Save Money Skiing And Riding With These 27 'Expert' Tips

Save Money Skiing And Riding With These 27 ‘Expert’ Tips

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Save money skiing and riding; photo Mammoth Mountain

There’s no way to get around it: Resort skiing is expensive. While skiing will never be a cheap sport, there are ways to keep prices under control. We brainstormed with some experts (read: ski bums) and came back with a few methods. Got other ideas? Share them in the comments section below to help your fellow skier save a buck. —Sean McCoy

Mike Horn

Mountain Tactical
Mike Horn is editor at and Kronicle Magazine. He employs every one of these tactics to sustain his board-bum existence in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Buy beer: It tastes good, and companies like Coors frequently feature discount ticket deals if you buy a 30-pack.

Get on the bus: A lot of ski areas offer some sort of free or discounted public transportation to the mountain. Otherwise be prepared to drop double-digit dollars for parking.

Grow a beard: You’ll look like a mountain man and save money on facemasks and sunscreen.

Get lost: As in, “Lost and Found.” You never know what you’ll find in what locals affectionately describe as the “free box.” Beware snotty facemasks, swampy mitts, and used handwarmers.

Be happy: Happy Hours are your best bet for affordable drinks and snacks.

Go early: Early-season tickets are often discounted, or even free (see Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s opening day).

Go often: If you’re planning to ride more than a few days at a given resort, take a look at their pass program. You could score a season pass for the price of a handful of day tickets, and passes often include additional free days at partner resorts.

See page 2 for tips from Brandon Quinn
See page 3 for tips from Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy
Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.