The beginning of December is here, which means the beginning of ski season has arrived as well.
Skiing and snowboarding can often come with a price, and a very expensive one at that. Costs include a lift ticket along with ski and board rentals. Students can find great discounts on both of these things if they look hard enough.
Snowbasin ski day
Snowbasin offers a Weber State ski day on Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Normally adult lift tickets cost $89. With a WSU ID, students can get a lift ticket for $55. For $65 students can get both rentals and a lift ticket.
This is a great way to get students on the slopes without breaking their bank. These prices are considerably less than a regular lift ticket. Rentals normally cost $42, bringing the total of both the lift ticket and rentals to $131 on a regular day.
WSU rental program
WSU’s Outdoor Recreation rental center offers students an inexpensive way to get out and enjoy winter activities throughout the season. With a Wildcard, students can rent boots, poles and skis for $14 a day.
This is almost half the cost of renting from resorts.
Discounted seasons passes
Most resorts offer discounted seasons passes to college students. This year Alta offers a student season pass for $599, compared with the regular adult pass at $999. The Canyons offers a season pass to students for $399. The regular price for adult pass is $729.
These discounts of 40-45 percent make a season much more affordable.
Second Track sports
When looking to buy skis or a snowboard, you want your purchase to be well worth your expenditure.
The other day I was in Second Tracks, a sporting goods store at the base of the canyon across from Smith’s Marketplace. I found a board, boots and bindings for $230. This price blew me away.
Students can get screaming deals on equipment if they just put some time and effort into looking at secondhand stores as well.