When I started skiing in the early 60's, single ride tics were available, though not everywhere. In those days, my season pass at Catamount, (went to school near there) was $50. That allowed all lifts weekdays and I had to pony up $2/day to ride the chair on weekends.
Today, most "resorts" ain't that much interested in selling lift tickets to day skiers, as they make their real bucks in real estate sales and rentals. Sure, they have to offer a ski product or even us addicted to the sport will stop coming.
Not that long ago, the cost of 5 or 6 days of lift tickets was a small percentage of the cost of the whole vacation, say to Colorado or Utah. Boy, those prices sure have snuck up
:!! A single day, off-the-street price at Vail this year was $92!!!! YOW!
I seriously doubt management is interested in the skier that is budget concious enough to want to buy a single ride. They would have to administer it and heavens knows they really hate handling cash at the window.
The point that was made anticipating that you may bolt for home or the movie theater, (especially in the East), after the first run, is a good one. Then they couldn't over-charge you for lunch, (I bring my own). BUT....they'd still have your parking moeny
, (still don't do that here in the East....yet).