How to Get a Free Lift Ticket With Your Airline Boarding Pass

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The ski resorts have started powering up their lifts and snowblowers for the 2017 – 2018 ski season! Not all of the resorts are open quite yet, but the lift ticket deals are already in full effect. In fact, there are only a couple days left to get your EPIC Pass if you are in the market for multiple days on participating mountains such as Vail, Keystone, Whistler, and more.


However, if an annual pass isn’t the in cards this season,, there are still other ways to save on ski trips and lift tickets. I outlined some of my money saving ski tips in this video for Travel Channel, but one tip that changes a bit year to year involves actually getting a free lift ticket just by showing your airline boarding pass.

Woohoo for free ski lift tickets!

This program isn’t quite as expansive as it was in previous years with the Utah Quick Start program shutting down for this season, but there are still some ski free opportunities out there with Alaska Airlines really leading the charge with a webpage dedicated to listing participating ski resorts and with some Alaska Airlines exclusive ski free offers with select mountains.

To give you an idea of what’s out there, here are a few of the free lift ticket with boarding pass offers for the 2017 – 2018 ski season.

Ski Free With Hayden Boarding Pass at Steamboat Springs

You can receive free night skiing on your day of arrival when flying into Steamboat/Hayden (HDN). Just show your boarding pass at the ticket window at the resort. If you have a boarding pass for a Tuesday or Wednesday arrival, you can ski free Thursday night.

Additionally, if you show your show your Alaska Airlines boarding pass (for travel from Steamboat (HDN) to Seattle or San Diego) at the Steamboat Ticket Office, you can get a free day of skiing on your departure date. 

Fly Into Reno Tahoe and Ski Free at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

Guests arriving by plane into Reno Tahoe can ski or ride the afternoon for free (and evenings during night operations) at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. You can present your boarding pass and ID at the new Mountain Concierge store in the Reno Tahoe International Airport or at the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows to receive your free lift ticket for same day use.

Ski Free at Heavenly With Reno-Tahoe Boarding Pass

With a same day arrival boarding pass and valid ID you can get a free afternoon lift ticket to ski that day from 12:30 PM – 4 PM at Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe.

Free Skiing on the Day of Departure at Mammoth

There aren’t a ton of details listed for this offer, but on the day of departure out of Mammoth/Yosemite, you can show your boarding pass at the Mammoth ticket window for a free same-day lift ticket. I’m a little unclear if you must be flying Alaska Airlines to LAX or SAN or if any same-day lift ticket such as the United flight to San Francisco will suffice, but at the very least it works for those Alaska flights.

Free Lift Ticket with Boarding Pass at RED Mountain Resort

This deal sounds pretty cool and straight-forward as all you need is an Alaska Airlines boarding pass into Spokane Airport (plus ID), and they’ll give you a free lift ticket to RED Mountain Resort with no blackout dates from December 9, 2017 – April 2, 2018. To claim your free ticket take your ID and boarding pass to Mountain Resort Guest Services.

Have you ever turned your airline boarding pass into a free lift ticket?


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  1. I used this end of season last year at Red Mountain with my Alaska boarding pass to Spokane. It worked great! Red Mountain (like all Interior BC ski resorts) is uncrowded and beautiful.

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