By Lionel Beehner
One of the best days to hit to slopes may be Super Bowl Sunday. That is because the slopes can be relatively empty. A number of North American ski resorts are now offering discounted passes and ski-and-stay packages. Liftopia, an online ski discounter that acts as a Priceline of sorts for the ski industry, has rounded up 44 deals on resorts across the country, from Copper Mountain out west ($54.99 day pass) to Killington out east ($54.99 day pass).
Some resorts are rolling out day-after specials contingent on the final score of the big game on Feb. 7. At Okemo in Vermont, lift ticket price will be charged at $1 a point, figured by the total combined points scored during the game. (For example, if the final score of the game is Saints 21 and Colts 14, the price of a lift ticket on Monday will be $35, with a $59 cap).
Others are offering last-minute weekend deals for the Super Bowl. For $99 a person a night, folks can ski at Sunday River in Maine and stay at a slopeside condominium. Or at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire, couples can ski or ride for just $66 ($40 per person).
Don’t expect thin crowds necessarily, ski industry insiders warn. Mountains in the East are usually less crowded on Super Bowl Sunday when a New England or New York team is playing in the game (ditto Colorado). “It all depends on who is playing,” said Tom Horrocks, a spokesman for Killington Resorts. “But most people just ski the morning and then bug out early to drive home and watch the game.”