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Why Spring is the Best Time to Learn to Ski, Plus More Spring Deals

$99 ski, stay, and learn deals and massively discounted lift tickets make this month one of the best values in the industry.

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Yes, spring slarves through corn snow and deck beers are some of the many highlights of skiing at the end of the season. Another big plus? There are some great deals to be had out there right now, especially for new learners. If you’ve been thinking about getting into the sport, or if you’re a dedicated skier trying to hook friends or family on your habit, think spring.

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We collected the best deals we could find at resorts across the country, and we can say for sure that spring is a mighty good value, all things considered.

The Best Spring Deals at North American Resorts

From beginner packages to season passes just for the spring months, there are deals to be found if you know where to look.

Learn to Ski

Luke Larsen, SKI Test at Solitude, March 2021
Solitude’s spring learn-to-ski package is a screaming deal that will set beginners on the path to carving like this guy. Photo: Keri Bascetta

It’s hard to beat Solitude’s Intro to Skiing package. For $99.50, you get a lift ticket, equipment, a two-hour lesson, and one night at the Inn at Solitude, right at the base. The fine print: This is for new Utah skiers only, proof of residency is required.  Valid April 3-24.

Lift Tickets

"Mammoth Mountain in the spring"
Mammoth’s spring vibes can’t be beat, especially with the 3Up ticket deal for you and two pals. Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth’s 3Up is a great deal for a last-minute group shred. For $375, three lifts can be split between three skiers for $125 a pop. For comparison’s sake, day tickets at Mammoth are running around $180 to $200. The fine print: None, really. Split the 3Up or use them all for your greedy self. Must be used before closing day (end of May, conditions permitting).

Did you know you can ski Palisades Tahoe for $89 if you show a season pass from any other resort? The deal starts today, April 4, and runs through closing day (May 16). Neither did we. The fine print: Must be purchased in person at the ticket window.

Jackson Hole offers a similar deal, called the Golden Ticket, with pass holders from any other resort earning 50 percent off window rates (today’s walk up ticket costs $167, fyi). There are also lodging discounts associated with the Golden Ticket promo. The fine print: JHMR closes on April 10, so there’s not much time left.

Season Pass

Idaho’s Silver Mountain stays open for a few more weeks. Courtesy of Silver Mountain

You’ve probably heard about the Ikon Pass’s spring access at 10 resorts, but did you know about the Indy Pass’s Spring Pass? For just $189, skiers can two days at all 82 partner resorts through the end of their respective seasons. The fine print: Spring Pass holders get 25 percent off a third day and 10 percent discount off their 2022-’23 pass through May 17.