A Few Resorts Charge Nothing For Scenic Summer Lift Rides
Free rides all the time at Bretton Woods (Bretton Woods/Facebook)
A ride up a ski lift in the offseason both gives a different perspective on a favorite mountain and gets the juices flowing for the upcoming skiing and snowboarding season.
The vast majority of resorts charge a fee for riding their lifts in the summer, either for single rides or for all day. However, there are a few resorts across the country that forego any charge just to get their patrons up to the top for that perspective and preseason jones.
Here they are:
Bretton Woods. A ride up the Bethlehem Express Quad costs nothing, but the payout is spectacular views of the west flank of Mount Washington, the highest point in the Northeast. The Latitude 44 Degrees restaurant awaits at the summit for refreshments, before hiking down or hopping back on for the return trip. Bretton Woods offers two kids, 12 and under, free with a paying adult.
Keystone. Every Friday during the summer, the Friday Afternoon Club convenes at the top of the Colorado mountain for music, food and games. The ride up is free after 1 p.m., and the activities last until 7 p.m.
Copper Mountain. Spend $12 in the Colorado mountain’s base area and get a free ride up the American Eagle chairlift. From the top, the 10-Mile Range, Gore Range and Vail Pass spread out before you.
Many resorts offer free chairlift rides with your 2016-2017 season pass. But if you’re willing to pay a few bucks to get up into the clouds, check out the scenic chair at Mount Bachelor. The solitary volcano affords a view of a million or so acres – plus a closeup look at old lava flows and all-year snowfields.
At Northstar, three lifts are at your service to get to the summit of the California mountain. From there, the Sierras dominate the views, as does Lake Tahoe below.