple tricks of the trade that will help you better plan your next ski trip and possible get a bargain on your lift tickets:winter10_passgraphic

  • Season Pass – Planning to ski or snowboard more than 7 days this season? If so, you would be crazy to pay full price for lift tickets every time you visited the ski resort of your choice. Look into your favorite ski resorts season pass deals for the best option for you. With more and more partnerships and large ski conglomerates taking over multiple mountains, you can most likely find a pass that allows customers to ski on multiple different mountains for the price of one ski pass.
  • Multi-Day Passes – So you’ve done the math and it isn’t going to be cost beneficial to purchase a season pass for you and your family just for your one ski trip of the season. Well, you’re most likely still in luck. Ask about buying 3 or 4 day passes and watch the savings build up. It will still be a bit pricy off the bat, but once you add up what you would pay per day, it will make a lot more sense.
  • Price Match – Some resorts are dedicated to be your one-stop-shop for everything, even if you find it cheaper elsewhere. Many partners and or local grocery stores offer cheaper rates on lift tickets than the mountain ticket window does. Simply let the mountain know of your find and most will match the price of your discovery.
  • Discounts – Check to see if the usual discounts apply for the mountain you will be visiting this winter. Senior rates, student rates, and group rates are usually all accepted at most major ski resorts.