How to Get A Free Ski Lift Pass:

One of the most expensive parts about taking a ski vacation are the ski lift passes. The average lift ticket price for adults in Colorado, according to liftsift.com, is between $92-$97.

Average lift ticket prices in Vail and Telluride

Average lift ticket prices in Vail and Telluride

What many people don’t know is that some airlines offer you a ski lift pass FREE with your boarding pass! Not only does Alaska Air provide a free lift pass to select destinations, such as Mammoth, Big Sky Resort in Montana, and select other locations in Utah and Colorado, but the city of Vail/Beaver Creek will also give you a free lift pass when you “fly in and bring your boarding pass and Vail Valley lodging confirmation to any Vail or Beaver Creek ticket window and ski out with a complimentary same-day lift ticket.”

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That’s a savings of at least $145!

Free Airfare & Lodging:

If you’re gunning for that free or really cheap ski trip (we’re talking maybe a few hundred bucks instead of a few thousand), there are some very affordable flights using points as well as some beautiful and luxurious hotels that may be worth the points splurge. Check out my Top Ski Resorts Bookable with Points this Winter to see more!

Fly from Los Angeles to Vail/Eagle Airport (EGE) for 7,500 Avios each way! American Airlines operates a direct flight to EGE and there’s plenty of saver award availability for this route.

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Alaska Air, also bookable through British Airways but you must call them to book, flies direct to Mammoth from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Diego. These flights would only cost 4,500 Avios each way as they are all within 500 miles of Mammoth. First search for saver award availability on Alaska Air’s website before calling to book.

Use your free Hyatt night at the luxurious Park Hyatt Beaver Creek when you sign up for the Chase Hyatt Card or try the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, which top my list of some of the best ski resorts in the country. You can stay two nights free at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch with the 140,000 points sign up bonus earned from the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card. That’s a potential savings of over $2,000!

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

So what are you waiting for? Book that cheap luxury ski vacation today!

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