Your valentine loves to ski almost as much, as much or more than you do. Your valentine monitors snow reports and chases powder. An ideal date? Dinner and a movie where the movie is a ski film whether it's the latest release from Warren Miller, Matchstick or Teton Gravity Research. You and your valentine are a match made in heaven: you dig skiing.
So why not add skiing to the Valentine's Day roster that typically includes roses, chocolates and fine dining? That idea becomes less of a bank breaker with some help from Liftopia, the largest online and mobile marketplace for lift tickets and other mountain activities, which is offering lift ticket savings at resorts across the country to coincide with the long weekend ahead (yes, in case you forgot like this skier did, Monday is President's Day, which means a day off for several schools and businesses). Between the storms that have blanketed ski resorts with feet of snow just begging to be skied and the holidays, skiers have even more reasons to get on the slopes Feb. 14-17.
As for saving on lift tickets and avoiding the high prices at the ticket window that come with holiday weekends, Liftopia's deals for the weekend include:
- Savings that range from 21 percent to 51 percent in Tahoe and California at resorts like Mt. Baldy, Snow Valley, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Mt. Rose, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, and Boreal.
- Savings that range from 15 percent to 44 percent at Colorado resorts like Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Granby Ranch and Winter Park. Skiers can hit Ski Cooper and Sunlight for less than $50 a day.
- Savings that range from 21 percent to 79 percent at New England resorts like Sunday River, Waterville Valley, Pico, Mt. Abram, Attitash-Wildcat and Ragged.
- Savings that range from 28 percent to 44 percent at resorts in the Pacific Northwest like night skiing at Timberline Lodge starting at $18, skiing at Mt. Spokane starting at $30, and two-day tickets at Mt. Hood starting at $88.99.
- In New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, lift tickets start at $32.99 at Plattekill, $45.99 at Belleayre, and $48.99 at Mountain Creek.
- Savings range from 18 percent to 32 percent at Utah resorts like Brian Head where lift tickets start at $36.99, Snowbasin where lift tickets start at $68.99, and Park City where lift tickets start at $86.10.
- Midwest resorts have lift ticket savings that range from 27 percent to 43 percent. Christmas Mountain offers two-day lift tickets that start at $48.99 while one-day tickets start at $32 at Caberfae Peaks, $37.99 at Shanty Creek, and $56.95, including rental, at Cascade Mountain.
- Two-day lift tickets at Tremblant, Quebec start at $111.
- In West Virginia, lift tickets start at $27 at Canaan Valley and $64.99 at Snowshoe Mountain.
- Virginia's Bryce Resort has 8-hour flex lift tickets starting at $39.99.
- Savings of roughly 30 percent at Arizona Snowbowl where lift tickets start at $41.50 and Lookout Pass in Idaho where tickets start at $26.99.
- Also in Idaho, skiers can save 30 percent on select multi-day tickets at Sun Valley. The three of five day lift tickets start at $218.99.
- Alaska's Alyeska Resort has lift tickets starting at $53.99.
With deals like these, you'll have money left over to splurge on something special for Valentine's Day (think dinner at those resort restaurant you dream of dining at more frequently) or hanging with your ski buddies. For more details on Liftopia's sales, check out the company's website.