Discounted Lift Tickets at Ski Resorts
The exception to my fantastic rule (just guessing that cheesy infomercial school would tell me to use an adjective to describe my rule) is if you’ve done your research ahead of time and you are going to the mountain on a special discount day. Here are some examples:
On non-holiday Tuesdays and Thursdays, Burke Mountain in Vermont offers a discounted rate of $25 for a full day ticket to guests 55 years and older. I am not 55, so this is not a great offer for me, but it gives me a chance to remind you to read the fine print with these discounts. Sometimes there are restrictions for these specials, like an age requirement. I’ll remind you again later, since this advice is important.
Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont, is offering a special deal on April Fools’ Day. If you donate three non-perishable food items on April 1, 2011, your lift ticket costs $10. Donations collected will be distributed to Black River Good Neighbors’ food bank in Ludlow.
Head to Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2011, and pay $39 to for a one-day lift ticket.
Or check out Ski NH’s deal page where every resort in New Hampshire lists their best day ticket discounts: http://www.skinh.com/lift-ticket-deals/index.cfm
Oh, but you wanted to ski in Vermont? That’s okay, here is the place to go for Vermont deals: http://www.skivermont.com/events-and-deals/deals
And, Maine: http://skimaine.com/deals.php#skiareaoffers
But, don’t just take my word for it, start searching for yourself.
Other Things to Note
If you are planning a multi-day trip to the mountain, you can also save by doing your homework. Many resorts offer package deals that include lodging and lifts tickets, or ski lessons and lift tickets.