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We all want value when we make a purchase. Buying a ski ticket is no different. We've searched for the best lift ticket deals, special discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. We don't really cover season passes here. If you are considering skiing at one resort more than six times this year, take a look at what is offered for you in a season pass. The math may work out, especially for young adults under 30 who are being courted by several ski resorts with affordable pass offerings.
If you are planning a ski vacation, be sure to also check your favorite resort's website for lodging packages that include lift tickets. Thinking of putting the kids in ski lessons? Check with the ski school about tickets that might be included with their lessons.
Again this year, Vermont resorts are enticing skiers and riders to buy tickets in advance online at rates that are less than if you were to walk up to the ticket window in person.
Increasingly, special online-only deals 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. Here are a couple of resources for you:
- We maintain a <link https: twitter.com skimaven lists vermont-ski-resorts _blank external link in new>list of Vermont ski resorts on Twitter if you’d like to follow that list.
- Our <link vermontskiresorts ski>Vermont Ski Resorts page has a link to each ski resort in Vermont.
Double check on the details of any deal you are enticed by. Better safe than sorry! And don't forget a proper ID if you want to cash in on a resident discount. And people, consider skiing midweek if you want the biggest bang for your buck!
WE'LL UPDATE THIS BLOG POST as more ski discounts are announced this fall and winter.
On this page, top to bottom: Northern Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts, Central Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts, Southern Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts and Other Ski Ticket Discount Programs.
Northern Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts
Bolton Valley Resort discounts
If purchased by December 13, the Powder Pass buys you a total of five lift tickets for $199 for adults, or $149 for juniors, college students and seniors. A Ski Bum Pass is available to those aged 18 – 25: The price varies but was $179 on 10/29. College students over the age of 25 who are going to school full time are also eligible for the Ski Bum Pass. Midweek from January 4 - 15, college students can buy a full-day ticket for $19. On December 20, dress head-to-toe in official Kris Kringle attire and ski or ride free that day. On four days during the season, owners of Subaru and Hyundai cars get a free ticket; check the Bolton Valley website for details. On Mondays, folks age 50 and over can enjoy 50% off an all-day lift ticket. Wednesdays are College Nights: beginning at noon students can ski and ride for $19. Every Saturday night from 4-8 p.m. get a $19 night skiing ticket. Active members of the military show their ID for 50% off for them and their dependents. Check for online-only deals such as: On Cyber Monday, November 30 buy $20 early-season tickets or five night skiing tickets for $99; ski/ride for $29 on February 5 if you purchase online by January 29; ski/ride on Mondays or Tuesdays for $19 if you purchase online in advance.
Burke Mountain ski deals
On non-holiday Tuesdays, buy a lift ticket at $60 and purchase up to an additional six lift tickets (same day) for $19.56 each. 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. Card-carrying members of any ski club can get discounts on January 30 and 31 and March 19 and 20: $35 for adults and $25 juniors.
Cochran’s skiing values
At the family-friendly Cochran's Ski Area, it costs $25 for an adult lift ticket and $20 for a student. Friday night skiing will set you back a whopping $5.
Jay Peak ticket deals
Canadians who pay in cash get their tickets at par. Residents of Vermont and Clinton County, N.Y., are eligible for a discounted $65 adult ticket or $55 junior ticket. Just want to hit the beginner lifts? $47 (or $36 for juniors) gives you access to the Taxi Quad, Metro Quad, Moving Carpets, Queen’s Highway T-bar, and Village Chair for the day. College students get good rates on season passes that are either Jay-only or Jay + Burke passes; the earlier you buy the easier it is on your wallet.
Mad skiing deals at Mad River Glen
The Mad Card goes for $159 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. 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. Special lift ticket discount days are sprinkled through the season at MRG. On January 9 - 10, Green Mountain Club members ski half price. On January 26, roll back the clock with $3.50 tickets. On March 1, 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. On April 1, act like a fool at the ticket booth and ski two-for-one.
Ticket deals at Smugglers’ Notch
Buy a Bash Badge for $139 adults/$119 kids ($119/$99 before November 1) 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 $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. On non-holiday Thursdays, Bash Badge and Bash Badge Plus holders receive a full-day $20 lift ticket; bring a friend and they'll get half off a full-day ticket. Any midweek day, skiers and riders with a valid military ID can get a $39 full-day lift ticket. Vermont residents 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 $299, Vermont residents get the aforementioned deal plus a pair of skis and bindings. Ladies: Buy a Women's Weekly one-day session for yourself and bring a friend for free (offer valid January 20 - February 10). A free weekend and holiday Smuggs ski bus serves Essex and Burlington, Vermont; check their website for details. Wear green on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, and ski for half price.
Stowe discount lift 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 or Washington County, Vermont, get a discount on a season pass. College students get the best pass deals here and at many resorts. Vermont residents can ski or ride Stowe for $69 on VerMondays: January 4, February 1, March 7 and April 4 (plus a $5 RFID card if you don't have one already).
Sugarbush skiing deals
For sale online through the month of November is the $229 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% off midweek rates; 20% off weekend and holiday rates; and a free ticket after 10 purchased tickets. Purchase the card by December 16. On non-holiday Thursdays, ski or ride for $30 at Mt. Ellen. Skiers in their 20s get a deal on season passes, as do college students, who should check the pass deal that includes Mad River. Sugarbush offers a learn-to-ski-or-ride package for $255 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. Super Bowl Sunday (February 7) lift tickets are $50 when you purchase them online at least 48 hours in advance. Ski or ride at Mt. Ellen on St. Patrick's Day (March 17) for $17. During the week of March 21-27, a one-day ticket at Mt. Ellen is $30.
Central Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts
Killington best 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 midweek and 25 percent off weekend and peak day ticket rates. With the card, you'll pay $72 for tickets for adults; $62 for seniors and $56 for juniors during peak times; pay less for non-peak weekends and get the best deal midweek. Use the Express Card six times and your seventh visit will be free. Card purchase price is $99 adults; $84 seniors; $76 juniors. Buying tickets online at least 24 hours in advance can save you some dough; browse their website for options. Early in the fall you can buy discounted K Tickets online to use during the season; that offer has passed. Non-holiday Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Vermont and New Hampshire residents get a $47 lift ticket. All Active Duty, Retired and Honorably Discharged members of the U.S. Military who visit Killington will receive a complimentary lift ticket on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day (if open for skiing and riding), plus are eligible to receive a free Express Card. Bring a friend or family member to the slopes and when your friend purchases 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 get the best deals on a season pass. Youth has its advantages sometimes!
Skiing values at Middlebury Snow Bowl
At the Snow Bowl, a lift ticket will set you back $35 midweek and $55 weekends & holidays for adults. Full-time students (age 6 to college), Middlebury College alumni, and seniors get a better deal: $35 weekdays; $45 weekends & holidays. Anyone can ride the bunny slope’s carpet lift for free.
Affordable skiing at Northeast Slopes
Hard to beat skiing for $15/day on weekends and $10 on Wednesday afternoons! Kids 14 and under get reduced rates. As they say, this small ski area has been “keepin' skiing real since 1936.”
Best Pico ski ticket deals
Start the season on December 12 & 13 by skiing for $29 either day when you bring three non-perishable food items to the ticket booth. Throughout the season, ski on non-peak Sunday afternoons for $37. Vermont and New Hampshire residents ski for $35 on non-peak Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For those who plan to ski or ride four or more days a season, purchasing the Pico 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; $76 juniors. Active Duty, Retired and Honorable Discharged members of the US Military receive a complimentary Express Card, which provides discounted lift ticket privileges. Families take note: For every adult 5-day Pico Mountain lift ticket pre-purchased prior to arrival, kids 12 and under receive a free 5-day lift ticket, too -- must start skiing on a Thursday. Buying tickets online at least 24 hours in advance can save you some cash; browse their website for options. On November 30, Cyber Monday, buy tickets online for later in the season for $40.
Quechee Ski Hill discounts
On non-holiday Fridays, bring a friend to ski at Quechee and you'll get two tickets for $30 – plus $10 to spend in the cafeteria. You'll also find 10-pack coupon books for $250; that works out to 10 days of skiing at $25 a day.
Suicide Six ski deals
On non-peak Mondays, lift tickets are $15. On other non-peak weekdays, lift tickets are $30 for adults or $25 for children & seniors — that's half the price they are on weekends and holidays. Kids 5 and under are always $10. On non-peak Tuesdays, $35 gets you a lift ticket, burger and a beer.
Southern Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts
Bromley Mountain ticket deals
The Sun Mountain Card costs $69 ($79 after Dec. 18) and it offers one free non-holiday day of skiing then $30 off a full-day ticket any day of the season. On non-holiday Tuesdays get two-for-one tickets. On non-holiday Fridays, buy an adult ticket and get up to three $20 youth/teen tickets. Non-holiday Sunday afternoons feature a $35 lift ticket. Dress up like Santa on December 25 and get a ticket for $25. February 5 is Mom's Day Off: Show a photo of your kid and ski or ride for a $20 donation to the regional cancer center. Wear green on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, and get a lift ticket for $17. Members of the military save up to 50% depending when they ski. Value Tickets are transferable and save skiers up to $16 off holiday lift tickets (or use them any day). Must purchase at least 5 Value Tickets before December 2. On December 20 and March 15, get free beginner ski lessons and rentals, but you must register early – limited to 75 participants. Buy a 6-pack of full-day Kidsrule ski or snowboard lessons for any ability level and at the end the child gets a pair of skis or snowboard to keep as well as a season pass good for the remainder of the winter; total price is $649. The Spring Loaded pass gets you four days of spring-time shredding for $119, or online for $109.
Magic Mountain discount tickets
Ordering tickets online in advance will save you money. Through November 27, Magic is also offering a Three Pack for $150 — the three tickets are valid any day of the season. Magic offers $25 “Throwback” pricing on select Thursdays. Show a 2015-16 season pass from any Vermont ski resort and receive $10 off a full-price all-day weekend/holiday lift ticket and $5 off a non-holiday weekday ticket. For Vermont and New Hampshire residents, all non-holiday Sunday full-day tickets are offered at weekday rates, and all Friday full-day tickets are at half-day rates.
Mount Snow top skiing deals
On December 12 ski for a low rate (TBD) to celebrate Founder's Day; must buy online in advance. On January 10, kids 18 and under pay their age for a lift ticket. On February 12, two people ski for $59 if you buy in advance online. Buy tickets online in advance and find $17 St. Patrick's Day (March 17) lift tickets. On March 20, kids age 18 and under pay their age for a full-day lift ticket. With the $79 FanFare card, save 30% on midweek, non-holiday lift tickets, 20% on non-holiday weekends, and 10% during holidays. Valid on full-day tickets only. Active and retired members of the military receive a free Fan Fare card. Young adults should check out the discounted 1826 Pass for anyone 18 to 26 years of age, or for ages 18 – 26, their dual pass with Stratton. Buying tickets online at least 24 hours in advance can save you some cash; browse their website for options.
Okemo Resort lift ticket discounts
The 3 & Easy Packs are available online through October 31 and they get you three transferable tickets for $209. Active duty members of the U.S. military and their dependent family members save $20 to $30 dollars on tickets; college students get nearly identical discounts. Bring a new toy, article of clothing or five non-perishable food items to Okemo on December 6, or any five non-perishable food items to Okemo on March 20, and ski for $39. Vermont and New Hampshire residents ski or ride on non-holiday Wednesdays for $44 (afternoons for $34). Selected early-season dates and April all-day tickets are $34 for residents. Other resident discounts: Ski and ride non-holiday Sunday mornings for $39 for an adult, $36 for young adults/seniors, and $32 for junior/super seniors; or, ski non-holiday Sunday afternoons for $34 (all ages). Full-time college students check out an affordable rate on a season pass with access to Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Killington and Pico. New this year: Okemo is rolling out RFID-enabled cards. They replace paper lift tickets and you'll need to buy one for $5 the first time you buy a ticket this year. Go online to reload the card with new tickets and save some money off the ticket-booth rate.
Stratton discounted tickets
The X2 Card gets you one day of non-peak-day skiing plus 35% off off midweek tickets; 25% off weekends; and 15% off peak day tickets. The card costs $89+tax (or $99+ after November 25). Through October 30, get a Flex Pass for $349+tax with five lift tickets good any day of the season. If you are aged 18 – 29, consider saving some cash with their special Strattitude pass, or for ages 18 – 26 their dual pass with Mount Snow. Buying tickets online at least 24 hours in advance can save you some cash; browse their website for options.
Other Ski Ticket Discount Programs
Catamount Trail Association coupon book
As a benefit of becoming a member of Vermont’s Catamount Trail Association, 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, and more.
Irving Gas Ski Voucher
Fill up your car three times at a participating Irving gas station and get a buy-one-get-one-free ski voucher good at these participating Vermont resorts: Suicide Six, Smugglers' Notch, Bolton Valley, Okemo, Mad River Glen, Bromley, Burke Mountain, Middlebury Snow Bowl and Jay Peak. Restrictions apply.
January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
During Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Vermont alpine resorts offer beginner programs by reservation for $49 — including a beginner lift ticket, rentals and lesson. Details are posted on the Ski Vermont website. Parents with Vermont kids under 18 should check out the $20 deal on the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports website. Availability is limited.
My Champlain Valley / Fox44 Ski & Ride Card
Costing $170, the card gets you one off-peak day of skiing at each of these Vermont resorts: Burke, Bolton Valley, Mad River Glen, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Smugglers' Notch and Suicide Six.
Ride and Ski Card to benefit Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth
This $43 discount card includes deals to resorts such as Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Magic Mountain, Sugarbush, Smugglers’ Notch, Killington and Pico ski resorts in Vermont.
Ski & Ride with the Point
The Point radio station in Vermont typically 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 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.
Vermont Travel Club Card
This card gets you various lift ticket discounts at 11 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: Stowe, Sugarbush, Jay Peak, Bolton Valley, Smugglers' Notch, Killington, Pico, Okemo, Stratton, Mount Snow and Burke.
Winter Trails Month in January
For those who have not cross-country skied before, check out the Winter Trails deals (free or low-cost) at participating Nordic ski areas during the month of January. Visit the Winter Trails website and register in advance.
Lift Ticket Aggregators
Consider checking online lift ticket retailers. You purchase discounted tickets for specific dates of the ski season.
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