The price of full-day Utah ski lift tickets has skyrocketed in recent years and is now topping out at over $100 a day! If you’re budget-minded like me, 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 Utah ski lift ticket at a bargain price. Deals also abound for newbies and those with little ones who want to learn 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 $25 lift tickets on Wednesdays with donations to charities.
2. 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.
3. Discounted tickets available at local ski shops, Costco, or REI. In Utah, you can score discounted lift tickets at Canyon Sports, AJ Motion Sports, REI, and Costco. Check with a local store to find out which resorts are available.
4. Santas ski FREE at Brighton and Snowbird. Dress in a full Santa suit and head to Brighton or Snowbird on Christmas Day. If you are one of the first 50 to arrive at Snowbird or first 200 at Brighton in the morning, you will receive a FREE full-day Utah ski lift ticket. Now that’s a jolly way to ring in the holidays! Note: Must have full Santa suit, beard, and hat to qualify.
5. 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 to ride while earning a free season pass at Snowbasin. Includes three lessons, three lift tickets, and season gear rentals for $499 and a FREE season pass valid for the remainder of the season.
6. Cheap lessons and lift tickets January’s Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month. Not all 2019 program details are available, but Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month brings steep discounts for beginners that include Utah ski lift tickets, rentals, and lessons at a minimal cost.
7. Ski @ 3 at Alta. This program is no longer free, but you can ski Alta from 3:00-4:30 p.m. for just $10 a ticket on the Sunnyside lift, or $49 for the season. Ski @ 3 is a great way for kids to get skiing in without committing to a full-day ticket, or perfect for teaching newbies. The 3 base area tow ropes (Grizzly tow, Transfer tow, and Alta Lodge tow) are free all day, every day.
9. Kids Ski FREE! Brian Head, Brighton, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Powder Mountain, Snowbird, and Solitude allow kiddos of varying ages to ski FREE with a paying adult. Sundance allows kids 5 and under the same deal.
10. Kids 10 and under ski FREE at Brighton. That’s rights, kids 10 and under always ski free at Brighton with paying adult.
11. Kids get five free days at Park City. Kids kindergarten through 5th grade can get five free days of free skiing thanks to Vail’s new Epic SchoolKids initiative. Enrollment is closed for 2018/19, but it’s wise to mark your calendar now to sign up for next season.
Photo courtesy of Park City.
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