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 is editor at stokelab.com 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