Spring is the Best Time to Learn to Ski. Here’s Why.

$99 ski, stay, and learn deals and massively discounted lift tickets and spring passes 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 per person, 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 through May 7, 2023.

If you’ve been in the market for private lessons, then you know how pricey they can be. Arapahoe Basin launches its Spring Two-Hour Lessons on May 1. For $250, beginners and intermediates get one-on-one instruction in either the Molly Hogan learning terrain or on mellow slopes off the Black Mountain Express. These are available until May 14.

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 $360, three lifts can be split between three skiers for $120 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, which is looking like some time in August.

Similarly, Palisades Tahoe’s Spring Ticket Trio gets you three days of skiing through closing day (currently July 4), which you can use for yourself or share with your ski buddies. The cost is $429, which breaks down to $143 per day. The window rate is as high as $218.

Purgatory extended its season by a couple weeks, and might go even later depending on conditions. Until closing day, you can snag daily lift tickets for as little as $29. That’s a major steal.

Snowbird just rolled out a lift ticket deal in honor of the new Woodward Peace Park collaboration. Show your season pass from any other Utah resort (including the Epic Pass), and get an $89 lift ticket for as long as the Peace Park is open (currently scheduled to close on May 7).

Spring Pass

Timberline Lodge Terrain Park
(Courtesy of Timberline Lodge)

Timberline’s Spring Pass is good until May 29, when the ski area transitions into summer-skiing operations, and gets you unlimited skiing for $269. The catch is that you only have until May 7 to purchase it.