How To Save Money On Your Next Ski Vacation

Let’s face it, a ski vacation can be quite expensive. Although costs vary widely based on type of travel to the resort, preferred lodging, gear rentals and dining options, the typical week-long family ski trip to a well-known Colorado resort could cost somewhere in the range of $10,000, according to Out There Colorado. However, the following ski resorts and hotels are offering ways to hold down costs while at the same time providing a ski vacation that checks all of your boxes.

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Aspen Snowmass entails four ski mountains: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Viewline Resort Snowmass, Autograph Collection, which is reopening in December following a transformational renovation is a premier ski-in/ski-out resort offering special rates via their Stay Longer, Save More Offer. Other ways to save include:

* Through First Tracks guests are able to hit the slopes early on both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass for free.

* Check out some special offers such as discounted packages that include $75 lift tickets in celebration of the 75th anniversary this winter.

* If you have your own Nordic/cross country gear visitors are welcome to use the over 60 miles of maintained cross country trails for free.

Tamarack Resort, Tamarack, Idaho

After investing more than $40 million in enhancements throughout the resort, Tamarack is primed for a super ski season. The resort will be offering a deeply discounted Midweek Ski & Stay package that will get families 50% off lift tickets, as well as discounted room rates at the resort. Another way to save at Tamarack is to purchase an Express Card which offers Direct to Lift access and daily discount of 26% off the window rate. Tamarack is also a part of the Indy Pass. “We’re proud to continue making the resort more accessible, from the way our guests interact with and enjoy this special part of Idaho to how our SKY Pass benefits local students,” notes Tamarack President Scott Turlington.

Vail Ski Resorts, US, Canada and Australia

With 37 ski resorts throughout the US, Canada and Australia, Vail is one of the major players in the billion dollar ski industry. Vail has reset Epic Pass pricing and reduced pass prices by 20%. Other savings include:

* Northeast Value Pass – Provides access to all Vail Resorts in the northeast from Ohio to Pennsylvania up through Vermont and New Hampshire.

* Epic Local Pass – Includes resorts on the Northeast Value Pass plus many resorts in the Rockies and out West.

* Military Pass: The military pass is currently $157 for active and retired military and their dependents.

* College Pass: A variety of college passes are available for students.

* Epic Day Pass: People can buy a pass that’s good from one through seven days at any Vail resort.

Sunday River, Newry, Maine

With its eights interconnected peaks and 53 miles of trails, Sunday River is a mountain that should be on everyone’s “must ski” list. Through the new Stay & Save Discount, anyone who books lodging at the Grand Summit Hotel, Jordan Hotel or the Snow Cap Inn is eligible for 10% off lift tickets for two days or more during their stay. Unlike many other major ski resorts, Sunday River offers rates for twilight skiing. Most of the beginner and intermediate terrain on South Ridge and North Peak features lights, and tickets are available for Fridays and Saturdays from 3 – 6:30 p.m. The Easy Change policy for lift tickets has been revamped. If you can’t make it for the date that you booked originally online, you can submit a request up to 48-hours in advance to receive a credit. You can then apply this credit to another online ticket purchase within the same ski season. This allows guests to take advantage of those low rates when they book early, but also offers flexibility if your plans change.

Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada

Canada’s second largest ski resort, Sun Peaks is spread across three distinct peaks, each easily accessible from the village. For winter enthusiasts, passionate skiers and even first-timers, Sun Peaks provides the perfect mix of ski terrain, winter activities and amenities. The Mountain Collective Pass provides access to 46 days of skiing at 23 world renowned ski destinations plus 50% off all additional days at each resort. Buy online in advance at Sun Peaks and save up to 40%. There may be a limited amount of tickets available for sale each day, and window ticket sales may not be available. Ski and stay mid-week with deals on rooms starting from $129 per night at the Sun Peaks Lodge, located in the center of the village, just steps away from the chairlift and village restaurants.

Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana

Located midway between Bozeman and West Yellowstone, Montana, Big Sky shares the same splendor as Yellowstone National Park. With 4,350 vertical feet of skiing spread across 5,850 acres of skiable terrain, Big Sky is about as big as it gets in the States. Currently packages and promotions include the December to Remember Sale. Keep your holiday vacation going with a fourth and fifth night free in selected hotels and vacation rentals this January. Additional savings include guaranteed access to purchase lift tickets at 10% off when you book your lodging through Big Sky Central Reservations and 10% off on Big Sky Sports Rentals and Demos when you show your lodging confirmation letter at pickup.

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, Nationwide

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has bundled-up special deals for a vacation adventure this winter. Those yearning to hit the slopes, lace up skates or get cozy by the fireplace will find great wintertime offers – up to 40% off – in this year’s Ski Getaways promotion. The special promotion features travel perks to some of the country’s most desirable mountain regions in Vermont, Colorado, California, Utah and Wyoming. Nestled between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, with five nearby ski resorts, the area surrounding The Essex Resort & Spa, Vermont, is a playground for adventurers. From Nov. 30, 2021 through March 31, 2022, travelers can snag up to 20% savings on premium accommodations, plus an additional 20% off weekday spa services. Savings of up to 20% are available at YotelPAD Park City for studio and one-bedroom accommodations when booked for three or more nights.