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Skiing on the Cheap - 2017-18 Edition

Bostonian

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So I am going to start the thread for next year's skiing on the cheap! Just checked my email, and found that Wachusett will be giving away a free lift ticket for early season next year for participating in the Earth Day Cleanup on May 20th. Arrive before 10AM to get a free lift ticket and BBQ for helping clean up the hill!

http://www.wachusett.com/EventsActi...rm=92453134&utm_content=Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Bring on the 17/18 season!
 

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Here is list of often mentioned deals - some may not exist any longer like the Geigerig Pack Special.

Watch The Clymb for Geigerig Pack Special - http://www.geigerrig.com/hydration-pack/ - no sure if this still happens

Ski Club Days - join a ski club in CT - http://www.skiclub.com/ for now check out Awareness Days

Vermont Ski Pass (October 1 sells out quickly) - http://www.skivermont.com

Vermont Travel Club Card - http://www.vermonttravelclub.com/

Gas station fillup deal - http://www.SkiRideFree.com and Irving does something similar

The Ride and Ski Card Two fer deal tour dates every Saturday plus numerous other discounts (pre-order around August) - http://www.RideandskiNE.com

Crotched Mountain
2 for 1 lift ticket, Mon. to Fri., non-holiday or Free Child lift ticket with purchase of adult lift ticket Sun. - Fri.
Ragged Mountain
2-for-1 Mon-Fri non-holiday (SAVE $69)
Waterville
2-for-1 Sunday–Friday at the Ticket Window, non-holiday
Whaleback Mountain
2-for-1 on full day tickets 7 days a week
Shawnee Peak
2 for 1 lift tickets, Mon. through Fri., non-holiday.
Bolton Valley
$39.00 lift tickets any day including holidays
Jay Peak
2-1 Sunday–Friday non-holiday
Sugarbush
2-1 Monday-Friday*
Windham
2-for-1 Adult full-day lift tickets, Sunday to Friday, non-holiday

Mad Card 3 tickets - http://www.madriverglen.com/skiing/lift-ticket-deals

Ski Movie Premiers - lift ticket w movie, however not all. Warren Miller, Boston Winter Film Festival

Skiing discounts - http://www.Mountainsportclub.com

St Pat's, Valentives Day, Super Bowl Sunday, April Fools Day - Someone will post a list I am sure.

Killington - Late Season 4 Play $199 http://www.killington.com/

Killington - K57 (number will be different) advanced purchase lift tickets

Killington - Express Pass with 50% off midweek and 25% off on holidays and weekends plus after every 6 uses you get a free day - free for veterans. Price generally discounted preseason.

Killington - early season 2 fer's by signing up for killiington news letter around late August

Sites to monitor - http://www.Liftopia.com and http://www.Groupon.com

Get a $5 credit voucher for Liftopia - http://echo3.bluehornet.com/phase2/s...hxa&1331059336

Try to score comp tickets at the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo (getting harder to do) November 9th-12th - http://skisnowboardexpo.com/expos/boston/

Look for resorts that have good Sunday half day deals like Okemo ($29 VT/NH), Burke ($25), Bretton Woods ($25) etc.

2 fer deals to Attitash, Loon, Cranmore, Black, and more plus summer attractions too - https://www.breathenh.org/funpass-2017attractions-discounts

Look for quad packs Bolton Valley, Sugarbush etc.

Great deals on packaged ski vacations - http://greateventsandescapes.com/ski/index.html

Fox 44 Ski Card (Novenber) - http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/ski-and-ride-guide

Gunstock 2 for 1 Tuesday Nights - Will probably be around $18 in 2017-2018 season

The Gems Card $25 for 16 2 for 1's for eight Colorado Ski Areas - http://coloradoski.com/gems-card/

Complete listing of Kids (4th-6th grade) Passports loaded with free skiing http://blog.winterkids.com/outdoor/ski-or-ride-free-passport-programs/ Technically a small cost to get the booklet.

Do not have to be a resident

https://skivermont.com/fifth-grade-passport (5th grade)
http://www.skinh.com/deals/snowsports-passport (4th & 5th grade)
https://www.iskiny.com/i-ski-ny-passport-program (3rd & 4th grade)
https://www.skiutah.com/passes/passports (5th and 6th grade)
http://coloradoski.com/passport (5th and 6th grade)
https://skiidaho.us/programs/passport (5th and 6th grade)

Sunday River summer lift ticket sale - http://www.sundayriver.com/media-center/press-releases/cold-front - wait for it!

Jay Peak tix - http://highgatefamilyski.webs.com/

C & B Sports Skier appreciation lift tickets - http://www.skicbsports.com/appre.htm

UNH Ski Team funds raiser - http://www.unhwildcats.com/news/201...scount-ticket-packages-on-sale.aspx?path=mski
 

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EDIT: SORRY JUST REALISED THERE IS IN FACT A CHAIN FOR THIS!!

I can't believe I am thinking snow already!!

I'm not sure to what extent this has been mentioned before in the past, if at all, but I always thought that the M.A.X. Pass was a really good deal but have never tried it...well this season I have pulled the trigger on it and will let you know what I think at the end of upcoming season.

44 mountains nationwide (including Canada), 5 days each, no black out dates!

If, like me, you don't happen to have a home mountain, then you sure can make good use of this card. Just plan your skiing around the featured mountains.

At the present price ($679 - OUCH, I know, doesn't seem like anything that should be featured on this chain, but hear me out), if you manage to ski 20 days across the network your cost per mountain works out to be only $34 a day regardless of the mountains you visit!!

East Coast mountains are fairly decent with a couple of gems:
Belleayre*
Blue Mountain (Canada)
Gore
Killington*
Loon
Mont Saint Anne (Canada)*
Mountaincreek
Mount Sunapee
Okemo*
Pico*
Snowshoe
Stoneham (Canada)
Stratton*
Sugarloaf
Sunday River
Tremblant*
Wachusett
Windham*
Whiteface*

I am targeting the 9 starred locations which brings my daily total to $15 a day (in the unlikely event I make 5 days for all). It is more realistic that I will only make 5 of them which still puts my daily total at $27 a day. And if we are able to make the dream West Coast trip then that number only goes down more!

...what say you?

https://www.themaxpass.com/?utm_sou...17&gclid=COHWsbrZ89QCFTyVswodrBkBnA&gclsrc=ds
 

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If any of you are planning trips to Colorado, The Gems Card is now available for purchase. You can purchase as many as you need apparently - we bought 4. Each card gives you 2 BOGO's for each participating resort or 2 30% off discounts. The Gems Card is valid at Arapahoe Basin, Cooper, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn and Sunlight. - See more at: http://www.coloradoski.com/shop/sho...34.619757239.1501618300-1304086313.1500383994


If you have children that will be tagging along and the plan is to go to any of Colorado Ski Country USA resort well they can possibly go for free. There are 21 Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts participating in the Passport Program. They include Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Cooper, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

5th Grade Passport - FREE = three days at each
6th Grade Passport - $105 = four days at each

http://coloradoski.com/passport
 
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Got an email today from Stratton. They are offering on their site 50% off lodging, and up to 2 free 3 day midweek lift tickets if you book the lodging mid week. That is a hell of a deal for anyone that wants to plan a midweek trip this early.
 

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Never thought that was a deal. It is compared to their daily lift ticket price I guess but mostvdeal hunters are probably going for the a daily average of $20-30 and that would skew it a lot. I can get 4 lift tickets to other places like Bolton Valley for around $100 or here in CO at Loveland 4 for $130.

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I have a baby girl due in December so I'm not sure how that will affect my ski season. Probably less skiing. Really hoping to snag a Fox 44 ski card this year and see if I can get some variety on the cheap. Might only be able to do 20 days so that covers a lot of bases in itself.
 

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Congrats Tuna. Hope all goes smoothly for you and your wife leading up to welcoming the new bundle of joy. Fox44 would be a good play for you from your location. Maybe pair it with a Berkshire East pass. Having a quick hitter option with a newborn is key with a newborn.
 

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Thanks DHS. Her grandmother lives just a few minutes up the road (and in the direction of 91 North) so I might be able to pull it off.

Think the strategy this year =
1x Fox 44 card
1x Ski VT 5
1x Ski VT 3
Mountain Sports Club premium membership includes 2x Berkshire East passes
Maybe get the ski shop to give me a Mt Snow pass when I get new boots this summer
BEMI Ski show and grab some Bolton Valley coupons, see what else I can get cheap/free

Heck I don't even have to go watch a Warren Miller movie this season (though I might).
 

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I have a baby girl due in December so I'm not sure how that will affect my ski season. Probably less skiing. Really hoping to snag a Fox 44 ski card this year and see if I can get some variety on the cheap. Might only be able to do 20 days so that covers a lot of bases in itself.

Congrats!!! Wait til you can ski with the kid, big time fun! I think I got about 40 days in this year with my 5 year old twins. Nothing better. Ski days dropped big time for the first couple years. Wife was actually great about me getting a big western trip in each year though. But she would also get in a warm weather trip or two. Luckily I was always very comfortable taking care of them myself. So my guess is the more helpful your are when you're around the better chance of getting some ski time for yourself. It ain't always easy, but so worth it.
 

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I have a baby girl due in December so I'm not sure how that will affect my ski season. Probably less skiing. Really hoping to snag a Fox 44 ski card this year and see if I can get some variety on the cheap. Might only be able to do 20 days so that covers a lot of bases in itself.
Congrats! I concur with others here when your kids are 3 years old lessons start. While it is not difficult skiing it is one of the most exciting. Then they get better and better when as a teen they out ski you!

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