You know, it wasn’t all that long ago that backyard barbecues, cold beer, and hours of gloriously warm sunshine were the order of the day. While I know those days will be upon us soon enough, I suppose the only thing we can do while we wait, is enjoy all the splendor that winter has to offer.
US News and World Report recently put out their list of the top 10 places to hit the slopes. Most of the snow-covered destinations on the list come as no surprise to avid and beginner skiers alike.
But what you may not know is almost all of them are home to amazing resorts that offer military discounts!
Whether you like the exhilaration of a black diamond downhill run, the challenge of a cross-country trek, or a mug of hot chocolate by the fire, you can get your winter on and save a little money with these military discounts.
Military Discounts for Hitting the Slopes
Located a little over an hour outside of Denver, Breckenridge offers a quaint small town, nearly 200 ski trails and thousands of acres of skiing paradise.
Breckenridge Ski Resort offers a fantastic 30% military discount on daily lift tickets. The discount is offered to active duty personnel and their dependents. Lift tickets cannot be purchased in advance or online. You should be prepared to show your military ID card when you purchase your lift ticket at the ski resort. Get all the details, including current slope conditions by visiting them online.
Park City, UT
A quick drive from Salt Lake City, Park City is home to the Sundance Film Festival and some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country.
Park City offers military discounts on daily lift tickets to active duty service members, their dependents, and retirees and their dependents.
This is one of the few ski resorts to offer a military discount to retirees.
Save even more by purchasing your lift tickets through ITT at Hall Air Force Base. Military-discounted lift ticket prices are $98 for adults and $61 for children.
Lake Tahoe, CA
Situated on the California/Nevada border, this all-season vacation jewel offers stellar slope action and an outstanding array of restaurants, shopping, and bustling night life options.
Black Diamond, located in Incline Village, offers great options for all ski levels at a great discount. For active duty personnel, lift tickets midweek and during non-peak weeks are free, and just $64 otherwise. Military dependents and retirees are offered the $64 rate at all times.
Steamboat Springs, CO
Nestled in Colorado’s Yampa Valley, Steamboat Springs is nicknamed Ski Town, USA, and is as famous for its hot springs as it is for its skiing.
It has some of the best military discounts around! They generously offer a standing 20% discount for all military personnel on daily lift tickets, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals, plus a special rate on a 3-day pass. Find out more about these great discounts here.
Snowmass offers 4 mountains to choose from, and since the first park was opened in 1946, it has had a special relationship with active duty veterans and retirees. They offer an amazing season pass rate, plus special events and programs for disabled veterans. Get the details here.
Colorado has no shortage of great skiing, but Telluride has a character all its own. With dramatic drops and an average of 300 inches of snow each year, it’s the perfect place to explore a Rocky Mountain slope or two.
Plus, you can score an awesome multi-day rate. At just $75 for the first day and a 30% discount on additional days, Telluride offers fantastic skiing at a fabulous price.