Management at the northern New Mexico resort announced that lift tickets will be free for furloughed employees who want to ski and snowboard Mondays through Fridays until the shutdown ends.
Those wishing to take advantage of this offer must bring a copy of their furlough notice letter plus a federal ID to get the ticket. Weekends are not included in the deal.
Becoming known for its inventive ticketing strategies, Angel Fire unveiled a discounted season pass for K-12 teachers. Believed to be the first such offer in the industry, the teachers-ski-free pass went for $99 until opening day; it can be purchased for $199 throughout the rest of the season, and requires an ID and pay stub for employment verification.
These deals link well with Angel Fire's focus on military veterans (the Vietnam Memorial is just down the road) and its largest market in Texas.
This week, Mt. Hood Meadows joined in with free skiing and riding for furloughed workers on Monday through Friday as long as the shutdown lasts.
In Vermont, federal employees affected by the government shutdown will also ski free at Mad River Glen, Sugarbush and Magic Mountain. The deal at Sugarbush extends to a federal employee’s immediate family as well. Mad River Glen is offering free midweek tickets. Magic will make special weekend $29 discounted tickets and weekday free tickets available to those furloughed government workers not receiving paychecks.
Wyoming's Snow King is now offering free ski lift tickets for government employees with Federal ID during weekdays until the shutdown ends.
All federal employees who are furloughed due to the government shutdown will receive a free weekday lift ticket or scenic ticket for the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Washington's Crystal Mountain.