Three U.S. ski resorts offer discounts or at-par pricing
Thinking of going skiing, snowboarding, or tubing during the winter break? Check out these family-friendly ski resorts that 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 78 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, Ice Haus Indoor Arena, Nordic and Learn-To-Skate lessons, and equipment rentals on property.
However, at 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.
830 Jay Peak Rd., Jay, Vermont
(802) 988-2611 • jaypeakresort.com
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 for Canadians for 35 years. Canadians can use the loonie at par for lift tickets, skiing or snowboarding lessons, as well as equipment rental.
You can also purchase a package of four days and four nights of skiing and get an extra day and night free, which is a $240 value. Plus, more than a dozen other business areas, including the Ponderosa Steak House and Candlewood Inn & Suites also accept Canadian cash at par, according to the Greater Watertown- North Country Chamber of Commerce.
18160 Alpine Ridge Rd., Watertown, NY
(800) 379-8584 • skidryhill.com
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.
With proof of residency, Canadians can also purchase a ticket on any Northern Territory Tuesday ticket and receive a Buy-1-Get-1-FREE full-day, three-mountain lift ticket valid for that day. The offer excludes some holidays and cannot be combined with other deals.
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
(800) 419-4615 • smuggs.com