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Travel Tip: Trading Your Boarding Pass For Lift Tickets

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If you can’t wait to hit the slopes when you arrive the mountain, guess what?

You may actually be able to trade in your boarding pass for a same-day lift ticket.

In Park City, Utah, the program is called Quick Start. Just print out the online voucher and show them your boarding pass, and you’ll get a lift ticket to one of three mountains: Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons.

And Park City, for example, is only about 35 minutes from the airport, so if you arrive early, you can actually get in a full day of skiing.

In California’s Squaw Valley, you can trade in your boarding pass that lets ski anytime from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day.

And here’s one that really offers some value: At Mt. Rose in Lake Tahoe, the Happy Landings package means you can show your same-day boarding pass, and get a lift ticket not only for that day, but the next as well. Best of all, the mountain is only about 25 minutes from the airport.

So if you’re a die-hard skier on a budget, catch that early-morning flight and you get to hit those slopes … for free.

Find more winter fun in our Winter Sports section.

But don’t miss our ultimate guide to ski vacations: Planning, Packing and Powder: The Complete Guide To Ski Vacations.

And check out the rest of our Daily Travel Tips here.