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Lift tickets for the broke college student

One of the perks of being a college student is that ski resorts like to offer special discounts. For most places, all you have to do is show your college ID card while purchasing your lift ticket or season pass, and they’ll send you on your way to the slopes for somewhat cheaper than if you had graduated and moved on to the real world.

Ski lift

Four skiers and snowboarders ride a Mount Sunapee ski lift in early March 2011.


New Hampshire

  • How about this one: Unlimited access to five northeast US ski resorts in the 2011-2012 season for $449? Season passes are cheaper the earlier you buy them, but I think this pass is probably still a good catch. The Higher Education season pass gets you access to Attitash, Wildcat Mountain, Mount Snow (in Vermont), Crotched Mountain and Jack Frost Big Boulder (in Pennsylvania). You have to go to the ticket window at Crotched and Jack Frost Big Boulder, but with the other three, you can pop on your skis and hop right on a lift.
  • Mount Sunapee has a college student discount. Adult all-mountain tickets during the week are half price with a college ID. Weekend and holiday lift tickets are $15 off.
  • Pats Peak also has a college student discount (scroll to the bottom) with $5 off day or night lift tickets on weekends and holidays, and
    $10 off day or night tickets during the week. There’s also a college student season pass for $389, saving you about $80.


  • Killington Resort has a college student season pass for $399, which seems like a lot until you get a glimpse of normal season pass prices and choke on the coffee you’re drinking as you read the webpage.
  • Okemo Mountain also has a $399 college student season pass, but the resort has a normal college student discount as well. With just your college ID, you can get $15 off tickets during the week and $10 off on weekend and holidays.


  • Sunday River has a college student season pass, as well as a recent college graduate pass. The prices are a little higher than listed on the linked page, as it’s somewhat late to buy a season pass. For college students: $525. For recent graduates: $749.
  • Sugarloaf has designated days for college student deals on tickets (scroll down). Two dates have passed already, but if you visit Sugarloaf on Feb. 1  or March 4, you can receive a $15 equipment rental, $39 lift ticket, or $59 learn to ski/snowboard package.
  • Shawnee Peak has an interesting program. For $7, you can get a discount card that gets you $10 off on day or night lift tickets. Or there’s the $199 college student season pass.

Photo is a picture I took on a ski trip with my family last year.

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