Hmm. Maybe I better restate the original question:
Let's suppose I wake up on a winter day. I haven't planned ahead. I don't have enough money for a lift ticket and I want to ski free (legally) for some part of that day and I am less than 70 years old.
Do you know of areas where one could go to the office and say, if I do x, y or z for two (or three) hours this AM, will you give me a lift ticket for the remainder of the day?
Assuming the answer is "yes" what are specific names of areas that would do this and what might be the x, y or z in the this decade?
Josh, you say you "want to ski free (legally) for some part of that day and I am less than 70 years old."
That's hard to do even if you are more than 70 years old. It used to be that many ski areas let 70+ skiers have free tickets, thanks to the ski writer from New York State -whose name escapes me now - started the 70+ skiers club and lobbied for freebies. But now the woods are full of us. As evidence, check out the base lodge at Wachusett on weekday mornings during the winter.
Ski areas do give us a break in price, for which I'm grateful, but not many give freebies. I think Cannon does for 70+ skiers, but I don't know what other areas do that.
Actually, there's no real reason to do so. We take up as much room on the lifts and on the slopes and have at least as much fun as anyone else. Actually, we may even have more fun, since skiing is much easier and more comfortable than it used to be.
The 70+ thing was common a few years ago. The areas hoped that it would bring them out with other paying customers and/or at least sell food in the cafeteria.
Apparently, it did neither, with the seniors only bringing other seniors, and most packing their own brown bag lunches. As a result, those discounts are disappearing.
My understanding regarding Cannon Mt. is that getting the free-bie is weekdays only and you have to produce an ID that you are really a resident/citizen of NH.
But again, my real question is: Can I go to the desk of your favorite ski area and get a free ticket for some part of the day in exchange for providing some service to the mountain and what might that service be?
My guess is that, if you want to try something like that, you should probably present yourself (in person) at the ski areas that you are considering, and do it when they aren't busy. Plead your case, and see what they have to say. I did have some success doing that when I was younger...but that was before everyone became suit crazy, and before ski areas fell prey to insurance company dictates. I worked as a substitute liftie a few times. Other jobs ... a "Host", or Courtesy Patrol. Good Luck!
Like the old adage goes "there's no such thing as a free lunch".
If I remember correctly, last year if you owned a Jeep you got free lift tickets. I also remember that if you test drove a Chevy you got free lift tickets too. Hell, if you want free - you are still going to have to do some work.
Thanks, Skileader. I drew a blank on his name. That happens more often than it used to. It's what makes getting old more interesting. Everything's new again, over and over. I remember Lloyd Lambert at Eastern Ski Writer meetings back in the '60s and '70s. Nice guy.
1. Join ski school
2. Join ski patrol
3. Join the courtesy patrol
4. Work for a ski shop
5. Earn turns by hiking/backcountry
Day Tickets By Gone Methods
- before sticky-back lift tickets, two hours of stapling tickets used to do it.
- Some would give you a ticket in exchange for picking up trash in the parking lot for an hour or two, etc.
- Be a gate-keeper associated with a race.
- became a race team coach for high school or college or ski area race teams.
- be part of a media organization that reviews or promotes news at ski areas.
- chaperone an after school group
- paricipate in summer trail maintenance
- win a contest on radio. ski show
- special promos: own a jeep day, test drive a car, etc.
- know someone at an area who can score tickets for you
- be old: some areas give free tickets to people over age x, where x could be 65, 70 or 80
And I suppose to the extent that this posting resurrected this old thread, feel free to add more!