Tuesday, January 7, 2014

14 Deals and Discounts for 2014

Discover NY Skiing. 14 Deals and Discounts for 2014.

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If you have flexibility in your schedule, there’s no need to pay full rate for lift tickets. Listed below are the top deals and discounts I’ve found for 2014. All information is accurate at the time of publication, but be sure to check each ski area’s website for additional details. One more tip: “like” each ski area’s Facebook page to stay up to date on additional promotions that may be announced during the season.

#14 – Price Chopper Ski Any 3 coupon books – The $149 Big Mountain passbook gets you 3 full day lift tickets good at Gore, Whiteface, Bromley, Smuggler’s Notch, Jiminy Peak and Windham. There’s also a $119 Family Mountain passbook for West Mountain, Plattekill, Belleayre and several others. These coupons are good Sunday through Friday, non-holiday.

#13 – Take Your Kids to Gore Weeks - Kids 19 and under ski and ride free with a full paying parent all week, Tuesday, January 21 through Sunday, January 26. If you miss that, there’s a second week scheduled for Monday, March 17 through Sunday, March 23. A family of 4 can ski for $150 on the weekend, $120 mid-week (note: Thursdays and Fridays are weekend rate). This is one of the very few ski discounts available on a Saturday.

#12 – The ISKINY Free for Kids Passport program is available to 3rd and 4th graders from anywhere. Fill out the application and submit it with your child’s 3rd or 4th grade report card and a $22 processing fee. You will then receive a booklet of coupons good for free lift tickets when an adult purchases a lift ticket. Three coupons per ski area are included in the booklet. Ski Vermont has a similar deal for 5th graders.

#11 – Gore and Whiteface Coca Cola “Why Not Wednesdays” – $42 lift tickets all winter on non-holiday Wednesdays. Bring a Coca Cola product to the ticket window.

#10 – Whiteface Super Sundays – $40 lift tickets on January 5, February 2, March 16 and April 6. Each Super Sunday has a theme and there will be food & drink specials in the Cloudspin Lounge plus fun slope-side games.

#9 – Ski and Ride Free 2-for-1 lift tickets – Fill up three times (8 gallons or more) at participating gas stations for a 2-for-1 lift ticket discount at participating ski mountains, including Gore, Hickory, West Mountain, Willard Mountain, Whiteface, Bromley, Jay, Mad River Glen and many others. Restrictions vary at each participating ski area, but in general the 2-for-1 discounts are available Sunday through Friday, non-holiday. A similar deal (10 gallons or more, different gas stations, different ski areas) is available at Irving gas stations.

#8 – Bromley Mountain, located near Manchester, VT, offers a 2-fer Tuesday (non-holiday) for skiers who purchase their tickets online. You and a buddy ski for less than $25 each. Also, on Family Fridays (non-holiday) adult lift tickets are $49 and kids are just $15 (up to 3 kids per adult), so Mom, Dad and 2 kids ski for $128. Both promotions area available all winter.

#7 – Mount Snow St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Sunday, March 17 - $17 lift ticket. If you find the Pot-O-Gold that’s hidden somewhere on the mountain you’ll win a season pass good for next winter. Lift tickets must be purchased in advance. Mount Snow has a couple other discounts worth checking out, including Youth Pay Their Age Day on January 5, and 2-for-$49 lift tickets on Valentine’s Day. Watch their website next ski season for Founder’s Day on December 12, when Mount Snow celebrates its birthday by offering a limited quantity of $12 lift tickets.

#6 – West Mountain – $17 lift ticket good from 5 to 9pm on Monday and Tuesday nights all winter.

#5 – Magic Mountain Throwback Thursdays - $15 lift tickets on “non-powder” Thursdays.

#4 – Willard Mountain – 2-for-$30 Thursday nights, ski from 4 to 9pm for $15 per person on non-holiday Thursday nights all winter. Also, Tuesdays are $20 adult nights.

#3 – McCauley Mountain Crazy Fridays – $12 lift tickets on non-holiday Fridays, offered all winter.

#2 – Mad River Glen $3.50 Roll-Back-the-Clock Day on January 28 and $14 Kiss-Your-Honey Valentine’s Day, February 14. Note that for the Valentine’s Day deal you MUST kiss at the ticket window – could be a deal breaker depending on who your ski partner is. Also, on Monday, April 1, act like a fool at the ticket window for a 2-for-1 lift ticket.

#1 –Discover NY Skiing is 2014’s #1 deal: $12.00 tickets will be available for Thursday, January 9 at almost two dozen participating New York ski areas. Tickets are limited and vary in quantity for each participating ski area. As of today, tickets were still available for all mountains.

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