To celebrate the first snowfall in my area (which happened today, mid-November!), the first post of my usual lift ticket rate roundup is here! This year, I outline the top 5 ski resorts near and dear to my heart. These ended up including a few of the larger ski areas that I can’t stop thinking about. I’m including deals for skiers and snowboarders as well as lift ticket rates, late season pass purchase payoff rates, and the new multi-pack options that are great for those that just aren’t getting to the mountain enough.
Ski Area Map – ChristinaSkis’ Version of the Mid-Atlantic
If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that every year I post a pre-season Lift Rate Roundup in honor of thefirst snow. With a new state, new job and rounding into my final year of a masters program, I just don’t have the bandwidth for full-time snow fun research. So, the 2019-2020 rates and deals will come out in phase posts (someone remind me).
Of course, it’s extremely opportunistic to purchase passes early to get the best rates on skiing and snowboarding this winter. If you haven’t, this table is for you. If you’re not sure of what something means, see the Key below this table.
My Favorite Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts (in no order)
ADULT W/E LIFT
PASS X PAYOFF
Seven Springs SouthwesternPennsylvania 33 trails, 750′ vert
$89 day $83 twi $49 night
Don’t miss early rates… Super7 the Deal
Super 7 Card = $435 ($62.14/lift)
Liberty Mountain South-CentralPennsylvania 16 trails, 620′ vert
Wisp Resort MarylandPanhandle 34 trails, 700′ vert
$84 day $79 8hr $69 4hr $39 night
$49 Mondays, LLR
4-Pack = $189 thru Nov 24 ($47.25/lift)
Snowshoe SouthEast West Virginia 60 trails, 1500′ vert
$109 day (no other)
Redic. Pass in March for $259
3-Pack = $159 thru Nov 14 ($53/lift)
Holiday Valley Southwestern New York 60 trails, 750′ vert
$88 day $85 8hr $77 4hr $38 night
Purchase online & save up to $10
Ultimate Night, 8 night tix = $207 ($23/lift)
LLR = Lift, Lesson & Rental, W/E = weekend, ES = Early Season
Pass X Payoff = how many times you have to ski or ride at the mountain to pay off your season pass *multi-packs are a good option if you don’t think you’ll go that much. Payoff if you purchase early season can result in amazing savings…
Wisp – Early Season (March) $279 unlimited Adult 30+ = 6x
Snowshoe – Early Season Pass (March) Adult 13+ $459 = 4.2x *Rediculous Pass is Rediculous early March Sale at $259 = 2.3x
Season Pass rates in the grid are listed at regular rates, if you buy now.
When the time comes, you’ll see two or three more posts with more stats. I am thinking of 1.) listing just Southwestern Pennsylvania resorts, 2.) a post with my favorite southwestern New York, Maryland and West Virginia mountains, and 3.) a fun one – “micro mountains” and the best places to learn. I’ll list Learn to Ski Daydeals to kick-off January, to boot!
Now that I’ve set some winter-season blogging goals, let’s see if I stick to it…
Oh man! A very late roundup of lift ticket and late season pass pricing is finally on the blog for the 2018-2019 season. Resorts in western PA and more have opened up this weekend, if they haven’t been open already! Check out the alpine skiing and snowboarding areas just a drive from anywhere in Western Pennsylvania and listed in PA, WV, MD and NY. The perfect places for a day or weekend trip–just be sure to check the web first for who’s officially open, because, well, that’s going to be changing on the daily. It’s only November!
Notes about this chart depicting lift ticket rates for the 2018-2019 season: the season pass rates depicted here are non-sale, late purchase pricing. Many of these resorts have spring or fall pre-season pass sales where the majority of them are sold (and when you should buy if you’re seriously considering owning a pass). Unfortunately I missed gathering info on that pricing, so you see the rack rate. All season pass rates are depicted as a single person, full access/classic season pass as purchased today. A few of these resorts are listed under Highland or Peak Pass, which means the resorts are part of a group and the passes have multi-mountain benefits. All lift tickets are set as a single, extended or 8-hour rate, whichever is the “most offered” at each resort.
Did I miss one of your faves that you can get to with an easy drive? Let me know in the comments. See you out there! ❄
My annual Lift Rate Roundup is back with all the info on mountain resorts in the tristate area. Here’s to the the non-season passers; the forgetful, the lazy and the last-minute (aka me), or the beginners that aren’t quite sure they love it (you will).
Below is an outline of ski areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia, along with New York for good measure. I simplified it this year with all prices reflecting adult rates. Because we’re all adults here, right?
*I guesstimated what was considered tristate somessage meif I am missing one of your favorites.
Ski Resorts PENNSYLVANIA
Weekend Lift Rate
Weekday Lift Rate
Late-Term Season Pass
Highlands Pass Above 3 Collective
NEW YORK for good measure
Peek n Peak
If you live nearby: Snowshoe is your best deal considering pricing and terrain.
2. If you’re going to purchase a pass late: Absolutely buy a Highlands Pass in lieu of any individual season pass this late in the game.
3. Make note of the Regional Resort Swap Program: If you have an Unlimited Season Pass to…
You are eligible for 1 complimentary pass and 50% off any full-priced pass after that, excluding Saturdays and holiday periods. *It looks like Snowshoe is out for 2018, with the Aspen Skiing / KSL Resorts purchase of Intrawest this year.
So there you have it! No excuses even if a season pass is not in sight. You have all the information you need to get out there and burn a hole in your pocket – all for the love of snow!