Basch: Plan ahead to save on slopes this season

  • Many ski areas like Pats Peak in Henniker offer special discounts throughout the season. Their Pay One Price deal starts Dec. 29 and includes skiing, riding, tubing, rentals, tips and entertainment on Saturday nights. Courtesy of Pats Peak

  • Many ski areas like Pats Peak in Henniker offer special discounts throughout the season. Their Pay One Price deal starts Dec. 29 and includes skiing, riding, tubing, rentals, tips and entertainment on Saturday nights. Courtesy of Pats Peak

For the Monitor
Published: 12/2/2018 9:31:34 PM

There are so many ways to save on lift tickets at ski areas. Buying season passes early and using multi-day tickets and frequent flyer discount cards help. The online world is ripe with deals. But there’s nothing like discount days.

“I think the majority of those discount days tend to be geared towards local residents, and considering that most ski areas are located in tourist towns that have a lot of hospitality workers, these times are often well-suited for workers in that sector,” emailed Ski NH executive director Jessyca Keeler.

Ski two-for-one non-holidays in New Hampshire Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cannon, and Wednesdays at Bretton Woods.

Bretton Woods’s Friday and Saturday nights Powder and Pasta deal from late December through early March includes a pasta dinner and lift ticket for a tasty $25. Score a $45 ticket on Dec. 25, a $35 pass on March 30 and pay $17.76 on April 15.

Cannon’s NH Resident Wednesday $25 ticket has no blackout dates. Granite Staters 65 and up are free with the non-holiday NH Senior Midweek ticket.

Cranmore’s online deals include a $25 Game Day ticket on Feb. 3, 2019, a half price Valentine’s Day pass Feb. 14 and a $17 St. Patrick’s Day ticket March 17. Ticket Rollback Day on Jan. 4 is $10.

Attitash and Wildcat have $30 non-peak Sunday Funday afternoon tickets. Kids age 17 and under pay $17 on Youth Days Jan. 6, 2019 and March 24. Go online for $35 tickets on Game Day Feb. 3, 2019, limited $17 St. Patrick’s Day passes on March 15 and March 18, and limited April 1 tickets for $11.

Pay $33 to ski until 3 a.m. at Crotched Mountain’s Midnight Madness kicking off Dec. 28.

Pats Peaks’ Pay One Price on Saturday nights from Dec. 29 to season’s end is $49 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and gets you skiing, riding, tubing , rentals, tips and entertainment. They offer it on Jan. 21, 2019 Diversity Day too.

Mount Sunapee’s Cares and Shares Day Dec. 9 nets a $35 lift ticket with a five non-perishable food donation.

Affordable Whaleback is even more so with a $20 last two hours rate for all ages, and a $20 Sunday morning ticket while Dartmouth Skiway’s non-holiday midweek adult tickets at $32 is an excellent value.

In Vermont, Burke Mountain’s non-holiday Wicked Wednesdays are essentially a three-for-one deal. Buy a $73 lift ticket and get two same-day tickets free. The non-holiday Northeast Kingdom Sunday deal provides $28 afternoon tickets.

“Discount days are just one piece of the industry-wide effort to make skiing and snowboarding more affordable for everyone,” emailed Ski Vermont communications director Adam White.

Mad River Glen’s non-holiday late afternoon ticket from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is $35. Save your quarters for Roll Back the Clock Day’s $3.50 tickets Jan. 29, 2019. The Valentines Day Kissing Special still lives on Feb. 14 with kissing skiers paying half price. Act like a fool at the ticket windows on April 1 and pay half price.

“These promotions are most important as a tool to encourage skiers to give MRG a try,” emailed its marketing director Eric Friedman. “Sometimes folks just need a little push to come our way. What is heartening is how many of them become active members of the MRG community and even buy co-op shares once they have experienced it.”

Okemo’s Cares and Shares Spring Food Drive March 10, 2019 yields a $45 lift ticket with five non-perishable food items.

Pico Mountain serves up $40 non-holiday afternoon Sunday Sampler passes. Vermonters and Granite Staters pay $38 on non-holiday Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Feel Good Fridays – Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, March 10 and March 24 – mean $49 lift tickets to benefit Vermont Adaptive and High Fives Foundation.

Killington has $59 lift tickets for Vermont and New Hampshire residents on non-holiday Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Suicide Six offers $45 adult non-holiday midweek tickets and $35 tickets for children and seniors.

At Mount Snow pay $12 online in advance or $49 at the ticket window on Founders Day Dec. 14 and Shamrock Fest March 15, 2019.

Go small. Pay $15 weekends at work glove-busting Northeast Slopes in East Corinth, $15 midweek at Cochran’s in Richmond ($5 Friday night special too) and $34 on Fridays at Quechee.

So surf the web for savings.




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