Western Pennsylvania Ski Resorts: 21-22 Lift Rate Roundup

Western Pennsylvania Ski Resorts: 21-22 Lift Rate Roundup

Now that I’ve gotten West Virginia’s Lift Rate Roundup done, it’s due time I give a little love to my home state: Pennsylvania.

You may have heard the news… that the trifecta – Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain – just got bought by Vail Resorts and will officially be on the Epic Pass train next year. Don’t worry about that just yet, though! We’re still relishing the sweet old days before the corporate takeover. Enjoy every ounce of this season.

With that, I’ve dug up any deals I could find for this season, such as multi-day pack options for skiers and snowboarders, which are great for those that missed the Spring Season Pass sales earlier in the year (looking into those sales is highly recommended).


Dynamic Pricing

Let’s talk about dynamic pricing for daily lift tickets. There’s no running from it now. You will purchase your lift ticket online and prices will fluctuate from the rack rate based on demand for the day. For example, popular weekends will be priced higher than a “regular” weekend, however, you will also see a price difference in Saturday vs Sunday based on 1.) past demand trends and 2.) how many tickets have already been purchased. Basically, you want to take a look and book early rather than waiting until the last minute to decide your fate (and your ticket price). For the rates listed in my Lift Rate Roundup chart below, if marked dynamic that means I went in today, 12/11 and looked at a holiday rate (NYE/NYD) to get that price.

Check out this screenshot of Snowshoe’s dynamic pricing structure for December. Note the fluctuations during holiday weeks. This pricing is simply subject to change.

Snowshoe Mountain’s dynamic online ticket sales for December 2021.

Top Resorts to Ski in Western Pennsylvania

If I had to tell you where to ski in Pennsylvania, my top 3 recommendations are:

  1. Seven Springs is where you want to be for the weekend. Great party scene (although covid) and general fun for the 21+ crowd.
  2. If you’re new, Hidden Valley is the place to be. This low-key ski area is very family friendly and great for beginners to learn (I learned here).
  3. Blue Knob is a drive from Pittsburgh but is old-school and worth a visit. Hit this on a midweek pow day and you’ll be smiling ear to ear!

    Notable Mention – Snowshoe, WV is worth the drive for the weekend. Book a lodging deal and have fun at one of the biggest resorts around.

PA Ski Resort Lift Ticket Rates

This chart includes resorts throughout southwestern, central, and northwestern Pennsylvania (and southwestern NY!)

RESORT PEAK LIFT RATESDYNAMIC?DEALS*MULTI-CARD
Blue Knob
Central PA
34 trails
1,072′ vert
Varies: $85-90 Peakx5-hour, twilight tickets
& midweek season pass
(anywhere) deal
Part of Indy Pass
Boyce Park
SW PA
5 trails
160′ vert
Not Available(very affordable ski
area for first-timers)
N/A
Holiday Valley
SW NY
60 trails
750′ vert
$93xmidweek 4-hour, purchase
2-weeks ahead and save
midweek/non-holiday
Ultimate Passes
Hidden Valley
SW PA
26 trails
470′ vert
Varies: $75-79 Peak
ONLINE ONLY
(+$10 walk-up)
xBuy Lift Online
(!) Resort Swap
Currently Highlands Pass;
& Six Tix Pack ($307)
valid anytime
Laurel Mountain
SW PA
20 trails
761′ vert
Varies: $61-66x(!) Resort SwapCurrently Highlands Pass;
& Wildcat 6-Pack ($298)
valid anytime
Peek’n Peak
SW NY
27 trails
400′ vert
$71xN/APeak 5 Lift Pass
(buy 4 tix, get 1 free)
Seven Springs
SW PA
33 trails
750′ vert
Varies: $95-98
ONLINE ONLY
(+$10 walk-up)
xBuy Lift Online
(!) Resort Swap
Currently Highlands Pass;
Super 7 Card ($461)
valid anytime
Whitetail
S. Central PA
23 trails
935′ vert
$84
*Holiday #s are limited.
Buy lift 7 days ahead
and save, after 3pm TBD
Part of Epic Pass

Chart Key & Notes

*Every resort will have a Lift, Lesson & Rental (aka Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard) Package for beginners. Please look into this if you are one!

  • Peak Rates = Full price adult full-day lift ticket on a holiday or weekend unless noted. Most resorts have a small discount for non-holidays and it’s much cheaper to go to the mountain mid-week. Usually discounts for children, seniors and military are available.
  • Multi Card = this is any card that allows you to go to the resort on multiple non-consecutive days. Can be either transferrable or non-transferrable to others (this is not a 2 or 3-day lift ticket).

(!) Regional Resort Swap Alert! Wisp Resort Season Pass Holders and Unlimited Pass Holders at Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain will each receive one (1) complimentary full-day lift ticket and a 50% discount on regularly priced ski tickets for additional visits to any of the other four participating resorts, excluding Saturdays and holiday / premium periods. Visit their pass pages to learn more.

West Virginia Ski Resorts: 21-22 Lift Rate Roundup

West Virginia Ski Resorts: 21-22 Lift Rate Roundup

Snow dropping in November is my cue that if I haven’t made my annual lift rate roundup, I need to. This year I am outlining ski lift rates by state! I’ve also done some digging to include any late-season deals such as multi-day pack options for skiers and snowboarders, which are great for those that missed the Spring Season Pass sales earlier in the year.

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 done that, you’re looking at super-high season pass prices and will probably consider lift ticket rates or any package deals instead. This table is for you – I’ve been there many, many times.


Dynamic Pricing

Let’s talk about what most resorts are doing this year: dynamic pricing for daily lift tickets. Basically how this works is you will purchase your lift ticket online and prices will fluctuate from the rack rate based on demand. For example, popular weekends will be priced higher than a “regular” weekend, however, you will also see a price difference in Saturday vs Sunday based on 1.) past demand trends and 2.) how many tickets have already been purchased. Basically, you want to take a look and book early rather than waiting until the last minute to decide your fate (and your ticket price). For the rates listed in my Lift Rate Roundup chart below, if marked dynamic that means I went in today, 11/28 and looked at a holiday rate (NYE/NYD) to get that price.

Check out this screenshot of Snowshoe’s dynamic pricing structure for December. Note the fluctuations during holiday week. This pricing is simply subject to change.

Snowshoe Mountain’s dynamic online ticket sales for December 2021.

Top West Virginia Resorts to Ride

If I had to tell you where to ski in West Virginia, my top 3 recommendations are:

  1. Snowshoe is where you want to be for the weekend.
  2. Timberline is old-school cool but all 3 ski areas in Tucker County, WV are IT!
  3. Wisp is most likely the closest mountain to you, and you’ll need to get their Mission: FOUR’DABLE deal!! $239 through Nov 29 (Now Dec 19) ONLY for 4 transferrable tickets ($59.75 ea.)

    Notable Mention – Drive to PA! Here are all the lift rates. Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are worth the drive (Springs has a good apres and park scene, Hidden Valley is beginner friendly and family oriented), although Wisp is probably the best for your buck.

West Virginia Ski Resort Lift Ticket Rates

This chart includes bordering resorts in Maryland and Virginia. There is a key at the bottom of this post!

RESORT PEAK LIFT RATES
FULL-DAY ADULT
DYNAMIC
PRICING?
TICKET
DEALS
MULTI-CARD
Bryce Resort
Northwest VA
8 trails, 500′ vert
Varies: $70 Peak$196 LLR
$37 Beginner Only
Part of Indy Pass
Canaan Valley Resort
Eastern WV
47 trails, 850′ vert
$80 Weekend
$90 Holiday
xWV Wednesday!
$30 Lift with ID
Part of Indy Pass
Oglebay Resort
WV N. Panhandle
1 trail, 168′ vert
$22 Friday/Twilight
$28 Holiday/Weekend
x(FYI it’s 1 wide slope)$99 Five-Pass
$149 Ten-Pass
Snowshoe Mountain
South East WV
60 trails, 1,500′ vert
Varies: $129 PeakBluebird Bargains
for economy lodging
2’fer – Midweek
$99 2 Days
Timberline
Eastern WV
37 trails, 1,000′ vert
$85 Every Dayx2 visits, save $5 each
3 visits, save $10 each
Refill RFID card
up to 6 tix
Whitegrass (XC)
Eastern WV
Cross Country Area
$25 XC Area Use
$25 Rentals
x(Just show up!)n/a
Wisp Resort
Maryland Panhandle
33 trails, 700′ vert
$89 Weekend
$99 Holiday
?$159 LLR Weekend
$169 LLR Holiday
Mission: FOUR’DABLE
$239 4-pack ($59.75 ea.)
*through Nov 29 ONLY
Winterplace
Southern WV
27 trails, 600′ vert
Varies: $66-71
Holiday/Weekend
Varies: $94 LLRPart of Indy Pass

Chart Key & Notes

  • Peak Rates = Full price adult full-day lift ticket on a holiday or weekend unless noted
  • Multi Card = this is any card that allows you to go to the resort on multiple non-consecutive days. Can be either transferrable or non-transferrable to others (this is not a 2 or 3-day lift ticket).
  • LLR = Lift, Lesson, Rental or Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard package. This is a good learn-to package that usually includes a full-day lift ticket (sometimes to beginner-only lifts), rental equipment and a group lesson. Every resort will have this deal!

(!) Regional Resort Swap Alert! Wisp Resort Season Pass Holders and Unlimited Pass Holders at Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain will each receive one (1) complimentary full-day lift ticket and a 50% discount on regularly priced ski tickets for additional visits to any of the other four participating resorts, excluding Saturdays and holiday / premium periods. Visit their pass pages to learn more.

19-20 Lift Rate Roundup | My Top Mid-Atlantic Mountains

19-20 Lift Rate Roundup | My Top Mid-Atlantic Mountains

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 the first 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)

RESORT ADULT W/E LIFTGOOD DEALSPASS X PAYOFFMULTI CARD
Seven Springs
Southwestern Pennsylvania
33 trails, 750′ vert
$89 day
$83 twi
$49 night
Don’t miss
early rates…
Super7 the Deal
$695/7.8x
Super 7 Card = $435
($62.14/lift)
Liberty Mountain
South-Central Pennsylvania
16 trails, 620′ vert
$77 dayEpic Local
Great
value w/ Peak
acquisition
$739/9.5x3x Card = $159
thru 12/2
($53/lift)
Wisp Resort
Maryland Panhandle
34 trails, 700′ vert
$84 day
$79 8hr
$69 4hr
$39 night
$49 Mondays,
LLR
$599/7.1x4-Pack = $189
thru Nov 24
($47.25/lift)
Snowshoe
South East
West Virginia
60 trails, 1500′ vert
$109 day
(no other)
Redic. Pass in
March for $259
$559/5.1x3-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
$1060Ultimate Night,
8 night tix = $207
($23/lift)

Table Key

  • 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 Day deals to kick-off January, to boot!

Now that I’ve set some winter-season blogging goals, let’s see if I stick to it…

Update August 6, 2020: I did not stick to it…