After Mike and I started dating in high school, he taught me how to snow ski. Fast forward a whopping 24 years and now we have three daughters who ski with us. Yes, even the four-year-old, who was first on skis when she was two and skiing on her own by the time she was three.
For the past couple of years we’ve had annual ski passes for Snow Valley, but this year we decided to forgo the passes and spend the money on a bigger trip at a different resort (to be decided). We still like to go up for the occasional day at Snow Valley, and that’s how we got interested in SkiForFree.com (this is not a sponsored post). I was skeptical when I heard there was a place to get discount ski lift tickets for five different California ski resorts: Snow Valley, Mammoth, Homewood Mountain, China Peak and Mt. Baldy. Frankly, I thought it was a scam. After researching it further though, I discovered it’s legitimate. The only thing to be aware of is that the site charges an additional facility fee per ticket (last time I checked it was $5), and a ticketing fee ($3) so the total discount for Snow Valley is a little less than the stated 50% for weekend and holiday tickets or 60% for midweek, non-holiday tickets. You need a promo code to purchase the tickets. The promotion code can be found at the Ski For Free Facebook page (last I checked the promo code was “board”). If you want the best possible deal on discount ski tickets, make sure you compare prices first by checking the ski resort’s home page and Facebook page for any deals, and other discount ski ticket sites like Liftopia.com (which offers discounts at resorts around the United States and Canada — the tickets might be cheaper there (without charging facility or ticket service fees) but the catch is that the tickets are date-specific: you must buy them at least one day in advance and purchase them for a specific date, whereas Ski For Free tickets can be bought the same day and are good any weekend/holiday/weekday depending on the ticket type).
I found the Ski For Free website to be easy to navigate. I added the tickets to my order, paid by credit card, and printed out the receipts for the tickets. I took those receipts along with my photo ID and credit card to the ticket booth at the resort and had no trouble redeeming the receipts for lift passes for a weekend day. For four tickets (my youngest daughter skis for free), we saved about $74.
Do you snow ski? Have you ever tried SkiForFree.com or any other discount ski ticket site?