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Winter Savings Blog Post

A Ski Town Local Teaches You How to Save on Your Next Winter Vacation

I’ve been living in a ski town for most of my adult life. I’ve helped countless friends, family members, family friends, and friends of friends save on their ski vacation when they decide to come out west. Here are my go-tos on saving some potentially big bucks:
Skiers Enjoying  A Snow Day

1. Flexible Vacation Dates
We have this word out here – Peak – and that means there a lot of vacationers so resorts can charge top dollar. If you can avoid coming during peak timeframes, you will save on everything from lodging to lift tickets. There are many timeframes considered off peak (early December, January, February, some weeks in March and April), where you will encounter less crowding and cheaper rates on lodging accommodations. Also, any time you can avoid a weekend and come mid-week, you’ll notice a sizeable difference in lodging costs and crowding on the mountain, parking lots, restaurants, etc. Just call your resort’s local vacation planning phone number, or go online and look for Vacation Deals and you’ll save 20-50% on your lodging accommodations. 
Holidays at Keystone

2. Take Advantage Of FREEBIES
I recommend that you book your lodging direct with the resort that you are staying with, such as Keystone Resort Property Management. The lodging rates are competitive, you’ll be on resort rather than 10 miles down the road, you’ll have in resort 24 hour customer service and most importantly you get this fun thing called ‘Play For Free’. If you book two or more nights you’ll also receive: Free Night Ski on Day of Arrival, Free Ice Skating admission & 20% off skate rentals, Free Yoga or Fitness Class and Free 1 hour Tennis Court rental. PLUS, yes there is still more, if you have kids 12 and under they ski for free at Keystone. That’s right! When you book 2+ nights, all kids 12 and under can ski for free. This offer has no blackout dates and is valid all winter season.

Also, keep your eye out for semi-annual sales and Book By offers. Keystone does a few big sales such as the 96 Hour Sale and Cyber Monday Sale where you won’t find better discounts on lodging. If you sign up for emails, you’ll never miss a discount or offer again!

Rates From $119 On Winter Lodging
Powder Days. Groomer Days. Cozied up by the Fire Days. Whatever your mountain style, Keystone's two full-service hotel properties offer a convenient way to enjoy Rocky Mountain fun. Rates start as low as $119 when you chose the Inn at Keystone or Keystone Lodge & Spa.

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Kids 12 and under ski FREE with any two or more night stay, every day, all season long, no blackout dates! It's the simplest, most valuable Kids Ski Free program around, so don't miss out!

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3. Save On Lift Tickets - Buy Online

Never ever buy your lift tickets at the window. Once you’ve nailed down your travel dates, go online and buy your lift tickets in advance. When you purchase in advance, especially during off-peak timeframes, you can save up to 25% on your lift tickets. Plus, if the weather is bad or a child gets sick, you can get a refund on any tickets that you don’t use.

The best way to do that is to buy them online, seven days or more in advance of your trip and you'll save about 20-25%. Do not walk up to a lift ticket window to buy, or they'll be a lot more expensive. Vail Resorts Inc. owns Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge, so a multi-day ticket will work at all of the owned resorts, plus Arapahoe Basin, who they partner with. So you could buy a 5-day ticket, for example, and get to go to multiple resorts with the same ticket. You can browse lift tickets at*

winter skier at Keystone
4. Explore More Of The Mountain With A Lesson

One important question that I always ask my friends and family when I’m helping them plan their trip is whether they’ve skied before or if children have done so. This is huge. If you are planning a trip out west – to Colorado – then you want to be able to explore all of the massive amounts of terrain at the resorts. These ski resorts have so much to explore and if you don’t feel completely comfortable on your skis or board then take a lesson. Once again, take a lesson. I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve witnessed a family or couple having no fun because one member of the party isn’t able to get down the ski trail. If you were going scuba diving for the first time, you’d probably take a lesson, right? So consider skiing or snowboarding to be similar.

Even though my hope is that you never pay top dollar to take a ski vacation, if you are going to spend a sizeable chunk of money to come to Colorado, seriously, do yourself or family a heck of a favor and consider taking a lesson. And if you book online, in advance of your trip, you could save up to 10%! The resorts offer countless lesson types based on age and experience. Some people immediately steer away from a Private Lesson, but did you know that up to 6 friends or family members can join the private lesson and if you do the math, the price isn’t very intimidating after all. Plus, I guarantee it will make the rest of your time on the ski trails so much more pleasurable. You will have increased confidence and will get to explore much more of the terrain that you’ve already committed so many of your hard-earned dollars on.

*Some rules and restrictions apply.

Sleigh Rides at Keystone

Endless Fun, On and Off the Mountain

At Keystone, skiing and snowboarding is just the beginning. From ice skating to Nordic skiing, snowmobiling to scenic gondola rides, wine  tasting to snow tubing, or snowshoeing to sleigh rides, there’s something for everyone at Keystone.
Family Dinner at Keystone

Dining Experiences You'll Never Forget

It’s not everywhere that you can take a moonlight gondola ride to a fondue dinner, or sip award-winning wines overlooking the mountains.  But you can do all this and more at Keystone.

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