Free lift tickets
The excuse: “Lift tickets are too expensive.”
Solution: Ski for free.
Late sleepers and beginners: At Alta Ski Area, in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, no lift tickets are needed on the Sunnyside Lift at the Albion Base after 3 p.m. So anyone with sticks (Alta is one of the last holdouts—no snowboards) can schuss or pizza-plow down the packed powder until closing at 4:30. And at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, kids under 18 ski or board for free if Mom or Dad buys a multiday ticket. You can tell the kids, No, we don’t have to ski together. alta.com; mtbachelor.com