Nothing beats a ski trip to Mount Snow — except a ski trip to Mount Snow that costs less than the sticker price. The mountain's 85 trails are lined with hundreds of state-of-the-art snow guns and their output gets finished off by one of America's most respected grooming fleets. Add an array of mountainside dining options and a bustling base area, and it's no wonder that prime-season lift tickets can top out near $90. That's a price the savvy skier can steer clear of, though, as long as you plan your trip in advance and pay attention to the abundance of Mount Snow deals available.
Find Online Lift Tickets in Advance
One of the best ways to find cheap Mount Snow lift tickets is to buy them online before your trip. Depending on the day and how far ahead you're able to plan, this Mount Snow ticket deal can save you as much as 70% off the retail price.
There are a couple of different outlets for advance lift tickets online. One is the online Mount Snow ticket window. Just enter your visit dates and click to start saving. This option is especially useful for families and first-time visitors because deals can include rental equipment and other goodies.
Other ticket sellers like Liftopia are a good option too. On Liftopia, you can buy discount ski tickets months in advance. You'll notice that the lowest prices are available on days when you wouldn't expect the mountain to be crowded—weekdays and non-holiday periods—the perfect excuse to take a couple days off from work.
Ski on Discount Days
Mount Snow treats skiers and riders to a handful of special ticket discount days across the season. Get out your calendar and highlight these bright blue — it's time to make the Bluebird Express an official part of your schedule. Keep an eye on Mount Snow's website since these discount days can change from year to year.
Founder's Day - Mount Snow sold its first tickets on December 12, 1954, and has been known to celebrate that anniversary with steeply discounted rates. 2014 marks the mountain's 60th year in operation, with $12 tickets and an array of other giveaways and deals around the hill.
Youth Pay Their Age Day - The kids are growing up too fast, and here's one more reason they ought to slow down: one day each year, skiers and riders under 18 can pay their age to ski at Mount Snow. Yes, that's really $9 for a nine-year-old.
Valentine's Day - Mount Snow usually runs a couples' deal on or around Valentine's Day. As of 2015, it's $49 for two tickets, leaving plenty left over for a romantic evening. Like most of these deals, you have to hit it online a few days before the event, so get your cupid's arrow ready in advance.
St. Patrick's Day - Don that bright green parka you've been saving since 1995, pull a couple of glass mugs from the freezer and toast the luck of the Irish, because the Mount Snow St. Patrick's Day deal means you ski for just $17.
Sign Up for Email Newsletters
We know you've got that one email account with 8,257 unread messages that you use to sign up for different businesses' mailing lists. Ski-related email newsletters are different, though. When you type your real email address into the box at mountsnow.com, you're signing up for thoughtful updates on snow and conditions, and, best of all, reminders about lift ticket deals. Can't remember when Youth Pay Their Age Day is coming up this year? Mount Snow's magic email wizards are going to let you know at least once. Here are a few other must-have email newsletters for Vermont lift ticket deals:
Ski Vermont Newsletters - Get your Vermont lift ticket deals right from the source via the Vermont Ski Areas Association. As a bonus, their website has ski conditions, snowstorm totals, and more from all around the state aggregated in one spot. Keep an eye on the site's Deals tab, too. One of the most popular ongoing Ski Vermont Deals is the Fifth Grade Passport (link to YouTube video), which lets fifth graders from any state ski for free in Vermont.
Boston.com Newsletters - Boston.com offers an array of newsletters available on one signup form, and the one you want is aptly named SkiMail. It's another prime source for mountain updates and New England lift ticket deals. Follow the Ski Guru Blog http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/specials/ski/blog/, too, but be warned — keeping this well-connected with the ski world might have unexpected side effects, like the desire to quit your job and finally just move to Vermont.
No matter how many Mount Snow deals we rack up or how much snow is pounding the slopes, most of us can't just drop everything for a new life in the mountains. Once in a while we can come pretty close, though. That coveted three-day weekend or a stretch of saved-up vacation days is just enough to remind us what winter really feels like. When it's time to plan your ski trip, there's one more deal to be had: Vermont rental homes are available just minutes from Mount Snow at great rates, with all the space and amenities you'd expect in your own little slice of Vermont.