2017-2018 Lift Rate Roundup

2017-2018 Lift Rate Roundup

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 so message me if I am missing one of your favorites.


Ski Resorts
Slopes Weekend
Lift Rate
Lift Rate
Season Pass
Seven Springs 33 $83 $64  $649
Hidden Valley 26 $65 $41-47  $555
Laurel Mountain 13 $53 $38  $555
Highlands Pass
Above 3 Collective
72 (n/a) (n/a)  $695
Blue Knob 33 $62 $38  $550
Liberty Mountain 22 $76 $70  $569
Whitetail 23 $79 $71  $569
Mystic Mountain 7 $43 Closed M-W $199 
Boyce Park 5 $22 $16 $250 
Wisp 34 $79 $59  $599
Snowshoe 57 $99 $70  $479
Timberline 41 $74 $54  $476
Canaan Valley 47 $73 $55 $550 
for good measure
Peek n Peak  27 $59 $49   $449
Holiday Valley 50   $75 $52   $760


  1. 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…

  • Seven Springs
  • Hidden Valley
  • Laurel Mountain
  • Wisp Resort 

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!

Lift Rate Roundup & Opening Dates

Original post 12/3/15 – In honor of the snowfall that actually laid for a few hours, I have finally finished my master Lift Rate list! I remember last year scouring websites to make sure I had enough money for gas and a ticket – oh, the ski bum life. So, I decided to map it all out in one document, where you can find lift rates from mountain resorts in western Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. This is a gold mine if you’re trip-planning and/or inviting friends out and you need a quick cheat sheet.

Update 12/14/15 – It’s 60° outside and slated for 50’s and rain for the rest of December over in my neck of the woods, the Laurel Highlands. This is where 7 Springs and Hidden Valley are located, but I think they can pull off something miraculous in desperate measures. Snowshoe, WV has four runs open with Ballhooter and Skidder lifts running. Peek n’ Peak opens this Saturday, but I am unsure of the percentage of trails with snow.

Western PA and Surrounding Counties Ski Lift Rates
Please note, there may be other, less popular rates that I have not mentioned. I did not list child, senior, or military discounts.

This list can be added to and updated as time goes on. Please feel free to drop a comment if you’d like to see a certain hill listed, if wording is confusing, or to correct a changed lift rate.