UPDATE: Where possible I have linked the resort's page detailing their military programs. I will update this post as I get more info
I have been meaning to do this for a while and with my upcoming PCS I have found myself with some time. We get quite a few military folks looking for advice on skiing and there are some killer deals out there if you know about them. So without further delay:
The first and best place to look for deals in general is at the local base Outdoor Rec Center, they will know about most of the local deals at all the mountains and often sell tickets there. They are also super cheap to rent from with package deals that are usually around $20 a day for everything. They usually have standard rental fleet equipment, nothing high end but every once in a while you will find one that has better stuff. They also organize trips that can be ridiculously cheap. Last year I visited my friend at Fairchild AFB and we did a trip to Schweitzer for $45 we
got two days of lift tickets, two nights at a hotel, transportation for the weekend and rentals. Most bases close to ski resorts will have free skiing days or something similar.
Here are more specific deals I know of for resorts:
For most of these Active Duty includes Reservists and National Guard but call/check their website to make sure
Smuggler's Notch offers a $39/day three mountain ticket during the midweek
Whiteface has a 35% discount off the day's lift ticket price
Sunday River offers $10 off the regular season day rate and has specific days with special pricing.
Vail Resorts offers active duty military lift tickets for $80/day to most resorts (a few are cheaper). Retired are $90/day
They also offer the Liberty Pass which is unlimited skiing at Keystone and Abasin for $239. This must be purchased at an Air Force base
Copper and Winter Park offer discounted season passes. There is also the Patriot Pass that includes both resorts (part of the WP link). The passes also come with days at a number of other resorts. Copper and Winter Park did offer discounted day tickets but I can no longer find the rates on their websites.
Monarch offers a season pass for $199 and it does qualify for the exchange rates.
Wolf Creek offers discounted lift tickets for $43/day.
Taos Ski Valley offers a $350 season pass to military and has a discounted day rate of $72/day. The season pass does not qualify for the exchange days. They also do a military appreciation weekend every year with $25/day tickets.
Sipapu is free for military most days. Major holidays and the spring break period they are not offered
Ski Santa Fe offers a discounted rate of $60/day
Perhaps the most ridiculous deal out there is Squaw/Alpine Meadows offering military a silver level season pass for a $25 donation to their Military to the Mountains program. It's a program that brings disabled veterans to Squaw to learn adaptive. It is just kicking off this year and looks to be a fabulous program that deserves donations on it's own merits.
Mt. Rose offers a discounted rate of $54/day
Homewood offers free military tickets on non-peak days and a 50% discount on peak days
Heavenly and Northstar offer the same rates as Breck, Vail and Beaver Creek. Follow the Vail link above for more info.
There are too many mountains out there for me to know them all so leave a post if it's not listed here or send me a PM and I'll do what I can to find out. If you know of a discount feel free to make a post adding it.
Edited by lonewolf210 - 1/8/16 at 1:43pm