Between sliding around precariously on ice, digging our cars out of the snow on a daily basis, and practically freezing our toes off, winter has very few perks. And yet, there is one benefit that makes all the rest of winter worth it, and that's hitting the slopes. So what if we told you that instead of paying upwards of $100 for a one-day lift ticket, you could just pay $1? Yes, one, with absolutely no zeros behind it.
Howelsen Hill, a town-owned ski area in Steamboat Springs, is the longest continuously operating ski area in Colorado, and it's contemplating offering $1 lift tickets this season to bring in more skiers. Apparently, the ski hill is struggling to make ends meet, having to pay $750,000 on a damaged waterline for snow making and expecting to make only $185,000 from season pass and lift ticket sales. The goal is to bring in more guests to enjoy the hill, and the ridiculously low price tag is the strategy to make it happen.
“I just want more skiers out there,” said City Council President Walter Magill, according to a report in Steamboat Today. “More people using the park.”
While details still have to be sorted out by Howelsen Hill and the town, it's certainly worth keeping your fingers crossed. After all, 189 days at Howelsen would be priced at pretty much the same as one day at Vail, which charges $189 for a walk-up day ticket. Simple math, people, simple math.