Here's a cool way to get a free lift ticket. Have you always wanted one of those Tahoe license plates? Through a public-private partnership, when you buy a Tahoe license plate you receive a free alpine or nordic ticket to the resort of your choosing. It's called the Plate for Powder program and it's is in place until April of this year. Go to Tahoeplates.org for details.
Savings abound at some of the less trumpeted resorts too, like Mt Rose. They offer a two-fer Tuesday deal. Visitors get one free lift ticket with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket on Tuesdays.
Or, if you plan to ski as a family more than a couple times this season, look into Soda Springs Family Pass. Two adults and two kids get unlimited skiing, plus access to Tube Town and Planet Kids for extra excitement in the snow. A whole season of outdoor fun for around $500 is a superb value at Soda Springs.
Ice skaters, did you know that if you bring your own skates you can skate at Northstar's 9,000 square foot rink for free? Skate rentals are available at $20.
Discounts are fairly well known by going to the website Liftopia.com, especially if you buy your lift tickets, lessons or gear tickets well in advance. Or if you're an REI member, you can enjoy some nice discounts at resorts like Sierra at Tahoe and Homewood to name just two. Costco members can avail themselves to discounts at some primo resorts on the southern end of the state like Mammoth Mountain and Big Bear.