College is a high-stress time of life; there’s always a midterm, final, or massive research paper lurking around the corner, keeping students from being able to relax…much. But, getting onto the slopes is a great escape; fresh air, exercise, and the exhilaration of putting an edge into fresh snow clears out the cobwebs and makes it easier to go back and make sense of that fascinating textbook. To make it even sweeter, ski areas give discounts to students (more likely, they make it easier for Mom & Dad to pay for the whole thing!). Here’s this year’s list of Northeast ski areas and the passes they offer for college students. Some have deals that end soon, so find your local area and make sure you don’t miss the deal you want. Pay close attention to the Multi Resort Passes…the price can vary a LOT for the same pass, depending on which mountain you buy it from, or when you buy it! (Disclaimer: Ski areas can change prices at any time, so it might not be smart to wait until the last minute. Also, while we’ve fact-checked this article as much as possible, we keep hearing from ski areas that “oh, we’ve changed that price and haven’t updated our website.” So, we update as we get new information, but doublecheck the price before you click that “Buy Now” button!)
Note that resorts that have arrangements with other resorts have a note about “Multi Resort Pass”; the details on those are below in the article.
Bigrock has $100 season passes for students at The University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College. ALL Season Passes are $150 for all skiers and riders between the ages of 6 and 74.
Camden Snow Bowl, Camden ME. Through 18th: Camden Resident $238, Non-Resident $309. After the 18th: Camden $264, Non $344.
Lost Valley, Auburn, ME. $225.
Mount Abram, Locke Mills, ME. – $149 for the rest of the year.
Saddleback, Rangeley, ME. - $349 all season long, $384 for RLTC Combo (includes XC at Rangely Lakes Trails Center).
Shawnee Peak, Bridgton, Maine – $199.
Sugarloaf, Carrabasset Valley, ME. -$359 Through the Nov. 30th, TBD after the 30th (Multi Resort Pass).
Sunday River, Newry, ME. -$359 Through the Nov. 30th, TBD after the 30th (Multi Resort Pass).
Catamount, South Egremont, MA. – $239.
Jiminy Peak, Hancock, MA. -$299 (Multi Resort Pass).
Nashoba Valley, Westford, MA. -$199.
Attitash, Bartlett, NH. -$319 through December 16, TBD after (Multi Resort Pass).
Black Mountain, Jackson, NH. – $325.
Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods, NH. -$309 through November 30, $329 after (Multi Resort Pass)
Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch, NH. -$309 through November 30, $329 after (Multi Resort Pass).
Cranmore Mountain, North Conway, NH. -$309 through November 30, $329 after (Multi Resort Pass).
Crotched Mountain, Bennington, NH. -$319 through December 16, TBD after (Multi Resort Pass).
Granite Gorge, Roxbury, NH. – $99.
Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford, NH. – $199 (Multi Resort Pass).
Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH. -$359 Through the Nov. 30th, TBD after the 30th (Multi Resort Pass).
Mount Sunapee, Sunapee, NH. -$259 (NH College Breakout Pass), or $315 (SOS Pass)…in other words, pick your favorite Multi Resort Pass!
Pats Peak, Henniker, NH. – $359 Through November 4th, $409 after.
Ragged Mountain, Danbury, NH. – $299.
Wildcat Mountain, Pinkham Notch, NH. -$319 through December 16, TBD after (Multi Resort Pass).
Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, NH. – $309 through November 30, $329 after (Multi Resort Pass).
Whaleback Mountain, Enfield, NH. – $99.
Belleayre Mountain, Highmount, NY – $263.00 through the November 30th, $313 after.
Gore Mountain, North Creek, NY. – $385 through November 16th, $485 after. (Multi Resort Pass).
Labrador Mountain, Truxton, NY. -$225 through November 30, $250 after.
Ski Plattekill, Roxbury, NY. – $239.
Swain Resort, Swain, NY. -Two deals; a full pass is $310, a twilight pass good after 3 P.M. is $199.
Titus Mountain, Malone, NY. – $299.
Toggenburg Mountain, Fabius, NY. -$175.
West Mountain, Glens Falls, NY. – $299.
Whiteface, Wilmington, NY. – $385 through November 16th, $485 after. (Multi Resort Pass).
Windham Mountain, Windham, NY. -$269.
Bolton Valley, Bolton, VT. -$249 until October 31, $399 after (Multi Resort Pass).
Bromley Mountain, Peru, VT. -$389 (Multi Resort Pass).
Burke Mountain, East Burke, VT. – $199 through November 5th (also see Multi Resort Pass with Jay Peak).
Jay Peak, Jay, VT. – $199 before November 5, $349 after (also see Multi Resort Pass).
Killington, Killington, VT. -$329 through December 13, price after TBD (Multi Resort Pass).
Mad River Glen, Waitsfield, VT -$359 through November 7, $459 after (Multi Resort Pass; see Sugarbush).
Magic Mountain, Londonderry, VT – $149.
Middlebury Snow Bowl, Hancock, VT. -$290 until November 30; $360 after. But, if you’re a Middlebury College student, it’s only $160, anytime!
Mount Snow, Dover, VT. – $319 through December 16th (Multi Resort Pass).
Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, VT. – $299 until December 17, $399 after (Multi Resort Pass).
Smugglers Notch, Smugglers Notch, VT. -$249 until October 31, $399 after (Multi Resort Pass).
Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe, VT. – Full time students, $399 through October 30, $499 after. Part time students, $599/$749 (hey, you’ve got more free time to ski, right?).
Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton, VT. -$299 (Multi Resort Pass).
Sugarbush, Warren, VT. – Three options, one including Mad River Glen…check their site for details! $219/319/359 through November 7, $319/419/459 after.
Multi Resort Passes
Killington & Pico – $329 through the 13th.
Jay Peak & Burke- $249 before November 5, $499 after…you don’t want to hand THIS paper in late!
Mount Sunapee & Gunstock – $259 by December 17th.
Sugarloaf, Sunday River, & Loon Mountain- $359 Through the Nov. 30th, TBD after the 30th.
Sugarbush Resort & Mad River Glen are offering the “Threesome Pass” to Mad River Glen and Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen for $359 through November 7, then $459. This is the first time these two resorts have ever shared a single pass! You can help make history. Next step, World Peace . . .
New to the multi pass lineup this year is the 3 Mountain College pass which includes Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass, Bromley Mountain in Peru,Vermont, and Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, NH. Pricing…$299 from Jiminy and $389 from Bromley. Aren’t you glad we’re doing your homework??? And even though Cranmore is included, you can’t buy your pass there; they only sell the 4-NH pass (see below).
Also new is the 2 for U college pass which includes Smugglers’ Notch and Bolton Valley. $249 before October 31, and $399 after.
Attitash Mountain Resort , Wildcat Mountain, Mount Snow, Crotched Mountain in Bennington, NH (now including Midnight Madness) and Jack Frost Big Boulder in Blakeslee, PA, have all teamed together for the Higher Education Pass for for $319. Go right to the lifts at Attitash and Mount Snow; bring your pass to the ticket window at Crotched Mountain and Jack Frost/ Big Boulder.
4-NH Pass: Bretton Woods, Cannon, Cranmore and Waterville Valley. $309 before November 30, $329 after. On cold days, ski Cranmore and Bretton…when it’s warm, rip up Cannon and Waterville!
Mount Sunapee went all-out this year. Not only did they contribute to the awesome College Breakout Season pass, they teamed up with Okemo and Stratton to offer the SOS (get it?) Pass. Pricing? Well…at Okemo and Stratton, $299 until 12/17, then $399. Sunapee SEEMS higher, at $315 now, but that works out to be the same price when you factor in tax in Vermont. In other words…buy where it’s convenient for you!
In New York, students up to age 22 can hit both Whiteface and Gore all season for $385 (price goes up to $485 after November 19, so get moving!)
Okay, put down your pencils and pick up your wallet. Class dismissed!