Whichever you prefer, there can be little denying that snowboarding and skiing aren’t the cheapest of winter activities. Hence why there are sooo many ski bums in just about every mountain town.
First of all, there is the cost of the equipment itself. And then you need a lift ticket and transportation. All of this can set you back a good deal.
One essential expense that many people forget to factor into the equation is food. We all need to eat and shredding the snow all day sure does leave the stomach grumbling.
It’s no secret that ski resorts capitalize on this forgetfulness by charging insane prices on their food, even for things as simple as a cheeseburger or a cup of macaroni. They know that riding all day makes one hungry enough to pay more than usual for some well-deserved and much-needed grub.
Luckily, there are a few easy ways to eat cheap on the mountain. Three of the best of these are discussed below.
Ski Bums Bag There Lunch
The cheapest way to eat on a trip to the mountain is to pack a meal or two. Buying groceries and preparing some sandwiches and snacks (or whatever you dig) at home can save you loads of money. Heck, you could even bring up a little camp stove and cook up some hot food to warm your stomach. Be sure to bring water and other drinks as beverages at ski resorts are pricey as well. Hell just live off snowboard food and snacks like CLif Bars.
Grab Cheap Food
Don’t want to pack a lunch yourself? Then grab something on the way to the mountain. If you’re staying in town or live nearby, there should be more than enough options for cheap eats on the drive up. The closer you get to the resort, the pricier food generally gets, so grab it early and maybe grab a little extra for afterwards.
Do a Little Research
If you’re taking a winter ski or snowboard trip to a ski resort, you’d do well to do a little research on local cheap eats before heading out. A snow vacation isn’t really a vacation if you don’t eat out once or twice. Fortunately, online review sites like Yelp make it easier than ever before to track down affordable and tasty eats within minutes of most ski areas. Still not sure where to go? Ask a local for their recommendations. Most diehard locals will know where both the food and drinks are cheap.
Eating cheap at the mountain is not very difficult at all. It just comes down to a little planning and foresight. Pack a lunch, pick something up beforehand, or know a cheap place to go that’s nearby. Fail to do these things and you’ll probably end up dishing out a fair chunk of change at the lodge or a resort restaurant. There’s not really any reason to pay that much for food.
4. Liftopia for Discounted Tickets
Are you buying used multi-day tickets, using a friends ski pass? With the current economic conditions resorts want your business more then ever. In the music industry on average each concert patron will spend at least $15.00 once they set foot inside the venue. Ski resorts have realized the same thing, with many charging for the convenience of parking near the slopes and offering high prices food in their base lodges, everything adds up.With Liftopia you buy your lift tickets in advance which are 100% non refundable. Because you are willing to commit in advance to specific days, Liftopia is able get bulk discounted lift tickets from the ski resorts. Liftopia makes it safe for the resorts to offer exclusive deals through their affiliate partners like the Mountain Weekly News and Liftopia.com. The term in the industry is called “incremental purchases”, which for some people means with better deals on specific days, you’ll be more encouraged to visit the ski resorts.
Liftopia is currently working with 35 ski resorts in Colorado, 15 ski resorts in Utah and 33 resorts in California along with numerous resorts through out the world. However their top region is New England with 131 resort partners. Having never skied east of Steamboat Springs, CO I had no idea there were even this many resorts on the east coast.