Lake Tahoe is one of the top ski and snowboard destinations in the United States. With several resorts to choose from and gorgeous scenery featuring the sparkling blue lake, it’s easy to see why skiing enthusiasts flock here every winter. However, due to its immense popularity and high quality, lift tickets in the Lake Tahoe area are not cheap. (I looked into a few of the resorts in the area and they’ll run approximately 3x what we paid when we skied in the Alps.) What if I told you that there was a way to ski for free at Lake Tahoe? Gather ’round and I’ll tell you the little-known deal that will get you on the slopes at one of three premiere resorts for $0.
Four ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area offer free or discounted lift tickets for travelers with same-day boarding passes. Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Sierra-at-Tahoe all provide free lift tickets, and Mt. Rose offers a big discount. All you have to do to get one of these is present your boarding pass and photo ID.