I took this semester off. I'm going back in the spring. As far as lift tickets, that's the only thing I have money for. I'm still being fed on "Daddy's dime." As I think I mentioned to you once before I play my guitar in the subway for lift ticket money. And no, I don't get that many freebies, but I do know how to get sick discounts, and I have a flexible schedule that allows me to bend to a mountain's discount day schedule.
Magic Mountain CT/MA discount days $15 - 1/17, 1/31, 2/7, 3/7, 3/22
Cannon - 2 for $40 on tuesdays and thursdays, and 2 for $45 on super bowl sunday (awesome deal)
Tenney - 2 for 1 every friday, even holiday weeks ($29 regular, $37 holiday, this breaks down to either $14.50 or $18.50 a person)
A variety of other deals exist. If anybody wants to know about deals in VT, NH, ME go ahead and PM me. I keep pretty close tabs on things, so I might be able to inform that way, and I'm most happy to help. I'm also willing to go halvesies (sp?) with people on 2 for 1 days. I have 2 for 1 as a personal discount at many other places as well, way too many to list here. (RSNE discount card). [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
Another thing is that I have lodging hookups either through friends or relatives throughout ski country. So I often don't have to pay more than a case of beer or bottle JD for lodging. It all takes great planning but I manage to log 50+ days a season on a student budget. Naturally I can't do this out west without a summer of price check homework.