5 Tips to Save on Family Ski Trips

Here at Mammoth Bound we believe that everyone should enjoy world class skiing and snowboarding like what we have here at Mammoth Mountain.

However, even as locals who enjoy short drives to the mountain, we know that skiing and snowboarding are expensive sports. They’re even more expensive if you’re traveling multiple hours to the slopes with a family. That’s why the Mammoth Bound team has created a short guide with tips to save on family ski trips here!

Check it out, then use Mammoth Bound to find the best deals on rentals and lodging in Mammoth Lakes!

Buy Local Season Passes

Everyone wants to explore different types of mountains and terrain by traveling across the country or even the world. The reality is that those trips are extremely expensive unless you’re willing to stay far from the mountains you’re visiting, car camp, or sacrifice other comforts to save money.

Those options aren’t always possible with a family, so you can save yourself money and a headache by skiing or snowboarding local.

No matter the size of your local mountain, becoming a part of its community by spending an entire season there is always a good thing. Plus, you can still save up for big trips down the road by skiing and snowboarding local!

Go to an Independent Mountain

What’s an independent ski mountain?

Large mountains like Mammoth are typically owned by larger corporations that provide higher quality experiences and amenities at a higher cost. While the skiing and snowboarding here are truly world-class, you can still have a blast skiing and snowboarding at smaller, independent mountains.

There’s a ton of value in supporting small independent mountains,  and there’s even a season pass designed to let you do it.

Learn on Smaller Mountains

Another great way to make the most of the money you spend on skiing and snowboarding is by learning to ski and snowboard at smaller, independent mountains.

Large mountains typically have a ton of terrain, but most of it is only accessible to advanced or intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Not only will you support smaller mountains and their communities by riding there, but you’ll also pay less while being able to use more of the terrain since it will be more beginner friendly.

Look for Deals at Smaller Mountains

Small or independent mountains are often able to offer better deals to fit their customers than large ones.

Whether that’s through night skiing, weekday season passes, or something else, these deals can save you a fortune over time while giving you plenty of opportunities to ski and snowboard. For example, at June Mountain kids 12 and under ski free!

Look for Season Rentals

Kids often grow out of their ski or snowboard gear within a season, which makes it incredibly expensive to buy them gear. Renting time and time again can also add up. However, some ski shops offer season long rentals so you pay one price for unlimited skiing and snowboarding on that gear for the entire season!

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