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.
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.
Top West Virginia Resorts to Ride
If I had to tell you where to ski in West Virginia, my top 3 recommendations are:
Snowshoe is where you want to be for the weekend.
Timberline is old-school cool but all 3 resorts in Tucker County, WV are IT!
Wisp is most likely the closest mountain to you, and you’ll need to get their Mission: FOUR’DABLE deal!! $239 through Nov 29 ONLY for 4 transferrable tickets ($59.75 ea.)
Notable Mention – Drive to PA! 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 the best for your buck.
West Virginia Ski ResortLift Ticket Rates
This chart includes bordering resorts in Maryland and Virginia.
PEAK LIFT RATES
Bryce Resort Northwest VA 8 trails, 500′ vert
Varies: $70 Peak
$196 LLR $37 Beginner Ticket
Part of Indy Pass
Canaan Valley Resort Eastern WV 47 trails, 850′ vert
Part of Indy Pass
Oglebay Resort WV N. Panhandle 1 trail, 168′ vert
$22 Friday/Twilight $28 Holiday/Weekend
It’s 1 wide slope.
$99 Five-Pass $149 Ten-Pass
Snowshoe Mountain SouthEast WV 60 trails, 1,500′ vert
Varies: $129 Peak
Bluebird Bargains for economy lodging
2’fer – Midweek $99 2 Days
Timberline Eastern WV 37 trails, 1,000′ vert
$85 Every Day
2 visits, save $5 each 3 visits, save $10 each
Refill RFID card up to 6 tix
Whitegrass Eastern WV Cross Country Area
$25 Area Use $25 Rentals
Just show up!
Wisp Resort MarylandPanhandle 33 trails, 700′ vert
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.
(!) 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.
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…
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!