Ski season is in full swing and whether you’re spending an afternoon at the mountain or a week covering the slopes, the pricey cost of lift tickets adds up. If you are strategic with your purchases, there are savings to be had. We’re sharing tips from local mountains to help you score the best deals before you jump on the chair lift. Here's the inside scoop on snagging those deals.
With 2,600 acres of skiable terrain, Crystal Mountain is Washington’s largest winter resort and worth a visit this season. Purchase your tickets to Crystal Mountain online at least three days in advance of your visit and you’ll receive up to 30% off. If you’re planning to hit Crystal Mountain a handful of times this season, act fast and purchase their special 5-packs (up to $30 savings per ticket), only available through January 31st. The 5-packs can be used by one person on 5 separate days or by multiple people on one day and are valid any day of the season. And for large groups of 15 or more, check out the special group deals available Monday through Thursday.
When it comes to Mt. Bachelor, always visit online before you visit the slopes. Lift tickets are $10 less when purchased online as compared with purchasing your tickets at the mountain (and you’ll likely spend less time waiting in line). The more consecutive days you purchase for, the better the deal; if you can swing a 6 day ski trip, that’s your best bet (6 of 8 consecutive days costs $365). Mt Bachelor is a great place to get your kids into skiing, children under 5 ski for free.
For Stevens Pass visitors looking to save, you’ll want to plan in advance and purchase your tickets at least 7 days prior to your trip for the lowest price guaranteed. Plus, the more days you buy for, the more you save. If you have a great time at Stevens Pass this year, think about purchasing a pass product for next year's ski season. For the most access to a huge network of mountains, check out Epic Pass. Passes are available starting in the spring (the earlier you buy, the lower the price) and gives you access to unlimited skiing and riding at 18 resorts (including Stevens Pass) and access to skiing at 65 resorts around the world.
Before you click “purchase” for any mountain, check out Liftopia, the discount lift ticket site that covers mountains nationwide. Expect a good selection across Washington and Oregon, including Mt. Spokane, Mission Ridge, Anthony Lakes and The Summit at Snoqualmie, among others. If you’re lucky, you might score discounts up to 64% off the walk-up window rates, though average savings through Liftopia are still strong at 24%. The further out you purchase, the better the deal you can expect. If possible, aim to buy tickets 14 days in advance, but even seven days out or less will still score you a solid percent off prices at the mountain. Flexible travelers will find the best lift ticket values with off-peak days and times (think mid-week and non-holidays). And if you’re not a football fan, Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to hit the slopes with fewer crowds, lots of untracked snow and mountains offering great lift ticket deals to entice people to get outside.