You’ve seen the snow reports. You might even have your gear prepped for your first day on the slopes. With many ski areas opening within the past couple weeks, you’re just about ready to rock.

If you’re a deal-seeker, thrill-seeker, or a little bit of both – we’ve rounded up the 20 best single-day deals on right now. Although prices fluctuate day to day, these deals offer at least $50 in savings from the window price, and in some cases, you’ll be saving upwards of 50% – maybe even more. Now that’s something to get stoked about.

So while you’re lazing around in a turkey coma, check out the list below, and grab tickets to your  favorite mountain town or discover fresh pow at a ski area that’s new to you.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

Region: California: Lake Tahoe and Northern

Bay Area skiers and snowboarders, unite! For a full day on the slopes, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, are about 3 to 3-½ hours from San Francisco or 2-½ hours from Sacramento. But if you’re in Northern Nevada, you may be able to sneak in more apres ski time since the drive is just shy of 2 hours.


Region: California: Lake Tahoe and Northern

For a family-friendly resort, swoop up a lift ticket and a rental for Homewood Mountain Resort. The Homewood Snow Rangers Academy offers a great program for kids ages 4-12, allowing students to learn at their own pace while also catering to more snow-advanced kids.

Mt Baldy

Region: California: Central and Southern

Hey SoCal! Less than an hour from San Bernardino, and under 2 hours from the San Fernando Valley, is Mt. Baldy. The closest ski area to Los Angeles for over 50 years now, Mt. Baldy offers activities for all snow and snow sport fans. This year, they’re opening a ski and snowboard park.

Mount Snow

Region: New England

Got a big group? You’ll want to check out lift tickets for Mount Snow – where they have the only 6-passenger bubble lift in North America, offering a drier and more comfortable ride up the mountain. Easily drivable from Albany, NY and New England, Mount Snow offers lots of lodging, restaurants and nightlife make this spot a great weekend getaway.

Sundance Resort Utah

Region: Utah

For adventure, fine dining, movies, and something for skiers and snowboarders at every level, head over to Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. There are 41 runs spread over 500 acres that are great for snowboarding, alpine skiing, and cross country skiing. Plus, the Bearclaw Cabin offers spectacular 360-degree views from the Uinta Mountains to Utah Lake. 


Region: Utah

If you’re looking for something for everybody in the Utah area, Brighton offers a slew of amenities including The New Millicent Chalet, three additional day lodges, ski and snowboard school, cafeterias, a pub, and frequent public bus transportation from downtown Salt Lake City. Plus, kids age 7 and under ski and ride free. 


Region: New England

Sugarloaf is the largest ski area east of the Rockies. Years ago, the resort committed to expanding terrain, and adding new lifts and village improvements, part of an initiative called Sugarloaf 2020. Most of this new terrain offers gladed tree-skiing in a powder-filled wilderness called Brackett Basin. Come for the skiing and snowboarding, and stay for the new restaurants and shops.


Region: Utah

Snowbird is the most accessible world-renowned four season mountain resort in North America: only 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, with over 600 daily non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities. With 85 runs over 2,500 acres of terrain, it has one Aerial Tram, 10 chairlifts, and two conveyer lifts. 

Stratton Mountain

Region: New England

Stratton offers big mountain skiing and riding from the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak. With a vertical drop of 2,003 feet, Stratton offers a blend of terrain from narrow and steep to wide-open cruisers. The breakdown of terrain for various skill levels? A blend of 40% novice, 35% intermediate and 25% advanced. They also have a fully licensed daycare for kids ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.

Waterville Valley

Region: New England

Waterville Valley boasts a swath of offerings for everyone: various kids’ programs ranging from ski/snowboarding school to private lessons, as well as daycare for kids ages 6 months and up. The resort also offers group or private lessons for adults, parks, restaurants, and a repair shop. With 62 total trails, Waterville Valley’s breakdown is: 14% novice, 64% intermediate, 22% advanced, 5 glades (all levels), and 6 mogul fields (all levels).

Sun Peaks Resort

Region: Western Canada

Ranked #7 in our “The Biggest Ski Areas In North America Right Now – 2019” post, Sun Peaks added a new quad chairlift this past winter. In the off season, it’s known for having one of the most natural and technical bike parks in the world.

Cranmore Mountain

Region: New England

Cranmore Mountain had its earliest opening day this season (2019/2020) – thanks to natural snowfall and aggressive snow-making efforts. Over the past decade, they have invested over $2 million in snowmaking improvements, including over 500 energy efficient snow guns. Last year, they pushed for 70% open terrain during Christmastime, compared to 35% in 2009. Cranmore Mountain also offers award-winning ski instruction, tubing, and slopeslide dining and lodging.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Region: Colorado

Named to our list last year of “4 Under-The-Radar Super Bowls You Can Ski,” A-Basin hosts the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, open from mid-October to early June, often later. In fact, during the 2018/2019 season, A-Basin was  closed only for 99 days, the shortest amount of time in its history.

Magic Mountain

Region: New England

With terrain for skiers and snowboarders at all levels, Magic Mountain boasts 26% expert terrain. They have 6 total lifts, including a new quad chair, and their snowmaking covers about 50% of their terrain. They also have tubing, live music, and great food.

Whiteface – Lake Placid

Region: NY, NJ, and PA

Whiteface – Lake Placid has the highest elevation in the Northeast, greatest vertical east of the Rockies, and snowmaking on 98% of their terrain. This former Olympic site has it all: historical significance, a museum, gondolas, tubing, daycare and camps for kids, and more.

Ragged Mountain

Region: New England

Ragged Mountain has two high speed detachable lifts, including New Hampshire’s only 6-pack lift, which means you’ll be able to get in more runs. Located 90 miles north of Boston, and less than 15 miles off of both I-93 and I-89, Ragged Mountain is easy to get to.

Middlebury Snow Bowl

Region: New England

Fun fact: This ski area is owned and operated by Middlebury College, whose ski team has a history of winning championships and has produced a number of Olympians. Black diamonds actually account for 40% of the terrain, though there are also beginner and intermediate options available.

Jack Frost and Big Boulder

Region: NY, NJ, and PA

In eastern central Pennsylvania, Jack Frost and Big Boulder are just 5 miles apart. The companion resort to the Big Boulder Ski Area, Jack Frost provides 21 different slopes and 9 lifts, including 1 quad and 2 triples. Meanwhile, Big Boulder devotes half of its acreage to freestyle terrain, with 15 different slopes that include 5 terrain parks.

Cypress Mountain

Region: Western Canada

Cypress Mountain is Vancouver’s biggest ski and snowboard resort and was the home to many of Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics, including halfpipe, freestyle, and cross courses. 40% of the terrain is for experts, while 37% is for intermediates. They offer grooming, slopeside dining, tubing, snowshoeing, lessons, equipment rentals, and much more. 

Smugglers’ Notch

Region: New England

Families have chosen Smugglers’ Notch as their Vermont vacation destination for decades, drawn by a wide variety of activities from art’ classes to zipline canopy tours. They also offer segway tours, a ropes course, snowmobiling, daycare, and lots more. 

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