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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Vermont Travel Club Card

When it comes to hobbies, I always joke that I picked the "most expensive ones".  From horseback riding to scuba diving to skiing, my bank account takes a hard hit when it comes to extracurricular activities.   As much as I love skiing, it can be an expensive hobby to maintain.  Even after the initial investment of gear, you have to keep putting money into lift tickets or season passes.  While season passes are often a "deal" in the long run, they are expensive up front and generally restrict you to one mountain. Of all the years I have been skiing, I have never held a season pass (even while living in Utah).

I have always looked for ways to score lift ticket deals whether it be memberships to ski clubs or discounts online at sites like Liftopia.  Here in New England, there are a lot of ski mountains to chose from and many are very expensive.  Stowe for instance, breaks the bank at $124 for a one-day lift ticket.  The high prices of Stowe had also turned me off from skiing the mountain.  However, a friend had a condo at the base of the mountain and I was eager to give Stowe a try (you can read all about my day skiing Stowe HERE ).  Before forking over the $124 for a one-day lift ticket (ouch), I did a lot of research on discounted lift tickets.  After some extensive internet searches and phone calls into various travel clubs or memberships, I discovered that a $54 one-time fee gets you membership to the Vermont Travel Club Card, a card that offers lift ticket discounts at various Vermont mountains, as well as discounts at restaurants and hotels.  

The Vermont Travel Club Card also gets you discounts at 11 Vermont ski resorts such as Sugarbush, Smugglers Notch, Killington, Okemo, Mount Snow plus Sunday River Maine (and even Utah!).  This card also gets you discounts at other Vermont mountains as well as discounts at hotels and restaurants. One fee of $54, lots of discounts. The Vermont Travel Club Card brings the $124 Adult One-Day Stowe lift tickets down to $70, paying for itself right off the bat.  

Getting the card is simple.  All it takes is a quick and easy signup form online and you will receive your card in the mail.  Order it in advance of your trip and allow five to seven business days from the date of your order to receive your card(s). Cards are printed in Vermont and mailed to you by USPS.  Luckily, Stowe is one of the places they can expedite your card and leave for you in town.  If you need your card to ski Stowe, email Jack or Shawn (Contact info at the end) to have your card delivered to Northern Lights Lodge. 

 Single memberships are $54 for one card. However, the real deal is in the family card. If you do the 5 card family pass, membership is as low as $36 per card (family memberships are exactly that, for immediate members of the family, mother, father, children).

To use the card, simply bring it with you to the ticket window to purchase your lift ticket.  Present the card (with valid photo ID) and bam!  discount received.  As easy as it is, some ski resorts have restrictions on where (and which windows) you can get your discount.  I know Okemo for instance, you can only receive the discount at the Group Sales Center, located in the bus parking lot, seven days a week between the hours of 8 am and 12 pm.  Before heading to the mountain, check the VTCC website to see if there are special instructions on purchasing your discounted lift tickets. 

Participating Mountains
  • STOWE: $71 for a one day adult lift ticket. and $45 for a 6-12 year old. (vs. $124 plus tax, 2016/17 window rate) - Save $53 based on a one day ticket purchased at the window. No blackout dates. 
  • SUGARBUSH:  Save $42 off window ticket price Sunday-Friday, non holiday, based on 2016-2017 all mountain one day ticket price of $97
  • JAY PEAK: you pay $53 per for one day adult lift ticket (save $29 based in 2016-2017 published ticket price of $82), for one day adult lift ticket.  Vaild seven days a week no holiday restrictions.
  • BOLTON VALLEY: $45 any day... no blackouts (Save $24 on adult weekend tickets).
  • SMUGGLERS NOTCH:  $15 off the window rate.
  • KILLINGTON:  $10 off weekends and $20 off midweek days, NO BLACKOUT DATES FOR 2016 ! 
  • PICO:  $20 off any day !
  • OKEMO:  $15.00 off retail 1-day price, weekends and holidays. Applies to all age groups.$20.00 off retail 1-day price, midweek non-holiday. Applies to all age groups.
  • MOUNT SNOW:  Adult $67 Sunday Adult $57, Adult Midweek one day $50, Adult Holiday $76.
  • SUNDAY RIVER: $10 off Day Lift Tickets
  • BURKE MOUNTAIN:  Burke Mountain all day lift ticket is only $44 valid for any age. Offer is valid seven days a week except from February 18-24,2017
  • SALT LAKE CITY SUPER PASS:  Save from $16 on 3-day, up to $33 on 7-day pass off the already discounted Super Pass. Valid at Brighton, Solitude, Alta, Snowbird. 

  • Hampton Inn: Colchester, Vermont
  • Northern Lights Lodge: Stowe, Vermont
  • Town and Country Resort: Stowe, Vermont
  • Golden Eagle Resort: Stowe Vermont.  Lodging discount is 15% off mid week and 10% off weekend room rate non-holiday.
  • Sun & Ski and Suites: Stowe Vermont, 10% off lodging (non-holiday) call for details !
  • Hampton Inn: Brattleboro Vermont. Lodging discount is 10% off weekend and 15% off mid week, non-holiday.
  • Sugarlodge at Sugarbush: Warren, Vermont Lodging discount is 15% off weekends and mid week, non hoiliday.
  • Jay Village Inn: Jay, Vermont. Lodging discount is 10% off any nights non-holiday.
  • Yellow Farm House: Sugarbush, Vermont
  • White Horse Inn: Sugarbush, Vermont,  10% off mid week room rate, non-holiday.
  • Killington Mountain Lodge: Killington, Vermont. 15% mid-week and more specials at their web site, non-holiday
  • Wildflower Inn: Burke Mountain area, Vermont. 15% off mid-week non-holiday.

  • Trattoria La Festa Stowe, Vermont
  • The Common Man Restaurant: Sugarbush Vermont, 10% off food only, please present card before ordering
  • Chez Henri Restaurant & Bistro: Sugarbush Vermont, 10% off food only, please present card before ordering
  • Outback Pizza & Night Club: Killington, Vermont. 10% off food only, please present card before ordering.
  • Wally's American Grill: Killington, Vermont. 10% off food only, please present card before ordering.
  • Santa Fe Steak House:  Killington, Vermont. Enjoy 20% off all Entrees, included with each entrĂ©e is Santa Fe's famous Caesar Salad Bar (hamburgers and Tavern Menu excluded from discount)10% off food only, please present card before ordering.
  • Doc Ponds: Stowe, Vermont. 10% off food only, please present card before ordering.
  • Sushi Yoshi: Stowe, Vermont. 10% off food only, please present card before ordering.
  • Wildflower Inn: Burke Mountain area, Vermont. Dinner at their restaurant, Juniper's, second entree at 1/2 price for the mid-week dining. Please present your card before ordering. 
  • Jay Village Inn: Jay, Vermont. 10% off food only.  valid non-holiday. Please present card before ordering.
  • Terra Rossa Ristorante:  Sugarbush Access Road, Warren Vermont. 10% off food only. valid non-holiday. Please present card before ordering.
  • Idletyme Brewing Company: Stowe, Vermont
  • Stowe Bowl:  Stowe Vermont , 10% off food (no alcohol) 
  • Juniors: Stowe Vt,  - 10% off food, (no alcohol)
  • Burke Mountain Resort: is offering 10% off food (no alcholol) at two of their restaurants, The Gap Pub located in the new Burke Hotel and Tamarck Sports Bar & Grille

Jack Nickerson
P.O. Box 357
Waterbury Center, Vt. 05677
877.Ski Vermont (877.754.8376) 

Shawn Sullivan
73 Nannacher Rd.
Waterbury, Vt. 05677 
Cell 802 578 6000



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