ooooh it can definitely be harder when planning with a travel site...
1. find someone with a season pass that you can go with to buy tickets, you'll get a discount that way. OR go around 10:30 and ask people coming off the mountain if you can have their pass.
2. stay at the shoestring lodge in the hostel-style rooms, www.shoestringlodge.com
it will be much cheaper for you
3. Food is discounted right now at many of the on-mtn lodges for those with season passes, find someone who can buy your lunch for you (need their pass to scan to get the discount)
4. cook your own food when you're there, buy your groceries at Nesters or IGA, the grocery store in the village is very expensive.
thats all I can think of right now- but good luck and I hope you have an awesome trip!
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