'Which Lift Ticket' Dilemma?
31 Aug 2012 | James
Ski Bundle Lift Ticket tips - Making the informed choice
We hope that the information below will help with your ski lift ticket decision making process. Whether you are buying a multi-day lift ticket or season pass these guidelines should make life easier. Always know that we are here to answer any of your questions or concerns about buying the right lift ticket.
Date bracketsSo you are planning to ski in December and your dates cross over two price brackets. How do the ski resorts in the USA and Canada deal with this? Simply put, your first ski day determines what price you will pay for your lift ticket. For example, if there is a price change on the 15th December and your first ski day is the 14th - you will pay for the price of the multi-day lift ticket that is published on the 14th. This is a great way to manage higher season lift ticket prices - arrive the day before, have your first ski / snowboard day the day before a price increase occurs, and save a lot of money.
'5 out of 7 day' Lift TicketsI am sure that you have seen on our website the term '5 out of 7 days' to explain a lift ticket. What does this mean? SImply put, it means that you are buying 5 days on the mountain and have 7 days to use them in. Being able to use your lift ticket in a non-consecutive way allows you to make to most of your stay. Rest those legs for a big day on the ski slopes, take a day out to go shopping, or why not enjoy one of the many excursions such as snowmobiling. Most visitors to the ski resorts of North America from overseas stay for 7+ nights - the bonus of the non-consecutive lift ticket is that you only need rush when it suits you.
Season Lift PassesSome ski resorts have started offering season tickets that can be purchased early and represent better value than the traditional multi-day lift ticket. Whilst you do get a discount when buying a lift ticket for multiple days, the season passes often offer even better discounts. Consider the EPIC pass range of season passes that are available from Vail Resorts. If you are planning to ski any of the following resorts; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood or Arapahoe Basin, then one of these season passes is ideal for you. Savings on your lift ticket can be significant - the only catch is that they are not available for sale during the ski season. Get the best lift pass ski deal and buy yours early.
Kids Ski FreeEvery little bit helps when it comes to taking your family on a ski holiday or snowboarding trip. Most ski resorts offer some form of free lift ticket for young children, however the following resorts are of note as they allow free skiing for children up to the age of 6 years old
Most other resorts offer free lift tickets up to the age of 4 or 5 years old.
It is worth noting that Copper Mountain Ski Resort issues free lift tickets to any child up to the age of 12 years old when buying a 7+ day lift ticket with an adult (one child per adult)
RufundsThere are as many different refund policies for lift tickets and season passes as there are ski resorts in USA and Canada. To be safe, make sure you have adequate ski insurance to cover any such claim.
Ski Patrol assistance is includedUnlike skiing in Europe, here on the ski slopes of North America your lift ticket includes first aid on the ski slopes. Whether you are cruising the trails, skiing or riding through the Aspen trees or launching off a cornice that is in bounds, ski patrol will come to your assistance. It is very important to note however that what your lift ticket does not include is transportation from the first aid station at the base of the ski resort, or medical assistance at a hospital. As well as helping with injuries, the Ski Patrol also mange safety on the ski slopes. It is within their powers to confiscate your lift ticket if you are skiing or riding warp speed in a 'slow zone' or ducking under a rope into closed terrain. As with most things, 'free' comes at some
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