While we are mourning paddleboarding season slowly coming to an end, we are getting pretty excited about this upcoming snowboarding season. After getting skunked last year by a gross lack of snow, we are really optimistic that we will reap our rewards this year. So there are a few things we can do to get ready now so we can have the best possible season.
First is to check all of our gear. Is there anything we need to add, replace, or repair? Does everything still fit ok? Is everything clean and ready to go? Yup- you should actually wash your snowboarding clothes at the end of the season. Are boards waxed and tuned? Are all of the screws for our bindings present and accounted for?
If any of those things need remedying you have time to get it done. All of the brand new snowboard stuff is arriving in stores now. So if there is something you have your eye on, you can be one of the first to have it. You can get the best selection of the season in the next few weeks with all of the new stuff coming in and past seasons’ gear discounted. The leftover gear can get picked over pretty fast, so shop early if you are trying to score a deal on something in particular. Prices probably won’t drop again, so don’t wait for a better deal…you will likely just miss out on the particular item in the right size.
Another place to be looking for snowboarding deals is lift tickets. While many of the best deals of the season have already passed, there’s still a lot of great stuff out there. Season pass discounts usually increase by mid October. If you are considering one, don’t drag your feet.
If you don’t want to commit to a season pass, many places have some kind of discount if you buy a frequent flyer type card. Usually there is a fee for the card and then you get discounts on day passes each time you go. Depending on the program, usually if you are going to go more than 4 or so times/season, you will end up with a good deal. Stratton even has their X2 card that includes a free ticket with purchase, so you really can’t go wrong.
There are also some places that offer discounted tickets if you buy them ahead of time. Killington has discounted K-tickets. If you pre-buy 7 tickets, at more than a 40% discount, you even get an 8th for free. The great thing about these is that anyone can use them. You can use them all, share them with your friends, give them away, whatever you want. If you don’t want all 8, pool with friends to get the free one and when you split the cost, you will all end up with a lower “per ticket” price.
If you will be traveling at all, or if you happen to live in an area where there are a lot of ski areas, collective passes could be a great option for you. There are two big ones right now- Mountain Collective and the Max Pass. They vary in the details, but the premise is the same. A bunch of mountains join this and when you purchase the pass you get a set number of free days at all of the specified resorts. The Max Pass has a number of New England resorts including, Loon, Sugarloaf, Killington, Okemo, Pico, Sunapee, and Wachusett. You get to ride 5 days at each of these resorts! If you have a qualifying season pass at one of the participating resorts, the cost to add this on is $299. If you want to buy it outright it’s still only $699 (these prices go up mid October).
Mountain Collective has more mountains out west, and some in Canada. And you only get 2 days at each mountain. But after that you get 50% off of additional day tickets at any of those resorts. This pass has limited availability and they are going fast. Depending on how you roll for just over $400 it could end up a good deal. We have a friend who got one of these passes last year and spent much of the winter traveling around the west using up all of her days at all of the resorts- so jealous.
If you are planning a snowboard trip, and you are able to dial it in now, many places offer steep discounts for booking well in advance. Jay Peak is currently offering 30% off trips booked in October. We also usually get a 30% off deal for lodging in UT if we book by October 31. Be careful about cancellation policies. But if you already know you want to go to a specific place at a specific time, nail it down in advance and you can save quite a bit.
In advance or even during the season, Liftopia has discounted lift tickets. And if you are really looking to keep lift ticket prices down, there is always the option of splitboarding. While the equipment is a hefty investment, the money you save not being at the resorts can make up for it very quickly.
Some places out west are already seeing their first snowfalls. Don’t delay. After last year in the east, you don’t want to miss any opportunities to get out there and ride!
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