The best deals during Presidents Week

Ski resorts are busy this week with many schools off (again) for Presidents Week.

Lucky for them because its peak snow conditions across New England and New York.

And there’s an increasing chance that northern ski resorts could be hit with a major winter storm this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed.

Unfortunately, it’s also the time resorts charge top dollar for lift tickets.

Top-shelf Massachusetts areas are charging about $60 for a one-day, adult ticket. Day tickets at Connecticut areas are about 50 bucks.

The big northern New England areas are charging in the upper $80-range. Stowe in Vermont is the king of the hill at $92.

Buying tickets online in advance will save you a few dollars, but not much this week.

Liftopia has some  of the better deals this week for lift ticket. You pay for the tickets on Lifttopia’s site and print out a voucher that is exchanged for a lift pass at the ticket window.

While many of the big resorts’ Lifttopia deals are sold out, a few remain. This morning it was offering Stratton lift tickets for $69 (an $18 savings) and  Killington tix for $81 (7 bucks cheaper).

Still, there’s many families that can’t afford to take a week off, both financially and time wise.

Then there’s the option of  skiing and snowboarding at night at one of our backyard ski areas in Connecticut.

Even in a week when lift tickets are at their highest levels of the season, night lift tickets remain affordable.

In Connecticut, Mohawk Mountain, Mount Southington, Woodbury and Ski Sundown are in full operation.

The best deals are at nights:

$26 on Saturdays at Mohawk for four hours of skiing/snowboarding. Available starting at 4 p.m.

$35 at Ski Sundown, every day, for night sliding from 4 to 10 p.m.

$33 at Mount Southington, every night, from 6 to 10 p.m.

$30 at Woodbury from 5 to 10 p.m.

Sure, Connecticut’s ski areas are small, but you can save big if you go at night.

Jim Shay