Five Steps to streamlined lift tickets at Breck

Powder skiing at Breck!

The last thing you want to do on your ski vacation is waste precious time in line at the ticket counter when you could be carving your way down the slopes. That’s why you should buy your lift ticket in advance—it’ll save you time and money. Here’s how to do it in five easy steps.

Step 1: Go to Breckenridge.com

Sounds simple, right? It is. This page has all the information you need to figure out what lift ticket is best for you.

Step 2: What lift ticket is best for you?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How long will I be staying in Breckenridge?
  • Will I want to ski or ride every day?
  • What’s my budget?

Then fill in the information on the “When are you visiting?” box and proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Weigh your options

For a hypothetical ski trip the first week in February, I could buy the following:

  • 8-day ticket (good for eight out of 11 days) for $720. This offers a $240 savings from the ticket counter price.
  • 7-day ticket (good for seven out of 10 days) for $630. This offers a $210 savings from the ticket counter price.
  • 6-day ticket (good for six out of nine days) for $570. This offers a $150 savings from the ticket counter price.
  • 5-day ticket (good for five out of eight days) for $500. This offers a $100 savings from the ticket counter price.
  • 4-day ticket (good for four out of six days) for $424. This offers a $136 savings from the ticket counter price.
  • 3-day ticket (good for three out of five days) for $330. This offers a $90 savings from the ticket counter price.
  • 2-day ticket (good for two out of three days) for $236. This offers a $44 savings from the ticket counter price.
  • 1-day ticket for $118. This offers a $22 savings from the ticket counter price.

Clearly the savings scale up the more days you buy. This is important information. Now proceed to Step 4.

Step 4: Be realistic

Shopping in BreckDo you dream of descents when you’re not in the mountains? Are you a crack-of-noon shredder, or do you wait in the gondola line hours before opening bell? Does a winter mountain vacation entail riding lifts, descending, and riding more lifts? Or does your winter getaway also include a spa day, snowshoeing, shopping, or something that does not require bindings attached to a board?

Other considerations when figuring out how many days of skiing or riding to purchase:

  • Your legs might get tired and sore…meaning you may not want to shred every day of your vacation.
  • You might be looking to accumulate as much vertical feet as possible, which means you might want to shred every day of your vacation.
  • You might have beginners in your group with whom you’ll be spending a lot of time on the bunny slope (discounted tickets are available for that at the ticket window), in which case you should not pay full price.
  • You might want maximum flexibility in case a big storm blows through while you’re in Breckenridge, so it may make sense to pay for a ticket with four, five, six, or even seven days so you won’t stress about using your “punches” up.

Only you (or your family or whoever is footing the bill) can know what you most want out of your ticket. Think it through carefully and then proceed to Step 5.

Step 5: Pull the trigger

Add that ticket to your cart and take solace in the fact that you’re getting a great deal by purchasing online and ahead of your break. With the ticket purchase out of the way you are now free to fantasize about your upcoming Breckenridge trip and plan your day’s routes on the trail map.

Are you a bad planner, or did you simply forget to get your tickets in advance? Don’t worry – you’re still in luck! Introduced this season, EpicDay tickets are available online the same day… purchase them online and skip the line.

Have fun, and we’ll see you there!

– Rachel Walker

One Response

  1. Nice breakdown on saving.

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