There are various ways to find discount raise tickets online and locally. Buying tickets at the ski resort ticket window should be a last resort if you are trying to save money on lift ticket deals. Some of the methods are popular and others are not, or the locations are not so clear. Knowing all the possible places to save on the price of admission to ski and snow resorts is helpful for those on a budget.
A notable place to look for discount lift tickets is on the resort site itself. Vail Group only has online deals that can save around $ 10 a ticket versus buying in the ticket window. These are sometimes only available during the early and late seasons, but depending on attendance and snowfall, these types of deals online will vary available. Some sites will also offer purchases of a free coupon or discount coupon that can be printed to be redeemed when you buy your tickets in person.
On the subject of websites, there are some places like Liftopia, REI, and Sport Cellar to name a few overseas stores that sell tickets to various snow resorts across the country. REI has a great online system that updates the availability of filtered tickets and coupons from the location you want to go and buy them. Often times, the local store will ship tickets to nearby resorts. Therefore, you may have to fly to the city and then go to the physical place in that city to get the discount. This is the same situation with the Sport Basement.
Costco is another place where multi-day tickets can be obtained at local ski resorts. You can also shop online, but resorts are limited, though they are big name and popular destinations like those in Colorado and Tahoe. Call ahead to verify that tickets are in stock and pricing is recommended. Discount promotion tickets popular in places like Mammoth Mountain, Heavenly and Breckenridge are often sold out, so buy early and you will be rewarded with a nice low daily price versus retail.
Other ways include redeeming your miles credit card points depending on the program in which you are enrolled. American Express offers these types of deals to trade reward points for lifting tickets. For some areas, a site called Funjet can be of great service. They are a travel site that offers travel, flight and activity deals. If you list them only by activity and enter the city you are visiting, you will find some surprisingly good packages for the tickets.
Of course there is Craigslist and eBay to find owner-to-person sales for coupons, vouchers, gift certificates, buy cheap (bogo) tickets, as well as day and day passes. You can also find season passes for sale. Knowing the right keywords to filter search and search to buy ads on Craigslist is essential. Also, use all sorts of legal tender terms and offer words in your searches as they will often offer to sell some paper to trade tickets.
Finally, there are local super markets and convenience stores that will have exclusive deals for their patrons like Safeway, Albertsons, City Market and King Soopers. If you can't find the discount lift tickets in any of these ways, head to the ski and snowboard forums and search until you find some.