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Best ticket deals for the old folks?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
So now that I'm past the magic 70 mark, where are the best deals this season for the, uh, experienced skiers?
post #2 of 13

Any of the New York State owned ski areas ( Belleayre, Gore, Whiteface) offer free skiing to those 70+.

 

I think Mad River Glenn still offers free skiing to seniors but they limit the amount of days you can ski. If i remember correctly it's 4 days.
 

edit: MRG free senior tickets are weekday only & the limit is 5 days.

 

Double edit: NYS discontinued free 70+ lift tickets in 2010, sorry.


Edited by steamboat1 - 7/30/12 at 9:06am
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I love the Adirondacks but have never been there in winter. Have ridden lifts at Gore and Whiteface as a summer tourist. Now I'll have to try it. I hear nice things about Bellayre as an alternative to Huntah. Only about 4 hours from me in Philly.
post #4 of 13

Evan, I think you just nominated yourself to track down this kind of info.  The age 70 discounts aren't as ubiquitious as they used to be.

I did a very quick and not thorough websurf and got a couple of pass interesting pass deals for age 70 and over:

 

 

Timberline, WV:  $49

Canaan Valley, WV:  free

These two are close together and would make a nice combo, both in the 800-1000" vertical range, but it might be counterintuitive to head west from Philly, rather than north.

 

Saddleback, ME:  $100 

This is a pretty dang good mtn and may be worth the long drive to ski there for a week or two per winter at that price.  Near Sugarloaf, but not much for age 70 deals there.

post #5 of 13

You can get a free season pass at Whitefish if you're 70 or older.  

post #6 of 13
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You can get a free season pass at Whitefish if you're 70 or older.  

 

Damn! I have to wait 20 years for that deal.  Oh well, something to look forward to.  

post #7 of 13

No freebies at Alta.  There isn't any senior discount for day passes.  Can get a Ski Pioneer season pass for $49 . . . after reaching 80.  Age 65-79 is the same as college or young adult (18-25) for an unlimited pass, $599 instead of $999.

 

Massanutten (northern VA) has a senior rate for 62-69, free for 70+.  Kids under 5 are free too, but they have to bring a paying adult. :-)

post #8 of 13

Hmmmm.... I was under the impression that free skiing for those 70+ was almost universal, or at least that it used to be.

 

At my home hill, they charge $15 for a season pass if you're over 70, so it's almost free. (same price for 8 & under with a parent's pass)

 

The Boyne joint across the street has free skiing for 70+, but it looks like the only Boyne USA resorts that do this are the ones in Michigan.  This page http://utahtravelcenter.com/activities/skiing/brighton.htm claims that 70+ ski for $10/day at Brighton.

 

http://familyskitrips.com/Pages/SeniorSki.htm has details about discounts for seniors in New England.  Discounts/free seems to be not exactly the norm, but not that uncommon either.  It says that if you join the 70+ ski club you get a list of resorts that offer deals.   Were I eligible, I'd probably pop the $10 for the list alone.

post #9 of 13

Season passes at both Loveland and Abasin were under $100 last season for the 70+ crowd.

post #10 of 13
I paid $75 for my senior pass at A-Basin last season. Would have been OK if I'd been able to extend my season in April/May like the year before. So I got just six days in before my free Vail Resorts pass became useful. Hopefully they'll keep that rate this season. Can't get senior passes until they're about to open.
post #11 of 13
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Hmmmm.... I was under the impression that free skiing for those 70+ was almost universal, or at least that it used to be.

 

Things are changing.  A friend who lives in the PacNW had a goal of skiing past 70 so that she could ski for free at her local mountain.  But by the time she reached that milestone a few years ago, the definition of "senior" had changed to 75+.

 

Looks like Snowshoe in WV has nothing free for seniors.  70+ is a bit cheaper than student/military/60-69 but not by much.

 

Midweek at Alta there are lots of seniors who look like 70-79 all over the mountain.  And not just on good days.  They aren't staying on groomers either.  That's a lot of revenue to give up.  Have talked to a few on the lift.  They weren't locals.  Turned out to be retirees who spend the winter in SLC so they can ski Alta.

post #12 of 13

Here's another way to save for the 70+ folks.  Apparently has 3000+ members from all over the U.S.  Ski trips all over plus discounts at a long list of places.  Founded in 1977.

 

http://dev.70plusskiclub.org/

post #13 of 13

Check out Geigerrig hydro packs. They come with a ski passport that gets you discount and free lift tickets at mountains all over North America. Also, check out the Skullcandy Geigerrig thread here on epic ski to hear from others that have used and enjoyed the passport.

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