Let's admit it: Skiing is expensive — $125 lift tickets, $80 rentals, $15 chili bowls. These days a family of four can drop a grand on a single day of shredding, and that doesn't even include travel or lodging. But there are deals to be had. The industry behemoth, Vail, has been buying up resorts as if they were McDonald's franchises (the latest being British Columbia's iconic Whistler Blackcomb), while competitors have designed package deals and partnerships to attract skiers. So if you know how to work things right — to buy the best multiday passes, to stay at the perfect low-key resort, or to forgo slopeside lodging for a less expensive (and in many cases nicer) Airbnb rental — you can still hit the slopes for cheap. Or cheaper, at least. Price is, of course, just one component of a great ski trip. Other considerations include the amount of time you have, the terrain you want to hit, and the kind of resort-town vibe you prefer. Fortunately, there are new ways to dial in those factors as well. Here's how to score, whatever you're looking for.
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