Lift tickets, buying or renting gear, food and drink on the mountain, lodging, transportation … the costs add up quickly when you’re planning a fun ski trip with friends and family.
Here’s a secret, though. A Colorado ski trip doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, there are a variety of ways you can save money while enjoying the slopes. Just try one or more of these eight money-saving tips!
If you plan ahead and buy lift tickets early, you can often save a substantial amount of money. Sign up for promo notices from websites like Liftopia to save time checking for discounts.
Several Colorado ski resorts participate in a program called “Ski Free”: Crested Butte, Copper Mountain, Powderhorn, and Sunlight Mountain.
To snag a buy-one-get-one-free lift ticket, you simply have to purchase at least 10 gallons of gas from a participating Shell gas station.
If you’ll be renting gear, it pays to get it ahead of time. You can rent skis, snowboards, and everything else you’ll need in a nearby town, on the way to the resort, or a sports store in your own city.
The most popular resorts have price tags to match their reputations. But, if you’re willing to try out a smaller resort, you’ll be rewarded with more affordable lift tickets and thinner crowds. It’s a win-win!
If you can swing it, plan your next ski trip between Monday and Thursday.
Resorts are busiest on the weekends, and lodging prices increase accordingly. It’ll be easier to find deals on hotels and vacation rentals on “off-peak” days.
Parking fees can be shockingly high, so opt for local transportation when it’s available. Many resorts and the towns they’re in offer free shuttles to the slopes, and you’ll also avoid the hassle of fighting your way out of the parking lot at the end of the day.
Food at ski resorts tends to be pricey, and you’re better off spending that money on a more unique, local meal in town.
Bring high protein snacks to stay energized throughout the day. It’s surprisingly easy to make a filling, pocket-friendly lunch ahead of time. A simple sandwich is an easy-to-carry lunch for the slopes.
Cooking your own meals isn’t just a great way to save money and eat healthy. It’s also the perfect way to wind down with your ski buddies after a long day hunting for fresh powder.