A quick Instagram search can help you find an otherwise unnoticed ski and stay deal. Insta photo.
Spring is the best time of year for a snowboard trip. All the slushy laps, parking lot beers, flannel-wearing comfort can be yours for, well, not that much money. Here are some quick tips to help you locate cheap lodging before you hit the road.
Twitter searches require a bit more scouring than Instagram, but you can still find relevant deals with some effort. MacKenzie Ryan photo.
Instagram and Twitter have changed how we find information. It’s no different for finding ski packages. A fast search for #skiandstay, #skiandstayspecials, and similar tags on Instagram and Twitter will reveal the most recent ski and lodging packages. Narrow down your search by hashtagging your desired location. Or, if your destination is still undetermined, scroll at will.
As you peruse, consider a few of things. An Instagram search will stack the most popular results at the top of your screen, and place the most recent at the bottom. For booking reasons, you will want to locate the latter. A Twitter search will stack results from people and organizations you follow first.
Location-based Ski Industry Marketing Companies
Sites like Ski Utah store literally hundreds of lift ticket, lodging, transportation, rental, and dining deals. Ski Utah photo.
Ski industry marketers and chambers of commerce are your friends. They rally ski town businesses together, create dining and lodging packages, and then market the crap out of them, dangling a free lift ticket carrot to seal the deal.
If one of these organizations aren’t offering something you like right now, you can mine so many affordable resort lodging options on statewide ski industry websites like Ski Utah’s Deals page. It lists a huge number of lodging, rental, transportation deals that most people will not notice.
For example, Ski Sandy advertised a lodging deal with breakfast, transportation, and Snowbird passes. Most people who haven’t ridden at the Bird wouldn’t know Sandy, not Salt Lake, is the closest town to the resort, and therefore, a deal like this frequently gets overlooked.
App Equation: Gas Buddy + Hotels.com + Liftopia = Cheap
Liftopia lists the week's cheapest lift tickets right on its home page. Liftopia photo.
Packages aren’t everyone’s thing. If you prefer things to be as cheap as they can get, pick the closest location with snow and pack your gear.
Gas Buddy will help you find the least expensive fuel no matter where you are. Hotels.com will get you the least expensive rooms available at your destination. You may find slightly cheaper, single room stays on AirBnb, and these stays typically let you use the kitchen and laundry rooms.
Then, you have Liftopia. You can find hands-down the least expensive lift tickets on this site, which offers the ability to search by day and resort where you’ll find those cheap stubs.