Both Summit and Eagle County are home to some amazing world class ski areas such as Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone. However, world class skiing doesn’t come cheap. Take a look at these 5 tips to save money at a ski resort!
- Snag discount lift tickets, or purchase a season pass. If you are skiing more than 5 days it may benefit you to purchase a season pass. However, season passes only have a short selling period. If you have missed the chance to purchase a season pass, purchase discount tickets through various websites, such as Liftopia, are a great way to save some money.
- Bring your own water bottle. This is a great tip for any occasion but especially when you are skiing at a high elevation! It is easy to get dehydrated in the mountains, but who has time or the money to continuously stop and buy overpriced bottles of water? To avoid spending money, bring a camelback or a flask filled with water. That way you have water when you need it and can fill it up for free at the lodge!
- Come prepared with the necessary gear. On mountain stores are notorious for outrageous markups on commonly forgotten or needed gear. By making sure you have your own goggles, helmets, gloves, hats, and hand warmers, you can save money and avoid having to purchase them at the mountain.
- Travel mid-week. Not only are the mountains less crowded, but also allow for more affordable lodging options. Many hotels have mid-week specials and more availability in the middle of the week.
- Rent equipment off the mountain. While yes, it is very convenient to rent ski gear at the mountain, but is generally also the more costly option. Try renting equipment from a store that is not mountain owned and operated. Typically they have more affordable options like at Christy Sports in both Summit and Eagle County.
- BONUS TIP: Ride with Peak 1 Express instead of renting a car, paying for gas and parking. Not only will you avoid the stress of driving on snow-covered and icy roads, you will also find affordable prices. Try our discount shuttles for the most savings!
Ski vacations are not cheap. However, with a few tricks you can save money and still have a great experience.