The price of full-day lift tickets at Utah’s ski resorts has skyrocketed in recent years and is now more than $100 a day! If you’re budget-minded, this price won’t fly even with 12″ of fresh powder on the slopes.
Instead of skipping the season altogether, try these frugal ways to get your powder fix. Cheap lift ticket deals also abound for newbies and those with little ones who want to shred the slopes. We will update this list with more offers when we see them!
1. Quad Wednesdays at Brighton. On December Wednesdays, Brighton offers discounted tickets on Wednesdays with donations to charities. This year’s tickets are $25 with a donation of clothing on December 13 or non-perishable food on December 20.
2. $25 Night Skiing at Brighton on Fridays. If a day job prevents you from taking advantage of weekday ski deals, head up to Brighton from 4-9 p.m. for $25 night skiing. Just bring your X-96 workers union cards to get the discount.
3. Two-for-one night skiing at Brighton. Visit Ken Garff West Valley to pick up a 2-for-1 night skiing voucher valid any day of the week. Night skiing begins December 14 and is open Mondays-Saturdays.
4. Cheap Skiing and Free Transportation with Ski City Super Pass.
Use your Ski City Super Pass at any of Ski City’s four resorts – Alta, Solitude, Brighton, or Snowbird – and bypass the ticket line, giving you faster access to the mountain and big discounts on lift tickets. Also, every Super Pass comes with FREE transportation to and from the resorts on UTA ski buses and TRAX light rail.
4. Deeply discounted tickets on Liftopia.com– Liftopia is a great source for advance purchase tickets, but not last minute decisions! Head to Liftopia.com and buy your tickets in advance for up to 90% off regular price. Liftopia sells discounted, date-specific lift tickets, rentals, and lessons to over 150 resorts in North America. You must pre-buy for the date you plan to ski, so purchase early if you are planning to go on a holiday.
5. Discounted tickets available at local ski shops, Costco, or REI. In Utah, you can score discounted lift tickets at Canyon Sports and AJ Motion Sports. REI and Costco members can also purchase discounted tickets in stores, but you will need to check with a local store to find out which resorts are available.
6. Santas ski FREE at Snowbird. Dress in a full Santa suit and head to Snowbird on Christmas Day, December 25, 2018. If you are one of the first 75 to arrive in a full costume in the morning, you will receive a FREE full-day lift ticket. Now that’s a jolly way to ring in the holidays!
7. New skiers can learn and earn season pass at Snowbasin. This is a great way to get introduced to the sport of skiing or snowboarding! First-time child or adult skiers or snowboarders can Learn and Earn a free season pass at Snowbasin. Just complete five two-hour beginner lessons for $295 (which include lift ticket and rentals) and receive a FREE season pass valid for the remainder of the season. Sold out for 2017-18.
8. Discounted tickets for new skiers during January’s Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month. January brings great beginner packages that include lift tickets, rentals, and lessons at a minimal cost for Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month where newbies can get interested in snowsports.
9. Stay and Ski Free. Book a room from Jan. 1 to 31, 2018, at one of 86 participating hotels in the Salt Lake area and snag a two free Salt Lake Super Passes, for each night you book. Then, take your pick of Salt Lake’s four famous resorts: Solitude, Snowbird, Brighton, and Alta.
10. Ski FreeAfter 3 at Alta. This program is no longer free, but you can ski Alta after 3:00 p.m. for just $10 a ticket on the Sunnyside Lift. The three base tows are free all day every day, which is a great place to teach newbie skiers.
11. 5th and 6th graders ski FREE with Ski Utah Passport. Fifth graders ski or ride three times FREE* at each of Utah’s 14 resorts with Ski Utah’s Fifth Grade Passport. The Sixth Grade Passport allows sixth graders to ski or ride one time FREE* at each resort. (*$35 processing fee)
13. Kids 6 and under ski FREE! Brighton, Eagle Point, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird, and Solitude allow kiddos under 6 to ski FREE with a paying adult. Sundance allows kids 5 and under the same deal.
14. Free Skiing/Boarding for Kids with Epic SchoolKids. The free Epic SchoolKids program gives Utah Kindergarteners through 5th graders five days of skiing and riding at Park City. No purchase necessary! It includes one free first-timer ski or ride lesson with equipment rental. Registration is closed for 2017-18 but mark your calendars to sign your kids up next year!
Photo courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort.
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