Buy Before You Go And Save.

Bargains are out there if you look. Credit: SaratogaSkier
Bargains are out there if you look.
Credit: SaratogaSkier

We’ve just discovered GetSkiTickets.com, an online marketplace for advance purchases of discounted lift tickets, lessons, rentals, group lift tickets and season passes. The service is designed for people who know the specific dates they’ll be using the passes.

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Here’s a new online way to get discounted ski tickets. Credit: GetSkiTickets.com

Prices tend to be lower when purchased farthest in advance, somewhat like your airline tickets.

Purchasers receive an email confirmation, print out the voucher and present it at the ticket office with a photo ID. The ticket office exchanges ticket(s) for the voucher. Starting this season, the vouchers can be implemented via smart phone and tablet.

The group has 50 US and Canadian resorts participating for 2015-16, some with special rates for seniors.

According to Brandon Quinn, who started the business in 2008 with wife Heather, GetSkiTickets.com doubled in growth last season. While he, understandably, won’t give out sales figures, the reasons for growth are evident: discounted tickets, seeing available pricing options on a single screen, and ease of purchase.

GetSkiTickets.com is easy to navigate and understand. Select your dates, and the cost appears in an oval window with the amount to be saved shown below in red. Participating resorts are listed by state, and each resort shows snowfall for last 48 hours.

Resorts also may offer discounted advance purchase tickets on their own sites, so it’s worth checking that option, as well— similar to what many travellers do when booking air travel and hotels.

Other places to to visit:

GetSkiTickets.com’s larger rival Liftopia.com which also lets skiers buy in advance at 250 ski areas in North America as well as international destinations.  

SkiForFree.com specializes in bargains at California ski resorts.  

SlidingOnTheCheap.com has a wide range of discounts in areas from famous to obscure.

Every skier knows that simply getting to the mountain can be a hassle. Visiting an online discount aggregator can remove some of the aggravation.

Anyone know about other sites that offer discounted ski passes?

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