Four U.S. ski resorts offer discounts or at-par pricing
Thinking of going skiing, snowboarding, or tubing this winter? These family-friendly ski resorts will help make our weak dollar feel a little stronger
Jay Peak Resort
Jay Peak, located in Vermont, was the first supporter of the loonie at par back in the 1980s. The resort has 79 trails with many options for first-timers and experts alike.
With proof of residency, the resort accepts Canadian cash at par for lift tickets, day passes to the Pump House Indoor Waterpark, Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Trails, Nordic and Learn-To-Skate lessons, and equipment rentals on property.
At the resort retail shops and dining outlets, Canadian currency is accepted but with exchange rates applied. Credit card lodging deposits that are reserved online will be charged in US funds, but you can pay the balance in Canadian cash at par upon check-in.
Canadians can also purchase a season pass for Jay Peak at par, either in cash at the resort (proof of residency is required), or by mailing in a cheque and application form. The pass will give you access to extra discounts on lessons, waterpark access and cheaper lift tickets at nine different mountains, including Pats Peak, NH, Wintergreen Resort, VA and Shawnee Peak, ME. Click here for more information about its at-par policy.
830 Jay Peak Rd.
Titus Family Ski Centre
Titus Family Ski Centre offers a variety of options including discounted lift tickets, an overnight stay and coupons for tubing, lessons and rentals.
Located in Malone, NY, about a two-hour drive south of Montreal, the family-friendly resort features 50 trails and glades over three interconnected mountains, as well as a two-lane tubing hill accessed by 10 lifts. 15 of the trails are open for night skiing. Visitors can also enjoy live music every weekend during ski season.
Kids can take private lessons or practice balancing on skis with a parent in the Titus Teddy Learning Area, which has a magic carpet lift. The learning slopes also include regular visits from cheery mascots Titus Teddy and Shredding Betty.
The mountain offers three terrain parks. The Little Tikes Park is designed for kids who are just learning how to ride the rails while the Live Mas Park offers an assortment of jibs and jumps for more advanced skiers and snowboarders. A third park, Mo’s Stash, is never groomed. Its all-natural rails and jumps emerge organically from the mountain itself.
Three eateries are available slope side and there is an area for families who prefer to bring their own lunch. There is also a ski tune-up and repair shop, as well as equipment rentals.
Smugglers’ Notch, located about an hour and a half from Montreal, recently added a ski- and snowboarding learning area for children ages 3-6, plus there are many non-skiing activities for kids including puppet making, sledding on inflatable air-boards and snow art. In September, Ski Magazine voted Smugglers the number one kid-friendly resort in the Eastern U.S. and Canada.
The resort offers Canadians 25 per cent off several Smugglers’ winter vacation packages. Prices start at $129 per adult and $99 per child aged 3-17 per night. These prices include condominium lodging, daily lift tickets, snow tubing, access to the Nordic cross country ski and snowshoe trails, heated pool and hot tubs, guided winter walking, and daily family activities. One package, the Winter Experience, includes non-skiing activities such as snowshoeing, skating, tubing and more.
In addition, all packages are backed by the Smugglers’ family fun guarantee: if anyone enrolled in a learn-to-ski or snowboard program does not enjoy it, the resort will refund the entire program fee.
4323 Vermont Rte 108 South
Smugglers’ Notch, VT
Dry Hill Family Ski & Tubing Area
Dry Hill Ski Area is geared towards families, with gentle slopes, a snow tubing park and a complete instructional program for kids, including skiing and snowboarding lessons. After some winter fun, warm up at the relaxing outdoor Fireside Lounge before heading out again. The resort is located in New York State, about a three-hour drive from Montreal.
Dry Hill has offered at-par pricing to Canadians for 35 years. Canadians can use the loonie at par for lift tickets, skiing or snowboarding lessons, as well as equipment rentals.
18160 Alpine Ridge Rd.