November 27, 2013

Mt. High presents 16 ways to get on the slopes cheaply

Wed, Nov 27 2013 2:23 pm | Comments

Wrightwood, CA – November 25, 2013:  The price of new gear, transportation, and lift tickets is always on the rise.  Mountain High’s Midweek 8-Hour lift ticket at $59 is still a bargain compared to places such as Whistler Blackcomb ($109 Canadian), Montana’s Big Sky ($99), or Mammoth ($99), but still enough to deter some people from hitting the slopes. While the sport can be expensive, there are plenty of ways to save money.  Here are some ideas:

1. Black Friday, November 29-December 2, 2013
No need to wake up early for these deals.  Purchase discounted tickets to Mountain High for up to 40% off during their Black Friday Special November 29th through December 2nd, 2013.  This is an ONLINE SPECIAL ONLY and tickets must be purchased prior to visiting.  Get the full scoop at Visit SKI DAZZLE, December 5-8, 2013                                                                                               
Attend Ski Dazzle at the Los Angeles Convention Center December 5th – 8th, 2013, and receive a FREE Mountain High lift ticket ($59 value) with your paid admission.  Restrictions apply.  There you can also buy season passes, 6-Packs and more, all and special show rates.  Even a quick visit can save you money.  Get more on discounts and gear at Holiday Canned Food/Toy Drive, December 9-20, 2013
Mountain High supports the needy each holiday with a canned food and toy drive sponsored by the Society Of Saint Vincent De Paul.  From December 9th to December 20th bring an unwrapped toy or 3 non-perishable food items to Mountain High and receive $10 off a full-priced adult, 8-Hour lift ticket.  Ticket must be purchased at the time of donation.4. 5th Grade Passport
The beauty of the winter mountains is something to be experienced by everyone and that’s why Mountain High has teamed up with Toyota to offer FREE season passes to regional 5th Graders in the 5th Grade Pass Program.   Any 5th Grader from San Diego to Santa Barbara and as far East as Las Vegas is eligible for a FREE season pass valued at $279.  To order your free 5th Grade Season Pass please call (888) 754-7878 Ext 2 or visit the Season Pass office located at Mountain High’s West Resort.  Participants must be between the ages of 9 and 11 as of December 31, 2013, and parents are required to show proof of enrollment (report card, school ID, teacher note, or certified letter of intent.)5. Get a Season Pass
Float the idea that skiing is expensive in a ski area’s marketing office and you’re sure to get this response: Not if you ski more.  That’s the great thing about buying a season pass.  The more you ski, the more you save.  But season passes tether you to a single ski area, you might respond.  This is often true, but season passes at some ski areas now come with access to other ski areas.  A Mountain High VIP Season Pass includes three free days at each of 11 other Powder Alliance areas  including Crested Butte, CO, and Snowbasin, UT.  Adult Anytime Season Pass start at just $349 now through December 20th, 2013.  At this rate they pay for themselves in just 5 visits.  Hardly an insurmountable feat even if you were to only ski once a month.  To maximize your savings, buy your season pass as early as possible.   Many times resorts sell season passes in the spring that are good for the remainder of that year and all of next.6. Learn to Turn Tuesdays
Learn to ski or snowboard at Mountain High this winter and the resort will give you a FREE lift ticket.  That’s right.  Every Tuesday from December through March, receive a FREE adult, 8-hour lift ticket worth $59 when you purchase a discounted rental and lesson package for just $49 (reg $75).  This package include everything a first-timer needs to get started including an all mountain lift ticket, ski or snowboard rentals, and a 1 hour & 45 minute lesson.  Lessons are designed for beginners but can accommodate students looking for a refresher.  This is an ONLINE SPECIAL ONLY and must be purchased at prior to visiting.7. Be Young
In an industry constantly working to get future generations hooked, it pays to be young.  At Mountain High, Children age 6 and under ski free when accompanied by a paying adult.  The resort also offers a Young Adult ticket to help future rogue scholars satisfy their snow cravings without eating Top Ramen for a week.8. Ski FREE With The Express Pass
Mountain High’s NEW Express Pass is the most sophisticated and environmentally-friendly lift ticket in snowsports. This reusable, hard-plastic card can be encoded time and again with almost any Mountain High lift ticket and saves the user both time and money.  Benefits include:
-FREE 8-Hour Ticket (Non-holiday*) after every 4 visits.
-SAVE $10 on 8-Hour, 4-Hour, & Night Tickets, non-holiday.*
-TRACK your days ridden, total runs, vertical feet, and more.
-ACTIVATE online and never wait in a ticket line again.
-GUARANTEE your reservation in case of a sellout.
-GO GREEN by reducing the waste from millions of discarded lift tickets each season.

Purchase an Express Pass for just $10 at any ticket window and start saving.  Holidays include December 22-31, 2012. January 1-6, 19-21, February 16-18, 2013.

9. Get a Job
Landing a part-time job or even volunteering at your favorite mountain comes with some perks.   1) You get to work in the mountains.  2) These jobs almost always come with free or deeply discounted season passes.  Sometimes they even allow you to get discounted lift tickets for friends and family.  Mountain High has a listing of current opportunities on its website at Buy in Bulk
Mountain High offers multi-day lift and/or lesson packages for as much as 50% off.  The 6-Pack consists of six 8-Hour tickets valid any day or night including holidays for just $199.  That’s just $33 per ticket or a savings of up to 52%.  The Quad includes four adult Night Tickets for $79.  That’s just over $19 per visit.  And the 3-Peat For Success, voted best program to Generate New Participants by the National Ski Areas Association in 2001, consists of 3 adult Beginner packages (regularly $75 each) for just $139.  Get details and restrictions at Ride FREE On Your Birthday
Present your ID with proof of birthdate to any Mountain High ticket window and receive a FREE lift ticket on your actual birthday.  ($69 value)  Ticket is nontransferable and cake is not included.12. Night Skiing
Night skiing might be a bit colder and darker than in the daytime, but it’s also less expensive.   A weekday night ticket to Mountain High is just $30 versus its full day counterpart which costs $59.  Mountain High is Southern California’s only local resort to offer night skiing 7 days-a-week peak season.  80% of the mountain is lit including the terrain park and the teaching areas.13. Military, Fire, Police Discounts
Thank you for keeping our homes safe.  Mountain High offers discounted tickets to active Military, Fire, and Police.   Military members also ski free on Veteran’s Day!  Tickets are just $49 for an adult, 8-hour ticket and $25 for an adult Night Ticket.  That’s a savings of 29%.  Discounts are available at any ticket window and at Military recreation centers.14. Go To College
Mountain High’s College Rep Program allows students to get a FREE season pass and resume experience in exchange for on-campus marketing and activation.  Mountain High also holds College Nights throughout the season at which college students can purchase Night Tickets for as little as $20.15.  Bring Some Friends
Mountain High offers discounted rates to groups of 15 or more.  And, as an added incentive, groups receive one FREE lift ticket and rental for every 25 purchased.  To book your group, call the Mountain High Group Sales dept at 760-316-7836 or visit Liftopia                                                                                                                                                offers a limited number of highly discounted lift tickets each day for those willing to purchase in advance.  Sometimes as much as 80% off.  A recent survey of deals showed California selling out quickly so don’t delay.  The site offers discounts for ski areas worldwide.

Says John McColly, CMO, “Paying for skiing shouldn’t be as painful as pulling teeth.  At Mountain High we offer tons of discounts and deals to give everyone an affordable way to hit the slopes.”

For more information on Mountain High’s ticket deal or to schedule an interview, please contact John McColly, Chief Marketing Officer CMO, at (760) 316-7803 or

Mountain High is Southern California’s closest winter resort located just an hour and a half from Los Angeles and Orange County. The area consists of three separate mountains (Mountain High East, West, and North), and offers a wide variety of lifts and trails, a world-class terrain park, an outstanding Winter Sports School, and the region’s largest tubing area. Night skiing & snowboarding is available 7 nights-a-week and snowmaking covers more than 80% of the slopes.  Mountain High has been the first resort to open in Southern California for the past 17 years and traditionally operates from mid November to mid April. Get more at                                              


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