Buying a season pass from your favorite local mountain at the end of each season is a money-saving spring ritual that long-time skiers and riders never miss year after year. Why? Buying early means saving up to $100 on fall pass sale prices. Several resorts also offer free skiing for the rest of this season if you’re a new pass holder. If cash flow is an issue, some resorts offer layaway options to lock in spring sale prices. Here are the deals and pass sale deadlines you don’t want to miss.
49 Degrees North Mountain Resort (sale ends May 5)
In addition to locking in the lowest price possible on next year’s season pass, taking advantage of 49 Degrees North’s spring pass sale hooks you up with two free lift tickets at these other regional ski areas: Bluewood, Loup Loup, Mission Ridge, and White Pass. These spring sale prices are good through May 5: adult, $299; youth, $199; college/military, $249. Ski49N.com.
Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area (sale ends April 30)
If you don’t already have a season pass at Lookout, this is your chance to ski the rest of this season for free when you buy a pass for next year at all-time-low spring prices. Lookout pass holders also score plenty of other deals and discounts, such as 15% off purchases at the Lookout Gift Shop, $5 off tickets at many other regional resorts, two days of free skiing at Bluewood, and 25% off lift tickets at Red Mountain and Whitewater. Spring sale prices are good through April 30: adult, $199; teen, $149; junior, $139; college, $179; and senior, $129. Skilookout.com.
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park (sale runs March 2-May 31)
The spring season pass sale at Mt. Spokane guarantees skiers and snowboarders the lowest prices of the year. At Mt. Spokane, it only takes five trips to the mountain to pay off that pass. For those who don’t have a pass this year, for an additional $30 along with your purchase of a 2016/17 pass you get to ski for the rest of this season too. And renewing adult pass holders who buy next year’s pass before April 15 are locked into last year’s super low price of $229. These spring pass sale prices are up to 50% off the going rate: adult, $299; youth, $199; and returning youth, $149 (before April 15). Mtspokane.com.
Silver Mountain Resort (sale ends April 30)
Buying your 2016/17 Silver Mountain season pass early means you get to ski the rest of this season for free (if you’re not already a pass holder). Silver passes come with some other great perks too: Four day-passes to Silver Rapids Waterpark; one day pass to Silver Mountain Bike Park; and 2-for-1 golf and other benefits. These spring pass sale prices are good through April 30, 2016: adult, $309; youth, $209; mid-week, $209; young adult, $239; family pass (two adults & up to three youth), $999. Layaway options are available. Silvermt.com.
Schweitzer Spring Fling Passes (through the end of this season)
Ski Schweitzer from March 14 until closing day, scheduled for April 10, for $119 plus tax. (After March 14, you pay $139.) Ski or ride two sunny spring days and this puppy is paid for. Plus you can apply $119 toward a 2016/17 Schweitzer pass. More details and Schweitzer’s spring pass sale pricing and deadlines at Schweitzer.com. //