It’s no secret that skiing and snowboarding are typically expensive sports. Equipment, clothing, traveling costs and staying at the mountain add up quickly, and then there are lift tickets. Generally starting at about $50 for adults, some break the $100 mark—and those are only day passes.
These prices are hard on everyone’s wallet and nearly impossible on a college budget. Luckily, some mountains and resorts understand the plights of the hungry college skiers and boarders. Their empathy inspired us, so we compiled a list of some of the best deals in the Northeast.
The ranking criteria is somewhat subjective, based on lowest price, best value and proximity to colleges and major cities.
When we say deals we don’t mean $5 off a $100 lift ticket or rates that will expire in a matter of days, because those aren’t deals. This list features the best rates in the Northeast for the 2013-14 winter season.
The mountains on our list understand the value of attracting and keeping younger people in the sport. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), a trade association for ski area owners, explains why mountains need college students:
“Simply put, as Baby Boomers—a generation that helped build the industry into what it is today continue to age, they will begin dropping out of the sport at an alarming rate. Without an industry-wide effort focused on attracting newer, younger participants and converting them into loyal skiers and riders, ski areas could face dramatic declines in visitation in the not-so distant future.”
These discounts offer mutual benefits, so take advantage while you still have your college credentials. Dust off your equipment, pack up the car and don’t forget your student ID.