Lake Tahoe and Mammoth received three inches of snow last weekend—enough to remind us that winter is on its way. In less than six weeks, all the major resorts will be open and families will be flocking to the mountains for fun on the slopes.
At ResorTime, we love a good deal, especially when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. Between the accommodations, lift tickets, and gear rentals, the costs of a slopeside vacation quickly add up. But with a little planning, you can save big on this season’s ski trip.
- Visit lesser-known destinations and resorts.
Resorts like Meadow Lake Resort in Montana and Panorama Vacation Retreat in British Columbia may not have the cachet of Vail or Whistler, but these lesser-known destinations offer incredible value and exceptional skiing for everyone from beginners to experts. An added bonus—shorter lines at the lifts mean more time on the slopes.
- Buy a lower mountain lift ticket.
If you’re a new or occasional skier, consider purchasing a lower mountain lift ticket, which most resorts sell for half the price of a regular lift ticket or package with basic lessons. These discounted tickets give you access to just the beginner slopes, which is all you really need if you’re starting out.
- Attend a ski expo in your area.
Thinking about buying your own gear? You’ll save hundreds of dollars over a lifetime of skiing, and you’ll enjoy the added comfort of wearing perfectly fitted boots. One of the best places to buy gear is at a ski and snowboard expo in the fall or early winter.
- Plan your trip for the shoulder seasons.
Go early or late in the season and you’ll avoid the crowds and enjoy savings on your accommodations. Christmas and Presidents’ Day weekend are always popular no matter where you go, so avoid those times if you’re looking for a deal. Gear rentals are sometimes cheaper during the shoulder season, too.
- Stay in a timeshare rental.
A timeshare rental is the way to go if you’re looking to save money. These spacious condos and studios typically cost the same as a standard hotel room, but they accommodate more people and give you the flexibility to cook your own meals. For a timeshare rental near your favorite ski destination, look no further than ResorTime’s list of available accommodations.