HOW TO SKI AFFORDABLY IN UTAH
Whether you’re a Salt Lake City local or looking to take a ski vacation, lift passes can greatly amplify the cost of skiing. This is especially true if you’re looking to ski with your entire family. Luckily, there are a number of ways to help make skiing affordable in Utah for you and your family. These Utah ski deals for the 2017/18 season are a great opportunity to either learn to ski or further explore Utah ski resorts. If you’re interested in skiing Utah on a budget, check out the options for affordable ski lift tickets below.
Night skiing can be an excellent option because not only are the passes cheaper, but the resorts are generally emptier as well. Skiing at night can also be a great break after a long day at work or school and allows you an alternative to skiing on the weekends. There are eight Utah ski resorts that offer night skiing- Brian Head, Snowbird, Sundance, Brighton, Nordic Valley, Cherry Peak, and Powder Mountain. It is important to note that most Utah ski resorts offering night skiing only offer skiing on a select few of their chairlifts and it is generally beginner or intermediate terrain.
Night skiing at Brighton is open from 4pm-9pm and includes Explorer lift, Majestic Lift, and Crest Express Lift. Night skiing is offered Monday through Saturday and starts in mid-December. Brighton also offers a number of promotions throughout the week that make skiing even more affordable. On Mondays, you can get four night skiing lift passes and a large pizza for $99. On Wednesdays, you can receive a buy one, get one free night skiing coupon if you purchase a combo meal at a participating Arctic Circle restaurant. If you’re just starting out with skiing then Thursday is the best time to go because you can get a two hour less and night lift ticket for just $50. Additionally, with a visit to Ken Garff West Valley, you can receive a 2- for- 1-night skiing voucher at any time.
Brian Head offers night skiing on Chair #3 Blackfoot for $20. Night skiing is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-9pm.
Most of Cherry Peak is open during night skiing, which is offered until 9 pm Monday-Saturday. Sunset passes are offered at $32 for adults and $25 for children 6-12 years old. The Sunset pass allows you to start skiing at 3 pm, which means you can still get in a few hours of daylight as well. Cherry Peak also offers special pricing for local city residents. For an all-area pass that includes both skiing and tubing, it is only $15.
Not only does Nordic Valley offer night skiing every day except Sunday, they also offer specials on night skiing every weekday night. Monday is family night, meaning four family members can ski for $50. Each additional family member can purchase a ticket for $15. On Tuesday, Jr. High through college students can purchase a night skiing pass for $15 with a student ID. On Wednesday, Nordic Valley offers specials to groups that preregister. Thursday nights the military, policemen, firemen, and EMTs can ski for $15. Lastly, Friday’s you can purchase a date night package for $30, which include ski passes for two people. Regularly, night skiing passes are $30 for adults and $22 for children. Night skiing at Nordic Valley starts at 3 pm and goes until 8 pm. Nordic Valley is one of the cheapest ski resorts in Utah.
Night skiing is available at Powder Mountain everyday from 3pm-9pm. There are two chairlifts that offer night skiing- Sundown and Tiger Tow. Lift ticket prices start at $24 for children and $29 for adults 13 years and older.
Snowbird offers night skiing every Friday and Saturday, conditions permitting. Skiing is limited to Chickadee, the beginner chairlift and is open from 5:30-8:30 pm. Night skiing is free for season pass holders and is $14 during off-peak season for an individual day ticket. Peak season pricing runs December 24th-January 2nd, January 13th-15th, and February 17th-20th, and the lift ticket prices rise to $16.
Night skiing at Sundance is available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The majority of the front mountain is open for night skiing, including the terrain park. The lifts are open for night skiing from 4:30-9pm. Night skiing is $40 for adults and $31 for children. However, Sundance also offers multiple deals on night skiing. Every Wednesday Sundance offers a 2-for-1 deal on night skiing passes. Additionally, they offer printable coupons on their website including $10 off night skiing and $43 lift pass and rental combination.
5th/6TH GRADE PASSPORT
Ski Utah offers an amazing skiing deal for students enrolled in 5th and 6th grade. Primarily funded by local organizations, the 5th and 6th Grade Passport allows adolescents the opportunity to explore new Utah ski resorts before deciding on their favorite resort. It also is an excellent opportunity to introduce your child to skiing because there is a minimal investment financially. The Passport is $35 dollars and provides 5th graders with 3 days of skiing at every resort in Utah, totaling 42 days. Sixth graders are provided one day of skiing at each Utah resort, which totals 14 days of skiing. In addition to skiing, the Passport includes discounts on ski and snowboard lessons, equipment rental, attractions, and a variety of other items. You do not need to be a resident of Utah to apply for the Passport and homeschooled students may also apply. Once the passport has been applied for online, it will take about one to two weeks to arrive in the mail. It must be shipped and cannot be printed at home. It is important to remember that some ski resorts have black-out dates during peak holiday times. Additionally, the fee increases to $45 after January 31, 2018.
SKI (ALTA) AFTER THREE
If night skiing isn’t your thing, but you’re still looking for an affordable way to learn to ski on a budget, ‘Ski after 3’ at Alta may be the best option for you. Individual day tickets are only $10 and provide access to Sunnyside chairlift. A Ski After 3 season pass allows you to ski an unlimited amount of times without going to the ticket window. If you purchase your season pass at the resort it is $39 dollars so make sure to purchase it online for $29. Sunnyside is open until 4:30 and the pass gives you access until close. The base area rope tows at Alta are always free and are open until 5 pm, which gives more flexibility to the Ski after 3 passes. This is a great option for students who are in school or younger children who cannot ski all day.
There are a large number of Utah ski resorts that offer free passes for younger children with the purchase of an adult pass. This enables parents to take their children out skiing while still skiing cheaply.
Children under 5 ski free with the purchase of an adult pass. There is one pass per adult and the adult must be in the immediate family. The paperwork for the child’s pass must be filled out at the same time as the adult pass.
Brighton offers free ski passes for children up to 10 years old. Children must be with a paying adult, but because of the higher age included, Brighton is a great place for families to learn to ski.
At Utah’s newest ski resort, children under the age of five can ski free with a paying adult.
Children aged 6 and under ski and ride for free, even without a paying adult.
Nordic Valley is very affordable for children, and children 6 years old and younger are free, even without a paying adult.
Kids 6 and under ski for free if they are with a paying adult.
Children aged 6 years old and younger can ski free with a paying adult.
Snowbird offers free passes for children who are 6 years old and younger as long as they are with a paying adult.
Children under 6 ski for free with the purchase of an adult pass.
With the purchase of an adult pass, children under age 6 are able to ski for free.
EPIC SCHOOLKIDS PASS
Students enrolled in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible for the Epic SchoolKids pass. This pass allows them to ski at Park City Mountain Resort five times for free. The pack also includes one free first-timer lesson and rental. Snowboard lessons are not available until children are 7 years old. The lesson and equipment rental must occur between December 2nd– December 16th, 2017 and January 16th– January 30th, 2018. The lift ticket dates are more flexible and are only restricted during peak holiday times. In order to qualify for the Epic SchoolKids Pack, parents must provide a copy of the student’s report card, transcript, or school ID from the state of Utah. Children that are homeschooled must provide proof of grade level. Parent’s must also provide a proof of Utah residency. The deadline for applying for the pass is October 8th, so make sure to apply before then. You may then receive the pass from the Park City ticket window at any time.
Sometimes being flexible with your ski schedule can be beneficial to your pocketbook and make skiing affordable for you and your family.
Midweek: Skiing during midweek is one of the easiest ways to quickly cut down on lift ticket prices while also escaping some of the crowds. Deer Valley, Solitude, Brighton, Snowbasin, Alta, and Sundance offer season passes that are only valid during Monday-Friday. Most midweek passes are void during the holiday season, including weekdays so be sure to plan ahead if purchasing one of these passes. However, the savings are usually at least $200 for each season pass. Larger resorts like Park City and Deer Valley also offer discount ski tickets for skiers Monday-Friday.
Fall/Spring Skiing- Snowbird stays frequently stays open through May and offers discounted season passes for those looking to briefly extend their season. Snowbird season pass holders can still use their season pass during this time, but this option allows others to ski from April 1st until close. Day lift tickets during this time at Snowbird are also discounted. Other Utah ski resorts that close down part of their resort in the spring or fall may also offer cheaper options for day lift tickets.
JANUARY LEARN TO SKI/SNOWBOARD MONTH
January Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month is a nationwide initiative to help increase the amount of people who are active in the mountains. As a large skiing and snowboarding state, Utah has a number of opportunities for individuals looking to begin skiing or snowboarding. Alta, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head, Brighton, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Solitude, and Sundance offer ‘Learn to Ski’ programs during January. Prices range from $45-50 and include a first timer lesson, full equipment rental, and a lift ticket, making this one of the most affordable ways to ski. Most of these packages are not available at the beginning of January as this is a peak holiday time. Some resorts require participants have age requirements as well. Make sure to call the ski resort ahead of time to reserve your spot and confirm availability.
Most ski resorts offer lower-priced tickets for individuals who are still learning to ski. These lift tickets usually include access to the beginner hill at least one other lift with easier terrain. If you’ve never skied before, then this is the best option for your first day or two because savings can be exponential. However, after a few days you will likely want to expand onto other parts of the mountain. At this point, you can look into one of the other options for skiing cheaply.
SKI SHOP PASSES
If you’re looking for a last discount ski tickets to Utah ski resorts, make sure to check your local ski shop before you head up the hill. Utah Ski Gear offers discounted day passes to nearby resorts that can be purchased either ahead of time or the day of skiing. The short detour on the way to the ski resort is well worth the possible savings, especially if you are purchasing them for your entire family. Plus it gives you a chance to pick up any last minute accessories you may have forgotten at home.
Once you’ve purchased your pass and gotten your gear, you’re ready to go! Want to always keep up with the latest deals to help make skiing more affordable? Check out Utah SKI Gear online or in our store at 9400 S 600 E, Sandy UT.