Vermont lift ticket deals and skiing discounts: SkiMaven's list for 2016 - 2017
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 07:15 PM
Deals, steals and discounts — we're all looking for them. Each year we compile a list of some of the best skiing deals, discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont.
Found on this page, from top to bottom: Northern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals, Central Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts, Southern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals, and Other Ski Ticket Discount Cards & Programs.
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 35, 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:
On Twitter, our list of Vermont ski resorts that you can subscribe to.
On our website, the Vermont Ski Resorts page has a link to each ski resort in Vermont.
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 discount tickets
Available through December 11, the Powder Pass buys you a total of five lift tickets for $199 for adults, or $149 for juniors, college students and seniors. You can use the tickets all at once or throughout the season. Also available online through December 11, buy $29 early season lift tickets valid through Christmas. On December 18, skiers and riders who are dressed head-to-toe in official Kris Kringle attire will ski and ride free that day. A Ski Bum Pass is available to those aged 18 – 25: The price is $179 by October 31; $269 after Halloween. College students over the age of 25 who are going to school full time are also eligible for the Ski Bum Pass. On Cyber Monday, November 28, go online to buy $20 early-season lift tickets that are valid through Christmas Day; save $70 on a Ski Bum Pass; or get a free early-season lift ticket with the purchase of a $100 gift card. Bolton Valley was founded in 1966 and in honor of its 50th anniversary you can ski and ride for $19.66 starting at 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday this season. You can also hit the hill for $19.66 on non-peak Mondays this season. Students with a current college ID can ski and ride for $19 starting at noon each Wednesday. From January 2-13, midweek, full-day tickets for college students are just $19. On January 13 and February 3 pay $29 for a lift ticket, with half of the proceeds going to a nonprofit; however, you must buy tickets online at least one week in advance. Active members of the military save 50 percent on lift tickets everyday for themselves and their dependents. On four specific days this season, owners of Subarus and Hyundais can get up to four lift tickets at 50% off the current rate for that day; check the website for details.
Burke Mountain ski discounts
On non-holiday Wednesdays, purchase a lift ticket at $64 and receive two same day tickets free. For skiers and riders 55 and older, $35 tickets available on non-holiday Tuesdays and Thursdays. Vermonter rates are available every day (non-holiday periods) to residents of Vermont and Coos and Grafton counties of New Hampshire: $52 adults; $40 seniors and juniors. Everyone skis on non-holiday Sunday afternoons for $25. 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 student. For a slim $5 bill, you can ski on Friday night, and they often have a good combo deal that also includes Friday dinner. If you buy a season pass before November 1, you get a $100 credit at the snack bar.
Jay Peak lift ticket deals
Residents of Vermont and Clinton County, N.Y., can get a $67 lift ticket (adults); $57 for juniors — a bit of a discount off the window rate. Those same rates apply if you flash a valid season pass from another ski resorts. Canadians who pay in cash get their tickets at par. College students should look at a season pass which is priced most attractively through November 7. On Jay's website, research the pricing on advance, online tickets for specific days. If you plan early you may grab a good deal. On January 1, Green Mountain Club members and their immediate family can get a discounted lift ticket: $51 adult; $43 junior. Bring current member card to group sales building on Jay Peak's Tramside.
Mad River Glen skiing deals
The Mad Card goes for $159 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. On non-holiday weekends, buy a two-day ticket and ski on Monday or Friday for only $1 more. Active US military personnel and their immediate families are eligible for free lift tickets throughout the ski season. AARP members get $10 off a full-day ticket every Sunday. Anyone can ski on non-holiday Sunday afternoons for $49. Special lift ticket discount days are found through the season at MRG. On January 31, 2017, roll back the clock with $3.50 tickets. On Valentine's Day, February 14, Kiss Your Honey at the ticket booth and ski for $14. On March 7, Vermont school students (elementary to high school) ski free for Vermont's Town Meeting Day. Wear green on St. Patrick's Day (March 17) and ski for $17.
Ticket discounts at Smugglers’ Notch
Buy a Bash Badge for $139 adults/$119 kids ($119/$99 if bought before November 1) 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 for $209 adults/$189 kids ($189/$169 before Nov. 1) adds on free early-season and late-season skiing. On non-holiday Tuesdays, folks from Canada can get a buy-one-get-one-free deal. Non-holiday Wednesdays, women can buy a half-priced, full-day ticket; childcare for moms is also half price. Any midweek day, skiers and riders with a valid military ID can get a $39 full-day lift ticket. Vermont residents pay half price for full-day tickets on non-holiday Fridays. Vermonters can take advantage of a learn-to-ski-or-ride package for $119 that gives you three days of lessons, beginner lifts and rentals (take them anytime during the winter) and once you complete all three you'll get a Bash Badge to use for the remainder of the season. For $329, Vermont residents get the aforementioned deal plus a pair of skis and bindings. Women who buy a Women's Weekly Clinic one-day session for themselves can bring a friend for free — valid Wednesdays and Sundays, January 18 - February 15.
Stowe discount tickets
With Stowe's 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 off the window rate. Guests are charged a one-time, $5 RFID fee when they purchase any ticket at Stowe if a new card is issued. Full-time residents of Lamoille, Washington and Orleans counties in Vermont get a discount on a season pass, check their site for details. Full-time and part-time college students, as well as “young adults” under 34 years old get nice pass deals; best pass prices are bagged by November 6. Active members of the military and their immediate family members ski for free on the following days: January 29, February 26 and March 26. For Woodchuck Day, February 2, everyone skis for $69. On February 7, celebrate Stowe's 80 years of lift service with a $55 lift ticket. Vermonters ski for $79 on the following Mondays: February 6, March 6, and April 3. On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, everyone skis for $69. (Add $5 for a RFID card if you don't have one already.)
Sugarbush discounts for skiing and riding
For sale online through the end of November is the $229+tax Quad Pack, a pack of four transferable tickets to Sugarbush with no blackout dates. The SugarDirect card at $99 includes one lift ticket; about 50 percent off midweek rates; 20 percent off weekend and holiday rates; and a free ticket after 10 purchased tickets. Buy the card by December 21. Active and retired military can receive a 50-percent discount on a full-day lift ticket, as well as some special season pass pricing. On non-holiday Thursdays, ski or ride for $30 at Mt. Ellen. Ski or ride Sugarbush for $14 on Valentine's Day, February 14. On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, you can score $17 Mt. Ellen lift tickets. On Sugarbush's website, research pricing on advance, online tickets for specific days; if you plan early you may grab a bargain. Skiers aged 30-35 get a good deal on a season pass, while folks aged 19-29 get an even better deal. College students should check out the pass deal that includes Mad River; best rate by November 2. Sugarbush offers a learn-to-ski-or-ride package for $280 that gives you three days of lessons, beginner lifts and rentals and once you complete all three you'll get a season pass to use for the remainder of the winter.
Central Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts
Killington best ticket discounts
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 is $99 adults; $84 seniors; $77 juniors. Members of the military should look into Killington's free Express Card offer. Buying tickets online at least 24 hours in advance can save you some dough; visit their website for pricing. On non-holiday Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Vermont and New Hampshire residents can get a full-day ticket for $53. Early in the fall you can buy discounted K Tickets online to use during the season; that offer has passed so keep your eyes out for it next year. Bring a friend or family member to the mountain and when they buy a Learn To Ski & Ride package (advance reservations required), you’ll receive a free lift ticket valid the same day. Vermont students K-12 and all college students are offered the most discounted season passes at Killington.
Skiing bargains at Northeast Slopes
Affordable is the name at the game at Northeast Slopes: $15/day on weekends and $10 on Wednesday afternoons! Kids 18 and under get reduced rates. Do your little ones only need the Little Tow? That'll be $5; but only $2 on Wednesday afternoons.
Best ticket deals at Pico Mountain
Vermont students in grades K-12 can get an $89 Vermont Student Pass for unlimited access to Pico all season long, plus perks for themselves and their families. Be warned: The price increases after December 15. My Pico 3 Packs are available through December 22 and $119 gets you three tickets valid through the season. Everyone can ski on non-peak Sunday afternoons for $39 throughout the season. On December 10 and 11, $29 and three non-perishable food items get you a one-day ticket. Residents of Vermont and New Hampshire ski for $38 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. Card purchase price is $99 adults; $84 seniors; $77 juniors. Members of the military: Look into getting a complimentary Express Card. Vacationing families need to know that for every adult 5-day Pico Mountain lift ticket purchased prior to arrival, a child (12 and under) receives a free 5-day lift ticket, too. This is not valid on peak dates. Buying tickets online at least 24 hours in advance can save you money; check the Pico website for options. On Cyber Monday, November 28, buy one-day lift tickets for use during the ski season for $41.
Quechee Ski Area discounts
At Quechee, get a Lift Ticket 10 Pack for $400; split them up and share them or keep them all to yourself. Everyone skis on non-holiday Fridays for $20. Active military receive 15 percent off regularly priced list tickets.
Suicide Six best ticket prices
Cure your case of The Mondays by skiing for only $15 on non-peak Mondays. On other non-peak weekdays, lift tickets are $30 for adults or $25 for children and seniors — that's half the weekend and holiday rate. Kids 5 and under always ski for $10. Got a beginner who just wants to use the J-Bar? That'll cost $15 for the day.
Southern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals
Bromley Mountain skiing deals
The Sun Mountain Card costs $69 ($79 after Dec. 16) and it offers one free non-holiday day of skiing then $30 off a full-day ticket any day of the season. Value Tickets are transferable and save skiers up to $16 off holiday lift tickets (or use them any day). Adult Value Tickets are $63; teens $56 and juniors $45; purchase by December 7. On non-holiday Fridays, purchase an adult ticket and get up to three $20 youth/teen tickets. Dress up like Santa on December 25 and get a ticket for $25. Mom's Day Off is February 3; show a photo of your child and ski or ride for a $20 donation to the regional cancer center. Earn a lift ticket for $17 by wearing green on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. Members of the military save up to 50 percent depending when they ski. Buy a 6-pack of full-day Kidsrule ski or snowboard lessons for any ability level and after using all six the child gets a season pass good for the remainder of the winter; total price is $699. On Cyber Monday, November 28, buy a three-pack of non-transferable, non-holiday lift tickets for $99.
Living Memorial Park ski hill
At this Brattleboro community hill it will cost you a mere $5 to ski or ride — even for Thursday and Friday night skiing.
Magic Mountain discount tickets
The Throwback Card for $99+tax will earn you $25 lift tickets all season. The card price goes up in December. Those who are between ages 18-29 can get an unrestricted season pass for $249. Vermont kids between 6-17 get an even sweeter deal: a $99 season pass. A Vermont parent or teacher can add on a pass for themselves for $199. If you are age 18-24, you can sign up for a free Zero Commitment Card and ski anytime for $39. On non-holiday, non-powder-day Thursdays, ski or ride for only $25. On non-holiday Fridays, stuff a car full of people (up to 5) and pay $99 total. Also on non-holiday Fridays, Vermont and New Hampshire residents can ski for $39 adults; $29 juniors. On non-holiday Sundays, Vermont and New Hampshire residents ski for $49 adults; $33 juniors.
Skiing deals at Mount Snow
On December 12 to celebrate Founder's Day, Mount Snow offers $12 tickets; they must be purchased online in advance. On January 8, kids 18 and under pay their age for a lift ticket. On Valentine's Day, February 14, two people ski for $59 if you buy in advance online. Feel the luck of the Irish with $17 tickets purchased online in advance for St. Patrick's Day (March 17). On non-holiday Sunday afternoons ski for $39, or get a total of four people together and pay $99 total. Skiers and riders aged 18-29 get a good deal on a multi-mountain season pass: $399 through December 15. Buying tickets online at least 24 hours in advance can save you cash; browse Mount Snow's website for options. On Cyber Monday, November 28, buy a four-pack of tickets for use through the season for $259 or less, or single tickets for $65 or less.
Okemo Resort ticket deals
The 3 & Easy Packs are available online through October 31 and they get you three transferable tickets for $216. Full-time college students check out an affordable rate on a season pass with access to Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Killington and Pico. It was $402 at press time. Bring a new toy, article of clothing or five non-perishable food items to Okemo on December 4 and get a $39 ticket (plus $5 if you don't have an Okemo RFID card). Bring any five non-perishable food items to Okemo on March 19 and ski for $39 (plus $5 if you don't have a card). Consider shopping on their website at least 24 hours in advance to find ticket prices better than the window rate. Vermont and New Hampshire residents can ski or ride on non-holiday Sunday mornings for $39 adults; $36 juniors and seniors. They can ski Sunday afternoons for $34 for all ages. Vermont and New Hampshire residents ski for $45 for all ages on non-holiday Wednesdays ($34 for the afternoon only). Starting in late-January, residents of other northeastern states (NY, PA, CT, NJ, MA and RI) can buy $59 tickets on specific days of the midweek. See their website for details. On Super Bowl weekend, Okemo has special two- and three-day ticket offers. Also, the day after the Super Bowl, February 6, pay $1 per point, based on the total combined points scored during the big game (not to exceed $59).
Stratton discount tickets
Stratton offers the X2 Card ($89+tax) where you get day of non-holiday skiing plus the ability to buy tickets that beat the ticket window: $69 midweek/non-holiday and $89 weekends and holidays. Another option, the Flex Card ($229) buys you three tickets valid any day, plus you can visit again for $69 midweek/non-holiday and $89 weekends and holidays — and if you do, the fifth visit is free (non-holiday). Buying tickets online at least 24 hours in advance can save you money; check Stratton's website for options. Skiers/riders aged 18 – 32 save some cash with the $369+tax Strattitude pass; grab it by December 24 or the price goes to $399. On Cyber Monday, November 28, buy three non-holiday lift tickets for use this winter for $202.
Other Ski Ticket Discount Cards and Programs
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.
January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
During Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a dozen Vermont alpine resorts offer a beginner package by reservation for $49 — including a beginner lift ticket, rentals and lesson. Details are posted on the Ski Vermont website. Vermont parents should check on the special deal through the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: They will sponsor 300 Vermont children with $20 beginner packages at six participating resorts in January.
January Winter Trails Events
Four Vermont Nordic skiing centers are participating in the Winter Trails program. Geared toward people who have never tried cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, you can find discounted or free lessons, rentals and day passes at Woodstock Nordic Center on January 7; Blueberry Lake on January 14; Strafford Nordic on January 14; Smugglers Notch Resort Nordic on January 28. Advanced registration may be required.
Ride and Ski Card to benefit Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth
This $50 card includes one lift ticket and discounts to these resorts: Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Magic Mountain, Pico, Smugglers’ Notch and Sugarbush ski resorts in Vermont.
Ski & Ride Card
The $149 My Champlain Valley/WFFF/WVNY Ski & Ride Card gets you one non-holiday lift ticket for each of the following Vermont resorts: Burke Mountain, Bolton Valley, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Suicide Six, Mad River Glen and Smugglers' Notch.
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. Participating Vermont ski resorts in 2017 are: Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Bolton Valley, Trapp Family Nordic, Burke Mountain, Kingdom Trails and Stowe.
Ski Vermont Fifth-Grade Passport
Fifth-graders get free skiing vouchers for Vermont alpine and cross-country ski resorts for a mere $11 application fee. 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 to beginner terrain. A dozen 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. Pay $49 for one card or about $34 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.
Lift Ticket Aggregators
Consider checking online lift ticket retailers such as Liftopia. You purchase discounted tickets for specific dates of the ski season.
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