More ways to buy tick­ets

Greenwich Time (Sunday) - - SNOW COUNTRY PREVIEW - half-price Jim Shea is an ed­i­tor at Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Group.

Buy­ing lift tick­ets at the re­sort win­dow is so 1980s. And, so ex­pen­sive. Most ma­jor east­ern ski re­sorts sell tick­ets on­line with sav­ings up to 50 per­cent. Prices vary by the dates with week­ends and holi­days cost­ing more. The catch? You need to se­lect the dates early and tick­ets are not re­fund­able if you can’t use them. The best deals are mid­week, early and late sea­sons.

There are so many cards and pass of­fers out there, I can’t list them all. The best way to find them is go to a re­sort’s web­site, find and passes/tick­ets and look for the best one that works for you. Of­ten it’s a mat­ter of just do­ing the math; di­vide the cost of the pass with how many times you plan to ski or snow­board.

This season there are more multi-moun­tain passes; cost varies on age, how many days and un­lim­ited ac­cess.

The Ikon Pass The pass of­fers ac­cess to 37 ar­eas in the west, east and for­eign des­ti­na­tions in Ja­pan, Chile and Aus­tralia. East­ern re­sorts in­clude Killing­ton, Sug­ar­bush, Sun­day River, Su­gar­loaf, Loon and Strat­ton.

The Peak Pass good for 10 north­east­ern re­sorts in­clud­ing Hunter Moun­tain, Mount Snow, Wild­cat and At­ti­tash.

Fi­nally, where do you find the cheap­est lift tick­ets?

Psst, join a Con­necti­cut ski club. Be­cause on selected Aware­ness Days, you show up at des­ig­nated re­sort, show your Con­necti­cut Ski Coun­cil mem­ber­ship cards and you’ll of­ten pay for a lift ticket.

De­tails are at ski­club.com.

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