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 www.KeystoneTickets.com.*
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.
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