Maverick Mountain outside Dillon, Mont., has designed several ways to get cheaper lift tickets and save money on rental gear. They don't require purchase by a deadline, so you can buy them when it suits you best.
The resort launched their Sunday Passport last year, which turned out to be so popular that the passports are being promoted again. The passport is valid for a lift ticket on any Sunday of the season, including holiday weekends. Maverick's season usually holds about 17 Sundays, and since the passport is paid off by skiing five Sundays, you can ski more than two-thirds of the season for free.
Adult passports cost $120, and juniors 12 year old and under with valid school ID may purchase passports for $60. Your nontransferable passport is a permanent pass that you show at the sales window each Sunday to get your ticket to get on the lift.
Thursdays and Fridays are also great days for skiing at Maverick. The resort, which only opens four days per week Thursdays through Sundays, piles up untracked snow early each week. Thursday skiers get the freshies; plus, lift tickets on Thursdays and Fridays cost only $19.
Those needing new gear can save money through Maverick's Ski Lease Program. Leasing a package of skis, boots, and poles costs $50 to $70, depending on the package. You just pop in the rental shop to pick up your gear every time you go skiing, but you get to bypass the rental line.
Maverick plans to open for the season Dec. 6. Call the mountain's ticket office at (406) 834-3454 for information on these programs.
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