Vermont lift ticket discounts and skiing deals — SkiMaven’s annual list — 2018-2019 ski season

Skiing deals at Sugarbush, Vermont
Lift tickets at Stowe, Vermont

Updated 10/16/18

Each year we compile a list of some of the best skiing deals, discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. Here's the list of deals for the 2018-2019 ski season.

Found on this page, from top to bottom:

We may mention a few exceptional season passes but we really do not cover them here. You need to look at how many days you want to ski to calculate if a season pass is worthwhile. And if you are under age 40, some Vermont ski resorts are offering you cheap season passes, so look for them!

If you live away from the mountains and you are planning a Vermont ski vacation, be sure to look at lodging packages that include lift tickets. And everyone with kiddos: Examine ski school packages to see if they include lift tickets before you buy tickets for your children.

Vermont resorts temp skiers and riders into buying tickets in advance online at rates that are less than if you were to walk up to the ticket window in your ski boots. Do check out their online pricing before you go.

With the help of social media, special online deals appear from time to time. They usually require an advance, online purchase to get the ticket deal. These links can help you keep tabs on the resorts' announcements:

Avoid disappointment; carefully verify any offer that entices you. Also do not forget your ID if you are planning to take advantage of a resident-based discount!

WE WILL UPDATE THIS LIST as more ski discounts are announced this fall and winter so you might as well bookmark this page! :) 

Northern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals

Bolton Valley Resort ticket discounts

Available through December 9, the Powder Pass buys you a total of five lift tickets for $199 for adults, or $149 for juniors, college students and seniors. The Ski Bum All-Access Pass is for anyone ages 18-25, or any full-time college student and the price through October 31 is $199. (After that date it goes up to $299.) 

Burke Mountain skiing deals

On non-holiday Wednesdays, purchase one lift ticket at $69 and receive two more same day tickets free. For skiers and riders 55 and older, $35 tickets are available on non-holiday Tuesdays and Thursdays. Locals rates are available every day (not including holiday periods) to residents of Vermont and Coos and Grafton counties of New Hampshire: $59 adults; $49 seniors and juniors. Everyone skis on non-holiday Sunday afternoons for $28. Active members of the military and their immediate families can ski free. 

Cochran’s Ski Area = family value

At the family-friendly Cochran's, it costs $25 for an adult lift ticket and $20 for a child/student. A six-pack of tickets costs $125. For a slim $5 bill, you can ski on Friday night under the lights. They often have a good combo deal that includes Friday night dinner.  

Jay Peak lift ticket discounts

Full-time college students should look at a season pass combo with Burke Mountain for the best deal: $289 before December 25. If you are between the ages of 19 – 29, check out their discounted season pass. Know someone who just needs access to the beginner lifts on the lower mountain? They can get their ticket for $56 adults and $44 juniors. 

Mad River Glen skiing discounts

The Mad Card goes for $169 and you get yourself three transferable day tickets good any time during the ski season, plus $5 off additional full-day lift tickets purchased throughout the season. Mad Cards are sold until December 15. Before October 15, you can get a Family Mad Card for $219 that will also include free season passes for your kids 12 and under. If you are aged 19 - 29, get a midweek pass for $299 ($199 if bought before October 15). Full-time college students should consider a MRG season pass ($245) or the combo pass that's also valid at Sugarbush ($389). On January 29, roll back the clock with $3.50 tickets. On Valentine's Day, February 14, kiss your sweetie at the ticket booth and you each ski for half off the window rate. On April 1, act like a fool in the ticket office and ski for half off the window rate.

Ticket deals at Smugglers’ Notch

Buy a Bash Badge for $119 adults/$99 young kids ($139/$119 if bought after October 31) and pay $30 per day for an all-day lift ticket, or $20 for a half-day afternoon lift ticket — all season long with no restrictions. A Bash Badge Plus for $189 adults/$159 young kids ($209/$179 if bought after October 31) adds on free early-season and late-season skiing. 

Stowe lift ticket deals

Full-time college students get the best deal at Stowe with the $409 college pass, which is not valid during some peak periods. Seniors 70+ can buy a discount card. Otherwise, the resort is promoting various Epic season passes for everyone else. 

Sugarbush skiing and riding deals

For sale online through the end of November is the $269+tax Quad Pack, a pack of four transferable tickets to Sugarbush with no blackout dates. Skiers and riders aged 30-39 get a discount on a season pass, while folks aged 19-29 get an even better deal. Seniors 65+ can get a midweek season pass for $169. College students should check out the $389+tax pass deal that includes Mad River Glen; best rate by November 7.

Central Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts

Killington lift ticket deals

Killington lift ticket discounts

K-Tickets are available to buy in the fall through October 18, 2018. They get you a day of skiing during the current ski season for $75 for adults; $65 for kids. Midweek K-Tickets tickets are $65 for all ages. You can go to Killington's /bogo page on their website to ask for a two-for-one early-season ticket voucher. On non-holiday Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the ski season, Vermont and New Hampshire residents can get a full-day ticket for $58. For those who plan to ski or ride four or more days a season, buying a Killington Express Card gets you 50 percent off midweek and 25 percent off weekend and peak day ticket rates. Use the Express Card six times and your seventh visit will be free. The sticker price for the card through October 18 is $84 adults; $71 seniors; and $65 juniors. After that date it costs $99 adults; $84 seniors; $77 juniors. Active duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the military can get a free Express Card.

Pico Mountain ticket deals

Vermont students in grades K-12 can get an $99 Vermont Student Pass for unlimited access to Pico all season long, plus perks for themselves and their families. On Fridays, January 27, February 3, February 10, March 10 or March 24 all ages can ski for $49.  Everyone can ski on non-peak Sunday afternoons for $39 throughout the season. Residents of Vermont and New Hampshire ski for $39 on non-peak Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For those who plan to ski or ride four or more days at Pico this season, buying the Express Card gets you 50 percent off midweek and 25 percent off weekend and peak day ticket rates. Use the Express Card six times and your seventh visit will be free. The price through October 18 is $84 adults; $71 seniors; and $65 juniors. After that date it costs $99 adults; $84 seniors; $77 juniors. Members of the military get a complimentary Express Card.

Southern Vermont Discounted Tickets

Magic Mountain discount tickets

The Throwback Card for $129 - $149 (depending when you buy it) will get you $29 lift tickets all season; the price of the card price goes up as winter gets closer. The Freedom 4-Pack at $189 is four transferable tickets good anytime (and by anyone) this season. The best rates on season passes are through October 15. Vermont school kids aged 6-17 can get an unlimited season pass for $139. A Vermont parent or teacher can add on a pass for themselves for $269. Anyone between the ages of 18-29 can get an unrestricted season pass for $299. If you are age 18-24, you can sign up for a free Zero Commitment Card and ski anytime for $39. During the ski season, on non-peak, non-powder day Throwback Thursdays, ski for $39. On non-peak, non-powder day Fridays, carload of up to four ski for $149, and Vermont and NH residents ski for $44 adults; $34 kids. On non-peak Sundays, Vermont and NH residents ski for $54 adults; $38 kids.

Mount Snow skiing deals

On December 14 to celebrate Founder's Day, Mount Snow offers tickets as low as $12 when bought online in advance or $49 at the window. Prices increase as quantities sell out. On March 15, feel the luck of the Irish with tickets as low as $17 when purchased online in advance or $49 at the window. Skiers and riders aged 18-29 get a good deal on a multi-mountain season pass: $399 if bought by December 17. Members of the military get 40% off midweek/non-holiday lift tickets and 25% off weekend/holidays. 

Stratton discounted lift tickets

At $269, the Flex Card buys you three tickets valid any day, plus you can visit again for $89 — and if you do, the fifth visit is free. After that, buy more tickets at $89. Vermont kids can get passes for $199 (grades K-6) and $299 (grades 7-12).

Other Ski Ticket Discount Cards and Programs

Burke Mountain discounts
Deals at Pico Mountain

Vermont ski resorts that are now part of multi-mountain season pass offerings:

  • Killington - Icon Pass
  • Stratton – Icon Pass
  • Sugarbush – Icon Pass and Mountain Collective Pass
  • Okemo – Epic Pass
  • Stowe – Epic Pass
  • Mount Snow - Peak Pass
  • Bolton Valley - Freedom Pass
  • Magic Mountain - Freedom Pass

Catamount Trail Association coupon book 

When you become a member, Vermont’s Catamount Trail Association gives you get a booklet with coupons for discounts at a handful of Vermont alpine resorts and a number of Nordic ski and mountain bike centers.

My Champlain Valley Ski & Ride Card

This card gets you a day of skiing at Smugglers’ Notch, Bolton Valley, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Burke Mountain and Mad River Glen, plus others in the region. Price to be announced.

Ride and Ski Card

This $50 card includes one lift ticket and discounts to Vermont resorts. Details are to come, but last year the discounts were at Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Magic Mountain, Pico, Smugglers’ Notch and Sugarbush ski resorts in Vermont.

Ski & Ride with the Point

The Point radio station in Vermont sells a $5 button and coupon book with coupons for half-price skiing on predetermined Fridays at predetermined ski areas.

Ski Vermont Fifth-Grade Passport

Fifth-graders from any state get free skiing vouchers for Vermont alpine and cross-country ski resorts for a mere $10 application fee. (Not valid during holiday periods.) Visit the Ski Vermont website for details.

Take-3 Beginners Package

Beginner skiers and riders can sign up for this $129 package and receive three days of lessons (at the same resort or a different resort for each lesson). Each will include rental equipment for the day plus a lesson with a professional instructor and a lift ticket to access beginner terrain. (Not valid during holiday periods.) Ten resorts are participating; sign up at the Ski Vermont website.

Vermont Travel Club Card 

This card gets you various lift ticket discounts at 10 Vermont ski resorts. Pricing starts at $44 for one card or $23 per card if you're buying a five-pack for the family. Resorts include: Burke, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Pico, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe and Sugarbush.

Daily Deal Websites

Websites such as WCAX Jump On It and Groupon will occasionally offer a lift ticket deal.


Photos, top to bottom: Sugarbush, Vermont; Stowe, Vermont; Killington, Vermont; Burke Mountain, Vermont; Pico Mountain, Vermont

Have you come across a good Vermont skiing discount? Let us know in the comments below!

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