2012 – 2013 Vermont lift ticket discounts and ski ticket deals for Vermont residents and our friends everywhere!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Finding the best lift ticket values takes a little bit of poking around. We’re here to help as we’ve scoured the Internet to find some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts!
This list covers Vermont frequent skier cards, special discount skiing days, Vermont resident lift ticket deals, and the like. It does not cover season passes — so if you are going to ski for eight or more days at a single Vermont ski resort, also compare season pass pricing at that resort. And if you are planning a ski vacation, be sure to review a ski area’s website for multi-day ticket rates and lift-and-lodging packages, as well.
This year, keep an eye out for online-only deals that pop up in the fall and during the ski season. They are publicized via a resort’s website and social media (Facebook and Twitter) and they typically require that you purchase your ticket online before hitting the mountain — sometimes well in advance.
- We maintain a list of Vermont ski resorts on Twitter if you’d like to follow that list.
- Our Vermont Ski Resorts page has a link to each ski resort in Vermont.
So, think about how many days you want to ski at Vermont ski resorts and take a look at the deals below. Also consider skiing midweek (non-holiday) because the lift ticket deals are much better and you’ll get more runs in without the crowds! Plan ahead and take some midweek vacation days. You won’t regret it.
Double check on the details before you drive to a ski resort! And don’t forget your ID if you want to cash in on a Vermonter ski discount.
We’ll update this list during the fall and ski season as more Vermont skiing and riding discounts are announced!
Northern Vermont Skiing Discounts
Bolton Valley Resort discounts
If purchased by December 14, the Powder Pass buys you a total of five lift tickets for $199 for adults, or $149 for juniors, college students and seniors. On Dec. 16, those who dress head-to-toe in official Kris Kringle attire will ski free that day. Bolton offers $25 lift tickets from December 17 – 25. Ho, ho, ho! Starting Jan. 5, Saturday night skiing is $19 for all ages. On non-holiday Wednesdays from Jan. 2 - March 20, college students can buy a $19 ticket starting at noon. College students score $19 lift tickets during the midweek from January 7-18. On non-holiday Mondays beginning January 7, snow riders 50 and older can enjoy 50% off all-day tickets, rentals and group lessons.
Burke Mountain deals
Buy a 10-pack of transferable tickets online for $549. Get the Great Big Kingdom Card for $160 and it's loaded with three unrestricted lift tickets that anybody can use; buy it before December 24. On Sunday afternoons, get a $25 lift ticket, $20 group lesson, $20 rental, and J-Bar tickets for $5 (all non-holiday). On non-holiday Tuesdays and Thursdays, guests age 55+ rip it up for $30. Show your valid military ID at the ticket window to receive a $15 discount on lift tickets (for spouse and children, too). Show your Veteran’s ID at the ticket window for a $10 discount on a lift ticket. Show your valid season pass from another ski resort for a $45 lift ticket (non-holiday). Vermonter rates are available every day (non-holiday periods) to residents of Vermont and Coos and Grafton counties of New Hampshire: $52 adults; $42 seniors and juniors; $47 college students. For Quebec residents, buy one lift ticket, get a same-day lift ticket free. Score two-for-one tickets at Burke Mountain on Valentine's Day.
Cochran’s skiing values
At cozy Cochran's Ski Area, it costs $20 for an adult lift ticket and $14 for a junior. A hard deal to beat for a young family.
Jay Peak discounted tickets
Get the Great Big Kingdom Card for $169 and it's loaded with three unrestricted lift tickets that anybody can use; buy it before December 24. Residents of Vermont and Clinton County, NY, can buy a $55 adult ticket or $45 junior ticket. Multiday resident rates also available. After you've visited the resort once and have your RFID card, you can reload online and save a few dollars on regular tickets and resident tickets.
Mad skiing discounts at Mad River Glen
The Mad Card goes for $144 and you get yourself three transferable day tickets good any time during the ski season, plus $5 off any additional full-day lift tickets purchased throughout the season. Mad Cards are sold until December 15. Active US military personnel and their immediate families are eligible for free lift tickets throughout the ski season. This Vermont ski area has a variety of special lift ticket discount days: On January 5 - 6, Green Mountain Club members ski half price. On January 29, roll back the clock with $3.50 tickets. On Valentine's Day, kiss at the ticket desk and ski for $14 each. On March 5, Vermont school students (elementary to high school) ski free for Vermont's Town Meeting Day.
Smuggle some deals at Smugglers’ Notch
Buy a Bash Badge (priced at $115 before Halloween and $135 thereafter) and pay $25 per day for an all-day lift ticket, or $15 for a half-day afternoon lift ticket — all season long with no restrictions. A Bash Badge Plus adds on free early-season and late-season skiing. On non-holiday Mondays, drop your business card at the ticket booth and receive $15 off an adult full-day lift ticket. On Tuesdays, present proof of Canadian residency for a buy-one-get-one-free lift ticket. On Wednesdays, women get half off a full-day ticket and mom’s get a childcare discount. Present your college ID on non-holiday Thursdays and pay $29 for a ticket. On non-holiday Fridays, Vermonters with proof of residency pay half price for lift tickets, group lessons, and rental equipment. Present a valid military ID any non-holiday midweek day and pay $29 for a lift ticket. All of the above specials are valid from 12/7- 4/7, excluding holiday times. Get two-for-one tickets at Smugglers' Notch on Valentine's Day.
Stowe discount lift tickets
The new Stowe Seven Pack buys you skiing or riding any seven days of the season, working out to $75 a day for adults. $525 adults; $399 kids; $455 seniors. With Stowe's new RFID cards (reusable plastic tickets) and its ByPass Program, if you load your ticket onto your card online in advance, you can skip the ticket line and save a few dollars ($13 off the window rate during mid-season, non-holiday periods, for example). Guests are charged a one-time $5 RFID fee when they purchase any ticket at Stowe if a new card is issued. Vermont residents get a discounted $49 ticket on March 4 and April 1. Vermont military personnel can ski for free on March 31.
Sugarbush skiing discounts
For sale online during the month of November is the $199 Quad Pack, a pack of four transferable tickets to Sugarbush with no blackout dates. The SugarDirect card offering includes one lift ticket; about 25% off midweek rates; 20% off weekend and holiday rates; and a free ticket after 10 purchased tickets. Purchase the card for $99 until December 17. You'll find $14 all-mountain tickets at Sugarbush on Valentine's Day. On non-holiday Thursdays, ski Mt. Ellen for $30.
Central Vermont Lift Ticket Deals
Killington ticket discounts
For those who plan to ski or ride four or more days a season, purchasing the Killington Express Card gets you 50 percent off weekday and 25 percent off weekend and peak day ticket rates. With the card, you'll pay $66 tickets for adults; $56 for seniors and $51 for juniors during weekends and peak times. About $20 less that those rates for midweek tickets. Use the Express Card six times and your seventh visit will be free. Card purchase price before December 31 is $99 adults; $84 seniors; $76 juniors. Active duty and retired members of the US military can receive a complimentary Killington Express Card. The card also gets you $29 weekday and $39 weekend and peak day tickets at neighboring Pico Mountain. Also at Killington, bring a friend or family member to the slopes and when your friend purchases a Learn To Ski & Ride package (reservations required), you’ll receive a free lift ticket valid the same day.
Middlebury Snow Bowl deals
The Snow Bowl dropped the rate of its midweek lift ticket by a few dollars this year. It'll cost you $25 midweek and $46 weekends for adults. Full-time students (age 6 to college) and Middlebury alumni get a better deal on the weekends: $34 weekends, $25 weekdays.
Northeast Slopes steals
At petite Northeast Slopes, an all-day ticket is $15, and kids 14 and under can ski Wednesday afternoons for just $6!
Pico ski ticket values
On opening day, December 15, tickets are $19.37. To celebrate its 75th birthday, Pico offers this year a student season pass for $75. It’s for students in kindergarten to 12th grade. There’s also an option to add season-long access to Killington (add $199).
Suicide Six savings
No info online as of October 23.
Southern Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts
Bromley Mountain deals
The Sun Mountain Card costs $71 for adults, and $61 for juniors, teens and seniors and it offers one free non-holiday day of skiing then $10 off any day of the season. Ski non-holiday Sunday afternoons for $32. On non-holiday Fridays, you can combine Bromley’s $49 adult ticket with up to three $15 youth tickets. Value Tickets save skiers up to $15 off holiday lift tickets – if that’s the time that you are planning to ski. Must purchase at least 5 Value Tickets before December 5. Mom's Day Off is February 8; moms show a picture of their kid and ski or ride for $15. Show your college ID and save $10 off the posted all-day rate. Show your active military ID and save $15 off the posted all-day rate; a deeper discount is offered in March. Purchase your lift ticket online in advance and get a 2-for-1 deal on Tuesdays. Use your Big Y savings club card for $10 - $12 off tickets (non-Saturday, non-holiday). Print a coupon from Bromley’s website to ski on January 21 (MLK Day) for $49 and save your ticket for $10 off your next weekend or holiday ticket. Print a coupon from Bromley’s website for a two-for-one Valentine's Day deal. Check their site for other occasional coupons.
Magic Mountain discount tickets
Through October 31st, skiers and riders have the opportunity to pre-purchase lift tickets for certain days of the season (including holiday periods) at savings of up to 34%. Depending on the day, rates are as low as $29 for an adult. During the season, Vermont and New Hampshire residents ski on non-holiday Sundays for $39 (adult rate), and non-holiday Fridays for $30 (adult rate). For $129, the Magic 3-Pack buys you three lift tickets valid all season long with no blackout days. The 3-Packs must be purchased before November 30. The Magic Card, sold for $59, gets you $25 midweek lift tickets and $10 off weekend and holiday lift tickets, as well as one free ticket good in March. Another Magic deal offers non-holiday Sunday afternoon tickets for $25. For Vermont and New Hampshire residents, all non-holiday Sunday full-day tickets are offered at weekday rates, and non-holiday Friday full-day tickets are offered at half-day rates.
Mount Snow skiing deal
With the $79 FanFare card, save 50% on midweek, non-holiday lift tickets, 25% on a ticket on non-holiday weekends, and 10% during holidays. Valid on full-day tickets only. Members of the military receive a free Fan Fare card.
Okemo Resort discount offers
The Super 7 card for $69 (adult price before Nov. 9; $89 after Nov. 9) gets you varying discounts on your first six ski days, then a free day, then 40% discount thereafter. The Okemo 8-Pack is sold at $588 (adult price before Nov. 9; $616 after Nov. 9), you pre-purchase 8 unrestricted lift tickets for the price of 7 and the tickets are transferable between family and friends and may be used for one or two tickets per day. Similar set-up for a 12-Pack product. Bring at least five non-perishable food items to the ticket window and ski/ride on December 15 or March 30 for $39. A Learn to Ski special runs from Nov. 26 through Dec. 21 and includes a day with two 2-hour lesson sessions, rental equipment, and a lower mountain lift ticket for $39. Reservations are recommended. Buy your ticket online in advance for select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in December at a discounted rate of $55. When an adult purchases a full-price lift ticket online and in advance between Jan. 2-18, they get one free junior ticket or one young adult ticket, valid the same day. College students get $15 off midweek, $10 weekends and holidays during the ski season. Active duty members of the U.S. military can purchase online lift tickets in advance for themselves and their dependent family members at 50% off full-day, midweek, non-holiday lift tickets or $15 off full-day tickets on weekends and holidays. Vermont and New Hampshire residents can ski/ride on non-holiday Wednesdays for $39 (or the afternoon for $29); selected early-season dates and April dates are $29. Vermont and New Hampshire residents also can get a non-peak Sunday morning ticket for $35 adults, $30 for young adults/seniors, and $24 for junior/super-seniors. Sunday afternoon resident tickets go for $29.
Stratton ski discount cards
The X2 Card gets you one day of non-holiday skiing plus $30 off midweek, non-holiday tickets; $20 off non-holiday weekends; and $10 off holiday tickets. The card costs $79 through November 26. The Hi-5 Discount Card costs $299 plus 7% tax and gives you a card loaded with five days of skiing (no blackout dates).
Other Discount Programs
Catamount Trail Association Vermont skiing coupon book
As a benefit of becoming a member of Vermont’s Catamount Trail Association, you get a hefty ski coupon book with 94 coupons for half-price and other great discounts at: 7 alpine resorts, 27 Nordic ski and mountain bike centers, 22 sport retailers, and 18 other businesses, restaurants and lodging. More than $1,000 in value. You can’t go wrong for a $35 membership.
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Ride and Ski New England Card
This $25 discount card includes deals at Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Magic Mountain, Mount Snow, Sugarbush, Smugglers’ Notch, Pico and Mad River Glen ski resorts in Vermont. Or buy the $34 option and it comes with a free day of skiing at a participating resort. Sample deals include $10 off weekend tickets or two-for-one tickets during the week.
Ski Vermont Fifth-Grade Passport
Vermont fifth-graders get free skiing vouchers for Vermont alpine and cross-country ski resorts for a mere $10 application fee. Visit the Ski Vermont website for details.
Lift Ticket Aggregators
Consider checking online lift ticket retailers such as Liftopia and Lifttickets.com (this one seems to be out of business at this time). You purchase tickets for specific dates of the ski season.
Photos, top to bottom: In the glades at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont; Riding the Toll House Lift at Stowe Mountain Resort; Skiing at Sugarbush in Vermont; Skiing under the new lift at Mount Snow (photo courtesy of Mount Snow).
Text and images © SkiMaven.com.
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