You don't have to pay the window rates at Kirkwood if you know the system. The resort offers several ways to get discounts on lift tickets.

Discounted Kirkwood lift tickets are available at regional Costco stores. The tickets, which are valid any time including holidays, come in packs of two. The pack can be split between two people or used two different days.

Kirkwood lift ticket packs are available at participating Costco stores in Northern California as well as Reno and Carson City in Nevada. The packs cost $114.99, which makes the daily lift ticket cost $57.50 as opposed to $74 for regular days or $77 for holidays.

Lift tickets for Kirkwood also are cheaper if purchased online rather than bought in person at the ticket window. Adult lift tickets, for instance, cost $5 less that the regular ticket rate and $8 less than the holiday rate if purchased online.

Adult two-day and three-day tickets are also available online for those who plan to ski two or three consecutive days. Both consecutive multi-day tickets discount the daily rates even more. Single day E-tickets are also available for juniors, children, seniors, and college students.

E-tickets are valid any day of the 2009-10 season with no restrictions. However, Kirkwood's E-tickets must be used by the end of this winter and are not valid if resold.

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