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Discount Vail lift tix?

post #1 of 12
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Hi All,

 

Family trip to Vail this weekend, first time on skis for my 4 year old and I am as excited about that as any POW day.   I have done some research on-line (to include Craig's list) and can't seem to find much in the way of discount tix for Vail.  I think they are the most expensive lift ticket in the country and I really do NOT want to pay full price if I can avoid it for myself and my wife.  Any suggestions?  Their discounted tix don't kick in until the weekend after this one..so no joy there.  We may hit Copper 1 day to reduce cost some and my local friend who we are staying with is doing some digging as well.  I just wanted to check here to see if there were any obvious deals out there that I have missed in my research.  Any advice would be appreciated. 

post #2 of 12

Vail gives almost no discounts.

 

Suggestions:

 

-Might want to do a 2012-2013 season pass.  You will get spring benefits in April for Vail for the Epic Local pass.  Will pay for itself if you get at a trip in next year.

Call them and see if they offer the program where you can apply 1days ticket towards season pass (Strategy is then you can get Saturday the 31th for the same price; then april starts on Sunday).  

If you do this, I suggest to confirm everything in person when you arrive and not commit to anything by pre-paying online.  

 

-Find someone with a current season pass and beg if they have buddy tickets left (better) or skiwithafriend tickets left(meh, but better than nothing) and are going when you are going.

 

-bring sandwiches and other lunch and save on money that way. 

 

-buy mega millions lottery tickets and hope you hit it

 
-you already have lodging, but if you didn't any of the vail resorts Vacation packages through their website actually come out to discount the tickets somewhat in the packages versus if you arranged all your travel yourself or outside. 

Edited by raytseng - 3/28/12 at 3:35pm
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

Vail gives almost no discounts.

 

Suggestions:

 

-Might want to do a 2012-2013 season pass.  You will get spring benefits in April for Vail for the Epic Local pass.  Will pay for itself if you get at a trip in next year.

Call them and see if they offer the program where you can apply 1days ticket towards season pass (Strategy is then you can get Saturday the 31th for the same price; then april starts on Sunday).  

Pretty sure that the spring benefits are just extra Vail?BC days in April 2013 and summer 2012 lift access, nothing for this ski season- worth asking, but a long shot IMO. 

 

If you do this, I suggest to confirm everything in person when you arrive and not commit to anything by pre-paying online.  

 

-Find someone with a current season pass and beg if they have buddy tickets left (better) or skiwithafriend tickets left(meh, but better than nothing) and are going when you are going.  This will save you a few bucks- does your friend have a season pass?  If not, you could see if any Bears will be around.  I will likely be out this weekend, but probably not Vail.

 

-bring sandwiches and other lunch and save on money that way. 

 

-buy mega millions lottery tickets and hope you hit it

 
-you already have lodging, but if you didn't any of the vail resorts Vacation packages through their website actually come out to discount the tickets somewhat in the packages versus if you arranged all your travel yourself or outside. 

 

Your 4 yo is free this year...next year you have to hit Copper, Loveland, Aspen and possibly A-Basin, WP or Steamboat to get free tix for a 5 yo.
 

 

post #4 of 12

http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/pass-benefits/spring-benefits.aspx

 

Spring benefits for reference.  Note that the april skiing at vail/bc is only for epic Local and not for Epic.  There's no written documentation of the applying the day pass towards before the offices close at the end of the day, but this maybe available.   Again, call Vail to confirm and buy in person rather then trust yahoos on the internet. 

 

Good luck and have fun

post #5 of 12
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• Unlimited April 2013 skiing and riding at Vail and Beaver Creek
 

 

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post

• Unlimited April 2013 skiing and riding at Vail and Beaver Creek
 

 


 

 

ah, i stand corrected...Hmm...

 

At heavenly/northstar they are offering the apply current day to 2013seasonpass+ get 1 extra ticket good for april, so if that is also offered at Vail,that can take care of 2days in your trip if you can commit the money to this sport and a trip next year.  Worth a call to confirm since this isn't really advertised in stone.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks ME and Rays...appreciate the attempts to be creative.  My friend typically has a pass but she didn't ski much this year and I think did not get one. She is working an angle through her family so we may yet get lucky.  I almost NEVER pay full-price, so its hard for me to swallow that but I may end up stock in the grips of the Evil Empire!  :) I will continue my hunt and I run across anything that can benefit others in the community, I will pass along. 

post #8 of 12

If your skiing with your 4 year old all day, you won't see much of the hill?   Do any of the area's offer a lower mountain ticket?

When I was teaching my kids, Snowmass had a lower mountain ticket that covered three lifts and a fair amount of terrain for $15?

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

If your skiing with your 4 year old all day, you won't see much of the hill?   Do any of the area's offer a lower mountain ticket?

When I was teaching my kids, Snowmass had a lower mountain ticket that covered three lifts and a fair amount of terrain for $15?


Could try the Golden Peak area of Vail, but one of the things that I don`t like about certain Vail resort mountains is the attempt to put the magic carpets up the mountain so you need to ride the gondola to get to it.  When I was there last Sunday, it looked like you needed to take the gondi to get to the magic carpet and beginner lift.  

 

Haven`t been this year, but Copper has been much better about this in the past- free magic carpets at the base and a $10 tix for the beginner lift between Center and East Village.

 

post #10 of 12

keep taking a look at craigslist, i think that's your best bet for discounts as the season is winding up, and the few people with vouchers look to liquidate what they have.

post #11 of 12

When Boot and I were at Vail last weekend we were approached a few times by people offering to sell their buddy passes to save money, so you can hope for that.  Do bring food or at least bottles of water to drink.  Robin and I usually pick up a sub and split it and bring bottled water. I can't imagine feeding a family a Vail on the mountain or go to a restaurant back more in town.  Last Saturday we decided just to eat on the hill and it cost me $28.00 for two clam chowder a water and Gatorade at the top of the hill.  It was $4.50 for water and $5.85 for the Gatorade.  The soup was $7 ish, can't quite remember.  So definitely bring drinks with you.

 

I've never found discount tickets for Vail and if you park there it's another $20.00 to $25.00 so you will want to take a shuttle from where you're staying if you are not on hill.  I don't think they exist unless you have a pass of a professional alliance.

post #12 of 12

yea, the discount tickets/vouchers maybe like unused corporate group package tickets or things of that nature....  There's really nothing for an individual

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