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 a discount.
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.
Most of this guide has updated pricing for the 2018/19 ski season. The exception is for the discount passes at the sporting goods stores, they will not get their passes or pricing until at least the middle of December. I’ll update that section when I have more information.
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Get help figuring out where to ski and stay with this local’s guide to the Salt Lake ski resorts.
Getting Park City Discount Lift Tickets
Park City Resort
Full ticket price: $180 (sort of)
Park City has opaque on-demand pricing which means that on any given day, the walk-up price for a ticket may be more or less than $180. It will likely be more on holidays, weekend and high season and less in the shoulder seasons. When you purchase directly from them online, you can save 25%. You can save a couple of bucks more if you purchase a 2-day pass, which is then valid over three days.
You can purchase advance tix online directly from them for $135 (25% discount).
Deer Valley Resort
Full ticket price: $169
If you purchase in advance from their website, you can bring the ticket cost down to $157. You can also get that rate from Liftopia, which is convenient if you are also purchasing discount ski passes to one of the other resorts (more on that below). Deer Valley recommends doing the advance purchase because they meter visitors on the mountain and can actually sell out during busy days. You can bring the discount down even further to $110 by purchasing one through the ski shop retailers (noted below).
After skiing, have an apres beer at one of Salt Lake’s many micro breweries.
Getting Salt Lake Discount Ski Passes
Full ticket prices:
- Alta: $116
- Snowbird: $125
- Solitude: $99
- Brighton: $89
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 through Liftopia:
- Alta: $70-83
- Snowbird: $69-86
- Solitude: $59-81
- Brighton: $55-83
Get Liftopia Tickets If
- You can plan ahead.
- You are doing some mid-week ski days.
- You want to bounce around.
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 24% discount and rises to 31% 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 some of the local hotels, so that you can buy the pass along with your hotel stay.
There are three ways to purchase a Superpass and they all cost the same. You can buy it directly from the tourism bureau. You can purchase it from Liftopia, which makes sense if you are also purchasing other discount lift tickets for Utah resorts. And you can buy it from participating hotels.
- 3-day SuperPass $300
- 4-day SuperPass $400
- 5-day SuperPass $475
- 6-day SuperPass $570
- 7-day SuperPass $650
- 8-day Superpass $720
- 9-day SuperPass $810
- 10-day SuperPass $900
Get the SuperPass If
- You want to do at least three days at the SLC ski resorts.
- You are skiing weekends or especially holidays (when Liftopia discounts aren’t as good).
- You are staying at a downtown hotel.
- If you are going primarily to Snowbird and Alta, because they are more expensive than Solitude and Brighton.
Get Discount Utah Lift Tickets at Sports Stores
(This section is not yet updated. The sporting goods stores will not get their 2018/19 passes until mid December. Assume ~$10 more for each ticket.)
Fewer stores are offering discount ski passes than in the past, 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.
- You forgot to do Liftopia or the Superpass but still want to score Deer Valley or Salt Lake lift ticket discounts.
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
- Learn what makes each SLC ski resort unique and figure out where to go.
- Take a break from skiing and visit the fantastic downtown bookshops.
- Find the best breweries in town.
- 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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