There are many ways you can get Free lift tickets or get the best prices to save money so you spend it on your gear.
Go to one of the pre-season consumer ski and snowboard shows such as the Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show. There you will find lift ticket vouchers given as well as great deals on gear and clothing at the swap.
Go on a group trip with a ski and snowboard club. You will not get a better deal than the group rates. And when you go with a club all the organizing is done for you. In the Midwest you can find a CMSC member club where you will find great deals on trips and meet many great people to go out on the slopes with.
Put together your own group to get group rates and Free lift tickets. Most areas have a minimum of 15-20 to be eligible for the group rate, and you get a free lift ticket when 15-25 or more tickets are purchased.
Depending on the resort to qualify for discounted group lift tickets you will need:
• A ski group of 15 – 20 or more
• A single form of payment (cash or credit card)
• 10 – 14 day advance purchase and Same start date for all group members
• For every 15 – 25 tickets purchased, your group will receive one FREE lift ticket
• Lift tickets can be sent to your group leader or picked up when you arrive at the resort ticket window.
Ski Patrol: Volunteer at your local area for ski patrol and you will get free lift tickets to the area you patrol at. You will also get discounts at many other areas. Go to the main ticket office and show your Ski Patrol ID card to get your discount.
Work part time at a ski area as an instructor, ticket counter, rental desk, and get free lift passes for the area you work at.
Season Passes: Many know about the EPIC pass deal. The EPIC pass ranges from $729 to $979 depending on the areas and restrictions chosen. Save even more when you buy during the summer months.
Wilmot Mountain is on the Epic pass.
At Mount Bohemia MI you can get a season pass during their one day only sale on Dec. 3rd for $99.00 – regularly $340. So if you ski at $50 per lift ticket you break even at 2 days or 7 days of skiing at the regular rate.
Early Season Deals: Get on the email list for your local area to get notification of special events and lift ticket deals. For example, from opening day to December 16th you can get a lift ticket for only $15.00 at Chestnut Mountain in Galena IL. Chestnut also has Two-fer-Tuesdays.
Many areas offer military discounts. Be sure to bring your ID to get the discount.
Senior discounts: The age for senior rates has been creeping up since many older skiers are sticking with the sport, usually 70 and up.
Kids Ski Free: Many resorts have free lift tickets for kids 5 and under. When you arrange a ski package including lodging with the resorts central reservations, kids under 12 ski free.
You can save on lift ticket prices by getting any of of the various ski passes now available. The earlier you order yours the best price you get. You can order your Epic pass as early as April for the following season.If you are in the upper Midwest try the Ski Wisconsin coupon book that covers 17 Wisconsin resorts. The coupon books are available each fall and do get sold out. So don’t wait. The coupon books were $159 for the 2019-2020 season and include a one day ticket to each resort. In the past the area’s included: the following areas; Alpine Valley, Cascade Mountain, Christie Mountain, Grand Geneva, Highlands of Olympia, Mt La Crosse, Sunburst, Trollhaugen, Tyrol Basin and Wilmot Mountain.
You can ski or board many Michigan areas all winter long. The 2019 – 2020 pass covered 25 areas from $450 to $600. See the Ski Michigan website for details as they may change from season to season. In the past area’s included are: Apple Mountain, Big Powderhorn Mountain, Blackjack Ski Resort, Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, Cannonsburg Ski Area, Cross Country Ski HQ, Crystal Mountain Resort, Indianhead Mountain Resort, Marquette Mountain, Mont Ripley, Mt. Holly, Norway Mountain, Pine Knob Ski Resort, Pine Mountain, Shanty Creek Resort, Ski Brule, Snow Snake Mountain, Swiss Valley Ski/Snowboard and Treetops Resort.
See the Ski Michigan site for locations and restrictions to the pass use.
Some areas have not yet set or published their new programs so keep posted or sign up for our blogs RSS feed for further updates. Hopefully we will have much more snow than last season.
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