Skiing can be an expensive pastime. With the high costs of equipment, lift tickets and room reservations at resorts, a ski vacation might not seem feasible for the budget-conscious traveler. However, it is possible to plan an affordable ski getaway with a few tips and tricks.
If you plan on skiing more than once during the ski season, looking into ski passes can help you save big.
There are region- and mountain-specific multi-resort passes, with the biggest being Ikon Pass, Mountain Collective and Epic Day Pass. The Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective are pricier options that provide more value for dedicated skiers. The Epic Day Pass offers discounts of up to 50% and access to more than 30 popular destinations owned and operated by Vail Resorts. You can “build your own” pass and load it with between one and seven days worth of lift tickets, making it a good option for more casual skiers. Vail and Beaver Creek are charging $209 per day for a walk-up window ticket in 2019, but with an Epic Day Pass, one-day ski rates as low as $89 per day for adults. Much like ski vacations in general, rates for multi-resort passes can be lower during off-peak times of the year.
If you’re looking for more ways to plan the perfect ski vacation, here are the top tips you should follow.