This guide to Salt Lake and Park City discount lift tickets resorts will help you navigate the confusing tangle of lift pass options to find your best deal.
I learned how to ski at Alta in the mid 1970’s when the lift passes were $8. Fast forward a few decades and the only thing that you can get at a ski resort for eight bucks is a hot chocolate. Full price lift tickets now run $88-$135, making it worth your while to seek out discounts.
The challenge in finding these deals is that there are multiple ways to get discount tickets and each has its pros and cons. Check out these seven ways to leverage a discount and you’ll soon be on your way to the resorts with enough money left over for that hot chocolate.
(all of the ticket prices below for for 2017/18 adult all-day lift tickets)
Getting Park City Discount Lift tickets
Park City Resort
Full ticket price: $145 (sort of)
Park City has an opaque quasi on-demand pricing which means that on any given day, the walk-up price for a ticket may be more or less than $145. When I inquired about how predictable the rate was, I was told that this rate had been up “for a while”. I can only assume that this means that the rates will be higher during high volume weekends, holidays and the Sundance film festival and (hopefully) lower during mid-week or later in the season.
You can purchase advance tix online directly from them for $129 (11% discount).
Deer Valley Resort
Full ticket price: $135
You can bring that down to $110 by purchasing one through the ski shop retailers (noted below). For convenience, you can also purchase tix in advance from Liftopia (noted below), but they are offered at full price.
Getting Salt Lake Discount Ski Passes
Full ticket prices:
- Alta: $104
- Snowbird: $129
- Solitude: $88
- Brighton: $85
Using Liftopia for Discount Utah Ski Passes
Liftopia is an online ticket purchasing service. It serves primarily the Salt Lake resorts of Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. You can also purchase non-discounted Deer Valley passes and equipment rental packages for Park City (which don’t include a ski pass).
Liftopia uses a fluid pricing model which saves you 6%-44% with 25% being the most common discount. The two best ways to maximize discounts on Liftopia are to purchase at least a week in advance and to choose weekday tickets. You can even get decent discounts a day or two out, but don’t expect a big discount the day before you want to ski or for holiday dates.
Check here for their list of available Utah discount ski tickets.
Discounted lift ticket pricing
- Alta: $88-99
- Snowbird: $75-90
- Solitude: $49-62
- Brighton: $55-83
Use Liftopia if….you can plan ahead and you want to bounce around and combine some days at a Park City resort.
Getting a Salt Lake SuperPass
The Visit Salt Lake tourism organization sells a multi-day SuperPass that is good for all of the Salt Lake resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton). You can mix and match at any of the resorts and the pass is good for fourteen days. You purchase the pass in advance, but you don’t need to decide which resort to go to until that very morning. This gives you the option to check the snow report before committing.
They sell three to ten day passes which start at a 14% discount and rises to 18% as you add days. The pass also doubles as a free pass for public transportation to the resorts using TRAX light rail and the ski bus. It also offers 20-40% equipment rental discounts at all four resorts. They have an arrangement with most of the local hotels, so that you can buy the pass along with your hotel stay.
Purchase the SuperPass here or book it as part of a hotel package.
- 3-day SuperPass $276
- 4-day SuperPass $368
- 5-day SuperPass $450
- 6-day SuperPass $540
- 7-day SuperPass $616
- 8-day Superpass $704
- 9-day SuperPass $792
- 10-day SuperPass $880
Use the SuperPass if…you want the convenience of just making one discount pass purchase, you are staying at a downtown hotel and you want to ski at the pricier Alta or Snowbird resorts.
Buying Discount Utah Lift Tickets at Sports Stores
Fewer stores are offering discount ski passes, but there are still a couple doing it. All the stores below are conveniently located on major roads leading to the resorts.
REI sells discount tickets for Brighton, Deer Valley, Snowbird and Solitude. They are located on 33rd south near I215.
- Brighton: $79.99 weekend/holiday, $72.99 weekday
- Deer Valley: $110.00
- Snowbird: $94.99 weekend/holiday, $85.99 weekday
- Solitude: $79.99
Sports Den and See ‘N Ski both offer the same set of lift tickets for Brighton, Solitude, Alta, Snowbird and Deer Valley. Sports Den is located on Foothill Drive and See ‘N Ski has three locations (downtown, near REI and on Fort Union Blvd).
- Brighton: $76.00
- Deer Valley: $111.00
- Snowbird: $99.00 weekend/holiday, $90 weekday
- Solitude $80.00
Buy from ski shops if…you are going there anyway to buy or rent equipment, you want to ski at Deer Valley, or you forgot to do Liftopia or the SuperPass but want to score a Utah lift pass discount somehow.
What About Season Passes and Multi-day Passes?
Generally speaking, annual passes are only a deal if you plan to ski 15-20+ or more days in one place. Resorts like Alta, Snowbird and Park City are part of larger ski conglomerates which offer multi-destination passes like the Epic Pass and the Mountain Collective. However, those passes also require loyalty and work best if you are traveling to at least two different destinations. Many resorts also offer multi-day or “reload card” passes but the discounts are negligible relative to using one of the other options listed above.
Other Ways to Save on Skiing
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Other Fun Stuff do do in SLC
- Take a break from skiing and visit the fantastic downtown bookshops.
- Fortify yourself for skiing with this list of places to get great cheese.
- Explore winter hikes, right in Salt Lake.
Please let me know if you have found other crafty ways to save on SLC and Park City discount ski tickets. Here’s hoping that you get some fluffy powder.
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