If you’re a snow-lover like me, it’s been a tough winter. Finally it seems like winter has arrived, and you may be thinking about hitting the slopes. Let’s face it, skiing can be an expensive activity for a family, but there’s no need to pay $80 for a lift ticket if you have some flexibility in your schedule and pay attention to deals and discounts. Keep in mind that kids 6 and under ski for free at most ski areas. Here’s my Top 10 list of deals for this winter. Okay, there’s actually 11 on my list, but who’s counting?
#11 - Price Chopper Ski Any 3 coupon books - $139 for 3 full day lift tickets (that’s $46.33 per lift ticket) good at Gore, Whiteface, Bromley, Mount Snow, Smuggler’s Notch, Mount Sunapee. There’s also a $109 coupon book ($36.33 each) for Pico, West Mountain, Plattekill, Windham, Jiminy and several other ski areas. These coupons are good Sundays through Friday, non-holiday.
#10 - Bromley Family Fridays – Adult lift tickets are $49 and kids are just $15 (up to 3 kids per adult), so Mom, Dad and 2 kids ski for $128. Offered all winter on non-holiday Fridays.
#9 - Gore and Whiteface Coca Cola Why Not Wednesdays - $38 lift ticket all winter on non-holiday Wednesdays. Bring a Coca Cola product to the ticket window.
#8 - Whiteface Super Sundays - $35 lift ticket on February 5, March 11, and April 1. See “Events Highlights” for more information.
#7 - Maple Ski Ridge - $20 lift ticket good from 3 to 9pm. Offered Tuesday through Friday (non-holiday) all winter long.
#6 - Mount Snow St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Friday 3/16/11- $17 lift ticket. I know that’s a day early, but for $17 who cares?
#5 - Oak Mountain 2-for-1 Fridays– 2 people ski all day for $34, or $17 per person, every Friday all season long.
#4 - Willard Mountain 2-for-1 Thursday nights, 4 to 9pm - 2 people ski for $30, or just $15.00 per person on non-holiday Thursday nights all winter.5
#3 - McCauley Mountain Crazy Fridays - $12 lift tickets on non-holiday Fridays, offered all winter.
#2 - West Mountain $17 Monday and Tuesday nights and 2-for-$20 Wednesday nights ($10 per person!), 4 to 9pm, all winter, non-holiday. Must present coupon (available on West Mountain’s website and Facebook page).
#1 - Mad River Glen $3.50 Roll-Back-the-Clock Day (1/31/12) and $14 Kiss-Your-Honey Valentine’s Day . Yes, lift tickets are really just $3.50 on January 31, making Mad River’s annual Roll-Back-the-Clock Day my #1 ski deal for 2012. Note that for the Valentine’s Day deal you MUST kiss at the ticket window – bonus!
All information is accurate at the time of publication, but be sure to check each ski area’s website for additional details.
Jeff Farbaniec is an avid skier and an Adirondack 46er who writes The Saratoga Skier & Hiker, a blog of his primarily Adirondack outdoor adventures. Jeff lives in Wilton with his wife Beth Gelber and their two young children.