The Best Lift Ticket Deals for Senior Skiers
In a recent survey of skiers over 60 by SeniorsSkiing magazine, all respondents said their primary concern is the cost of lift tickets.
In the last seven years the number of all US skiers has dropped from 11 million to 9 million The cost of a ski trip is the main reason for this drop in skiers. Of the 9 million skiers half a million are over the age of 65. Skiers 68+ ski more days, 9.5 a year, than any other age group.
Because of the half million Seniors skiing every year I realized there was no place on the internet where seniors could look on a single page and see the
Best Lift Ticket deals in a region like Utah or California. I created a site so Seniors can find the best ski area lift ticket deals.
The first thing I discovered is if you buy your lift ticket online 2 days to a week before your first ski day you will save 20 to 40%, and a lot of Seniors are doing just that. Next if you plan on skiing for a week or more at one area buy a season pass in the fall. There are season passes like Epic which is owned by Vail that will let you ski at their 12 areas. The Mountain Collective is another pass which let you ski 2 days at 14 of the top US and Canadian areas, and half price off full lift ticket all season.
The one thing I learned in a hurry as a Senior Skier ( just turned 80) is my time on the slope on any day is like 2 or 3 hours instead of 7 or 8 hours. Second
The nice long intermediate runs are much more appealing than double black diamonds. Third some of the smaller less crowded ski areas are safer than
those crowded with teen skiers and snowboards.
At Lake Tahoe there are 13 ski resorts from Squaw Valley and Heavenly Valley to smaller but good for Senior Skiers. Squaw’s 65+ window price for a their lift ticket is $ 134 for one day. If you bought it 2 days ahead online it would cost $ 99. Homewood is a senior friendly resort 10 miles away on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. On the East side of Tahoe there are two ski areas next to each other, Mt. Rose and Diamond Peak. Both have the same vertical of 1800’ and 7 lifts. Mt.Rose age for Adults is 16 to 100 and costs $ 105 online. Diamond Peak’s tickets for 62 to 69 is $ 54 and 70+ is $ 29.The difference in lift deals is in every region. Aspen charges 65+ Seniors $ 54 online and Vail charges $ 159. In Vermont Stowe’s 65+ Lift Ticket is $ 82 while Jays Peak charges $ 57. In Utah Deer Valley’s 65+ is $ 98 and Park City’s is $ 50.