Free or cheap ski passes for winter 2013

Posted by Hannah Engelkamp 5th September 2012

Skiing on a budget? There are all sorts of great deals on ski passes, which will help take the sting out of your ski holiday this year. Here's a round-up of the best we've come across.

If you already know which ski resort you are going to, we've got their ski lift pass information right here, which we'll update as the new prices for the ski season 2013 start being published.


1. Free lift passes

  • Nira Alpina hotel in St Moritz ski areaNew hotel in St Moritz ski area, Switzerland, offers free lift pass for every guest

The Nira Alpina hotel opened in Surlej last November, with a direct link to the finest skiing in the St Moritz region via the Corvastsch cable car and this winter season (30th Nov 2012 – 28th April 2013) it will be the first hotel in the Engadin Valley to offer a free ski pass to all its guests for the entire season, no matter how long guests book for.


  • Free ski passes for kids at easter in Alpbachtal, Austria

From the 23rd of March, 2013 until the end of the season, kids born after 1997 get free passes in Alpbach valley ski resorts when booking with an adult who is buying a full price pass.


  • Kids go free in the Kramsach area, Austria

During the entire winter season 2012/13 children up to the age of 15 can use the ski lifts in Kramsach for free. Anyone older than 15 pays a mere €4 per two hours.


  • Free lift passes with Crystal in La Clusaz

Go to La Clusaz, France with Crystal Ski - free lift passes for all!


  • Free ski passes when you go to the London Ski and Snowboard show

The long-standing Ski and Snowboard Show have 10,000 ski passes to give away; when you book your show ticket you can claim a one-day ski pass for Chamonix, Verbier, Geilo, Aosta and Tremblant, with more resorts due to be added too. The show runs from 31st October – 4th November 2012 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.


2. Buy one, get one free

  • Zermatt ski resortBOGOF with Iglu in Swiss resorts

Book one of these Iglu chalets in Verbier, Saas-Fee and Zermatt ski resorts, Switzerland, and get a free lift pass with each one you buy.


  • Two-for-one with Inghams in Zermatt and Verbier

Valid all dates, all season, with all Inghams chalets and chalet-hotels in Zermatt and Verbier, Switzerland, buy one lift pass and get one free.


  • Two-for-one with Inghams in Kimberly, Canada

Also valid all dates, all durations. You have to book by 30 November latest, but you can combine the offer with their ‘Ski 10 days / Pay only 8’ offer! (This, alarmingly, can work out as savings of up to £470 per couple on a two-week holiday!)


  • Two-for-one with Inghams in Fernie, Canada

Two-for-one lift pass Offers in Fernie, valid for all arrivals from 29 December and 12 February and 13 February 2013, all durations, now extended to bookings by 30 November latest.



3. Buy one, get one half price

  • Iglu do buy-one-get-one-half-price in Tignes and Val d'Isere ski resorts, France

Buy one area lift pass for the Espace Killy (that's Tignes and Val d'Isere), and get another half price. Available on 9 & 16 December, 13, 20 & 27 January & 17 March on these chalet holidays.


  • Buy one, get one half price with Inghams in French ski resorts

All the greats - Tignes, Val d’Isere, Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens. For departures 8 & 15 December and 12, 19 & 26 January and 16 March 2013. This could save you up to £106 per couple.


4. Cut-price lift passes

  • Saas-Fee ski resort, SwitzerlandSki pass only 25 Swiss Francs (that's £17 or so) per day in Engadin St Moritz!

Book two nights or more at one of the 100+ participating hotels and you can purchase a ski pass for just CHF 25.– per person, per day for your whole stay. Offer runs all winter 12/13.


  • Half-price lift passes in Banff and Lake Louise with Inghams

Buy a four-day whole area lift pass and get four days FREE. Save up to £299 per couple.


  • 20% off lift passes in Chamonix with Inghams

20% off Mont Blanc lift passes for all guests staying in Chamonix between 5 January and 15 February and16 March and 12 April 2013 (Book by 30 November).


  • 20% off Kitzbühel lift passes on dedicated days

Kitzbühel ski resort, Austria, are giving skiers 20% off ski passes on certain days. Monday is women's discount day, Wednesday is for students, Tuesday and Thursday for skiers aged 60, and kids get the discount on Saturday and Sunday.


  • Half price lift passes in Lapland with Inghams

Go to Saariselka between 2 – 22 December 2012 and 6 January – 16 February 2013 (when pre booked). Save up to £299 per couple.


5. Free lift passes for early season skiers

  • Book with Davos, Switzerland before Dec 23rd

Visit a participating hotel between the 16th of November and the 23rd of December and you'll get a free ski pass for the duration of your stay.


6. Early bird booking deals

  • 10% off liftpasses in Adelboden ski resort, Switzerland

Adelboden is offering a 10% discount to everyone buying their ski passes before 15 December, 2012

Two-for-ones in Sestriere and Sauze d'Oulx when you book early with Crystal

Book your Crystal ski holiday to the Hotel Du Col in Sestriere or the Hotel Splendid, Hotel Miravalle or Hotel Gran Baita in Sauze d’Oulx by 3 October 2012, you can get two-for-one area lift passes saving you £169. Children up to the age of seven get a free lift pass as well as seniors over 75

BOGOHPs when you book early with Crystal

Book your Crystal ski holiday to ANY resort in Andorra, Austria, France, Italy or Switzerland by 3rd October, and qualify for a Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price (BOGOHP) lift pass saving you up to £142


Reserve before the end of December to get:
10% reduction on six-day adult ski passes at Avoriaz, France
5% reduction on six-day ski passes at La Plagne, les Coches, Font-Romeu, Saint-Lary-Soulan, Valmeinier and Valloire
4% reduction on six-day “Paradiski illimité” and “Découverte” ski passes at Les Arcs (only one discount allowed at Les Arcs)


7. Hoilday booker goes free

Book your skiing holiday early and receive a 10% off the whole booking and a FREE full area ski pass for the group leader (anyone who's ever booked a group holiday - you totally deserve this!). This offer applies for bookings in all of their chalets for departures on 8th and 15th December, and the 12th and 19th January. (For parties over 4 and until the 31st September)


Saas-Fee lifts, for less if you book clever. As they say, every little counts...



About the author

Hannah Engelkamp is a travel journalist, which involves a pretty decent balance of writing and zipping around the pistes and bars of the Alps.

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