Skiers and snowboarders in Alaska don’t have to pay full price to get on the slopes. Check out these ways to get a lift ticket for less than the window rate.

Anyone willing to dress up as Santa Claus on Dec. 23 can ski or ride Alyeska Resort for free. The tradition requires donning the appropriate costume from head to boots, not just slapping on a red hat. Wear your costume to the ticket office that morning to receive a complimentary lift ticket for that day.

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Alyeska's tram goes to the summit on a bluebird day. Photo by McGeez/Flickr.

Anchorage skiers can waltz into Costco to purchase discounted lift ticket packs for Alyeska Resort. Each pack, which costs $96, comes with two non-transferable adult tickets. The discount works out to 20 percent off the ticket window rate. The tickets are valid any day, and they can be used for night skiing, too.

The ticket packs for Alyeska are also available through You can find them here.

Hilltop Ski Area offers families a discount on lift tickets. A family of four can purchase tickets for $98. That rate knocks about $18 off what four full day tickets would cost. Tickets for additional family members can be purchased for $22 per person.

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Fifth graders can ride the lifts for free at Eaglecrest with Fifth Grade Passports. Photo by Jeffra Clough/Eaglecrest.

Fifth graders can get special passport to ski or ride free at Eaglecrest Ski Area. The passport program also includes one free rental and one free lesson. Fifth graders can show the passport at the ticket window to get a lift ticket whenever they want to ski. The application for the Fifth Grade Passport is located here.