by Kristi Stanford
It’s the number one non-lodging question we are asked by our Book Breck Vacation Homes guests during ski season. With the soaring costs, it’s no wonder everyone wants to know if there is a good deal to be found. If you are planning a trip to a Summit County ski resort, here are the answers for discounted lift tickets:
Breckenridge opened for the 2018-2019 ski season on Nov 7, 2018. The season is off to a phenomenal start with 5 feet of snow on the ground on opening day!
The days when Vail Resorts allowed third-party vendors to sell lift tickets are long gone. They formerly could be purchased at King Soopers or a local ski shop at a discounted price. Vail Resorts no longer allows other businesses to sell on their behalf. They want you to purchase from their own individual resort websites (find links below).
Vail Resorts guarantees lower prices cannot be found anywhere other than on their websites. For the absolute best online prices, tickets must be purchased 7 days in advance. Tickets purchased online within 7 days of arrival are still discounted off the window price along with priority access to the ticket window for pickup meaning less time in line.
The cutoff date for the season pass is tentatively set for December 2, 2018. If you miss the cutoff date for a season pass and plan to ski just a few days, buy a 3-day-pack, 4-day-pack, or even up to 14-pack for cost savings off the daily rate.
Vail Resorts offers tiered pricing that varies according to dates and conditions. On an early- or late-season day when not all lifts and/or runs are open, prices can be 30% or more lower than during the holidays or regular season; however, these must be purchased online in advance to get such big savings.
If you’ve got a buddy who has a season pass, see if he/she can set you up with a buddy pass or ski with a friend ticket. These are both discounted daily lift tickets. The discount varies according to time of season. Call the lift ticket office directly for pricing and know that your buddy has to be with you to purchase a buddy or friend pass.
Keep in mind, you will not see it advertised at the ticket window or even online, but you do not have to pay for the entire day! Half-day and late-day tickets are for sale at significantly lower prices, again in tiers depending on the time of season. For example, at Breckenridge a half-day ticket goes on sale at 12:00 pm for $129* versus $137 during the holiday. This is a $32 savings off of a full-day ticket. A late-day pass goes on sale at 2:00 pm for $81. These prices drop even further late season in April. (*Prices subject to change according to date).
With half-day or late-day tickets, you won’t be getting first tracks, but often you will find that you’ll miss the lunch crowd at noon, or have the slopes to yourself near closing time when those who started early have tired out and called it quits for the day. If you go half day or late when the snow is falling all day, you’ll still find fresh tracks and soft snow. Half-day and late-day tickets are only available for purchase at the ticket window on day of use. You can call the ticket office for the Vail Resort of your choice directly for daily pricing information. The Breckenridge lift ticket office number is (970) 496-5455 or (970) 754-0012.
Purchase lift tickets online through one of these links:
For more information on daily ticket prices not found online at any of the Summit County Vail Resorts (Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin), call Vail Resorts at (970) 754-0011, 8am to 8pm MT, Mon – Fri or 8am to 6pm MT, Sat – Sun
Active military personnel can purchase a full-day lift ticket for a deep discount on regular season dates.
Keystone/Arapahoe Basin Pass: The best deal for unlimited skiing and riding in Colorado. Only $369 for unlimited skiing at both resorts. Prices go up on Oct 7, 2018. Another little known secret: Passholders of the Keystone/A-Basin pass can buy daily lift tickets at Breckenridge for up to 50% off the face price.
For Copper Mountain and Loveland, King Soopers in the Front Range area sells lift tickets for Copper Mountain and Loveland inside the store.
You can also check out Liftopia for discount tickets to Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Loveland. Note that Arapahoe Basin is a Vail Resort Partner, but not owned by Vail Resorts so their tickets can be purchased on Liftopia, however, since Vail Resorts guarantees the best prices, tickets for Arapahoe Basin are actually less expensive at www.arapahoebasin.com than on Liftopia ($7 less on average).
Kids Ski Free: The 2018-2019 Kids Colorado Pack offer will expire Oct 7, 2018. If you missed out, make a note to get in on the deal next year. Kids K-5 can ski FREE with the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack for 4 days at each of these Vail Resorts: Breckenridge, Vail, Keystone, and Beaver Creek. This great program also includes one free first-timer ski or ride lesson with equipment rental.
A best-kept secret for beginners and/or first-time skiers is the ski hill at Frisco Adventure Park. No crowds, no intimidation, and no big cash out of pocket. Ski all day for $30. Kids 4 and under ski free.
Did we answer your question? You can always count on your hosts at Book Breck Vacation Rentals to provide you with the information you need to make your Breckenridge vacation the best it can be during all seasons of the year. Whether you stay at our smallest 2-bedroom vacation rental or our most opulent 6-bedroom vacation rental, high quality service to our guests is top priority. Book Breck Vacation Homes has been voted Top 3 Best of Summit Vacation Rental Company for 2017 and 2018.