6 Ways to Save Big on Family Skiing
by Erin Gifford of Kidventurous
It’s hard to believe that ski season is here. While skiing is a great way to come together as a family, it can also be expensive between ski rentals, lift tickets, and all the gear you need to keep shushing down the mountain all day long. Fortunately, skiing doesn’t need to break the bank thanks to these six ways to save money at the slopes.
1) Look for Free Lift Tickets. Keep your eyes open for many “kids ski free” deals this season. At Keystone, for example, kids age 12 and under ski free all season long when you stay two nights. At resorts like Big Sky and Brighton, kids up to age 10 ski free too. Many mountains also offer a “junior” discount for tweens and young teens.
3) Look into Frequent Skier Programs. If you plan to ski more than a few times this season, ask if your mountain of choice has a frequent ski card. For example, the Advantage Card allows individuals and families to save 40% every time they ski at Liberty, Whitetail or Roundtop in Pennsylvania.
4) Sign up for Daily Deal Sites. Many daily deal sites now have specific travel sections, like Groupon Getaways and LivingSocial Escapes. Sign up to receive daily emails and you’ll find some great deals on ski resort packages nationwide.
5) Rent Skis Online (Goggles Too). If you already know where you’ll be skiing, look online for ski rental shops near the mountain. You can save up to 25% by reserving your skis even just one day in advance. Some shops even offer free delivery and pick-up. Many rent goggles, gloves and hats too.
6) Get on Email Lists. If you have certain ski resorts in mind, get on their email lists to be the first to know about specials and discounts. Many resorts also have a presence on Facebook and Twitter, even Pinterest and Instagram, so it’s worth a look to see if they share discounts.
What are your best tips for saving money when taking the kids out skiing? Let us know in the comments section below.