Skiing in the West

Our favorite places to go skiing, from Tahoe to Telluride--plus some secret tips to take with you to the slopes

10 reasons to try skiing this season

Think skiing’s too cold, too crowded, too expensive? These solutions will have you itching to hit the slopes this season

Free lift tickets
Photo by  Brown Cannon III; written by Rachel Levin

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.;


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