The leaves are starting to change, the air has turned markedly cooler and ski season is slowly creeping into the minds of many families. Unfortunately, skiing as a family of six (in my case), can cost a pretty penny, so I look for ways to save while maximizing the value I can receive from top resorts, like Keystone and Copper Mountain. Take a look at five easy ways to save this ski season:
1. Look for Package Deals. Copper Mountain in Colorado is offering a One. Two. Free! package, which includes free skiing for kids ages 12 and younger, as well as a third night of accommodations for free. Or, check out the Club Smugglers’ packages at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont, which lumps together lodging, lift tickets, snow tubing, even lessons in some cases, to save you up to 50% on your family ski vacation.
2. Embrace “Kids Ski Free.” Just as Copper Mountain is offering free skiing for kids at their individual resort, many states offer kids ski free programs for school age children in certain grades. For example, I Ski New York has a passport program that enables third and fourth grade students to ski for free (free lift tickets) at most resorts in the state. As a bonus, this is not limited to those who live in New York.
3. Go Online for Lift Tickets. I’ve long been a fan of Liftopia as a resource for saving on lift tickets at resorts across the country. In years past, you needed to lock in specific dates when you purchased lift tickets (you can still do so for the best rates), but now thanks to tiered pricing you can pay a little more to change your dates once or any number of times. The added flexibility can save you money by still being able to use lift tickets even if your travel dates change
4. Look for Multi-Resort Savings Programs. Some states and ski associations offer programs that enable skiers to save at multiple ski resorts. One to check out is the Colorado Gems Card program, which includes two-for-one lift tickets at eight Colorado Gems ski resorts. SkiNH also offers an Anywhere, Anytime Lift Ticket package for savings on lift tickets at resorts across the state.
5. Choose a Resort with Extra Free Activities. More ski resorts are offering a variety of family-friendly activities that extend well beyond skiing, and in many cases, are free. For example, Copper Mountain offers free snowshoe tours twice daily. Or, head to Keystone where a variety of popular Kidtopia activities are free, such as fort building, scavenger hunts and weekly children’s movies.
For even more ways to save on a family ski getaway, check out my post, Hit the Slopes: 7 Ways to Save When Skiing with Kids and learn why I think that Keystone is the best family ski destination.
Photo Credit: Mathias Kuntze