Prices shown below have all been been updated for the 2013-2014 ski season. These prices are valid for adult lift tickets purchased online for the 2013 Christmas Holiday Season (this is the most expensive time of the year to buy lift tickets). Prices will vary depending upon your vacation dates.
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Lift tickets can be an expensive part of your trip, but more than that they just FEEL more expensive because typically you buy them in multi-day packages to save, and when you do this, you are paying ahead for an experience. We all know this makes good money sense, even if our wallets are screaming as we cut loose of this chunk of debit card. But if you want to save even more, book with us. We have a deal with Liftopia.com and if you buy through us, you will get the best deal on any Colorado lift ticket that we offer. We have deals at most of the largest and most popular resorts in Colorado. And even if we don't have a great deal for the resort you're eyeing or the time you have slotted, it's smart to check here first so you can spend the least.
One of the best ways to save money on lift tickets is to buy them as part of a lodging vacation package deal. Often, as a way to entice families to stay with them, hotels and lodges will offer a certain number of free Colorad lift tickets if you book a certain number of night's stay. We have a deal with Mountain Reservations, who is the largest provider of lodging/lift ticket packages in Colorado, and you can find some amazing deals, particularly if you are staying several nights and are traveling with a family or families. You can view the website and current lift ticket packages through this link: Mountainreservations.com
There are two main areas of Colorado where you can by lift tickets for multiple mountains: Vail Resorts/Summit County and the Aspen/Snowmass area.
Vail Resorts/Summit County: Vail Resorts owns Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, & Keystone. (They sold Arapahoe Basin in 1997, but lift ticket deals still exist between A Basin and Vail Resorts.) Here are some of the combo packages that exist currentl:
Aspen/Snowmass Area: Tickets to any of these resorts are good at all of these resorts, anytime:
They are close enough together that they usually experience the same amount of snowfall, so there isn't much gamesmanship to be done to follow the snow. However, buying one pass does give you access to nearly the exact number of skiable acres as Vail, and for less money.
All of the large ski resorts offer discounts for skiers and snowboarders who buy multiple day lift tickets. You can see the prices for 4-day lift tickets at the top of this page. In general, the more days on the pass, the cheaper the per-day rate, but there are exceptions that you have to watch for. Even worse, the exceptions that exist right now might change and new exceptions might pop up. The types of things you will see is that at some resorts, a per-day decrease in price may not go into effect unless you are buying more than four days. Others, their per-day decrease will stop at, say, 6 days and then there is no incentive beyond that point. So if you have options for where you want to ski, make sure to check through the full price panels so you know where the savings are and where they stop.
This is what we hate to see. You arrive at the slopes at 1130, and you think you'll just pick up a half-day lift ticket and save. You find out that half-days go on sale at 1230p, so you decide to wait. After all, why pay full day price when you can only ski/board half a day? Well, you have a point. Kinda. Also, you are wrong. Unless you live in Colorado and can just come back and ski whenever, then you are likely only here for a few days, and you have decided to cut the 4 hours of possible skiing into 3 to save. Plus, if a day pass costs $100 then a half-day is going to be somewhere around $85, if you're lucky. (For example, Eldora Mountain offers tickets at $79/day and $64 for a half day.) So you are only saving $15--or likely about 1% of the cost of your entire ski vacation--but you are sacrificing 25% of the rest of the day to ski. And I just bet you go get a beer or a coffee or shop a little during that hour, thereby nearly negating the savings and causing yourself to take an additional pee break, which means even less skiing. It's just bad business. Unless you are A) about ten minutes from the half day passes going on sale or B) already past the deadline, then just pay the full amount and enjoy yourself. Time is limited.
Except at Keystone. Keystone has night skiing that will last sometimes until 800p. You can wait this extra time, save your money, and still get 8 hours of skiing in. Or wait a little longer and start at 200p (they have 1/4 days that start at 200p).
Half-day Mornings. They do exist, but only on very few mountains: Powerhorn, Sunlight, Crested Butte, and Telluride. Except for Sunlight--whose morning passes just expire at noon--you pay the cost of a full day ticket up front. Then if you bring it to the ticket office by noon, they will reimburse you the difference. And if you think about it, every full day ticket is a half-day in disguise.