How to Save Up to 85 Percent on Ski Lift Tickets

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Is a family ski trip on your bucket list this winter? With adult lift tickets at marquee ski resorts sometimes topping $100 a day, families are always looking for ways to chip away at the cost of a getaway on the slopes.

Your next family ski trip just got cheaper, thanks to a game-changing pricing system from Liftopia, the largest online and mobile marketplace for ski lift tickets and mountain activities at more than 250 ski areas in North America, including the top 20 family-friendly ski resorts.

What makes Liftopia different is flexibility. Buying ski lift tickets online and in advance has always been a smart move, but unless you were investing in a season pass you needed to know your dates before making your purchase. Liftopia's new triple-tiered pricing is different because it lets you get in on discounts even before you have inked in your ski trip plans. If you have nailed down definite dates, you can save significantly more. 

“Since prices move up over time, consumers can have confidence that the farther they buy in advance the more they will be rewarded for their commitment,” said Evan Reece, co-founder and CEO of Liftopia.

Here's how Liftopia's pricing works:

Start by narrowing down your ski destination down to a region, state, or specific resort.

  • Value lift tickets offer the deepest discounts with savings up to 85 percent off walk-up window rates when purchased in advance. They are date-specific, non-refundable and non-changeable. This option is ideal if you know the exact dates of your ski vacation.
  • Value Plus lift tickets offer the next-deepest discounts with savings of 40 percent or more off walk-up window rates. They offer added flexibility, allowing a one-time date change during the season. This is a great option if you are fairly confident in your ski dates, but you'd like some insurance in case of unpredictable weather or any snafu.
  • Flexible lift tickets offer the most flexibility with unlimited date changes during the season. 

If you change your Value Plus or Flexible tickets to dates that are more expensive, you'll just pay the difference in price. You'll never be charged separate change fees.

Families can also purchase discounted equipment rentals, lessons, meal vouchers, and more through Liftopia.com and the Liftopia mobile app.

Looking for more ways to save? Check out these family ski vacation packages and deals and resorts where kids ski and snowboard for free.

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