by G. Kunkel
If one is a card carrying Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) member, you can get a discount ski lift ticket at Vail. The cheap people or hillbillies who failed to tip you at the end of your last lesson will more than likely have to pay well over $100 to get the same ticket.
Just show your PSIA card at the lift ticket window, hand over $79, and you are on your way. You earned it. In addition, PSIA pricing is available at Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Most other resorts in the state give discounts too.
The discounted ticket is non-transferable. No discount is available for friends or family members.
Don't have a PSIA card? Get your Ski School Director to type up a introductory letter for you. Keep it in a safe place. Show this letter at the ticket window (preferably the main one) of the Colorado ski resort one is visiting. Have your employee pass handy to back up your story.
An introductory letter will also work at Jackson Hole and a number of other western resorts.
Ski instructors are not the only ski resort staff that qualify for lift ticket discounts. Members of Ski Patrol can flash their cards too.
So those $130 in PSIA dues and $$$ training course fees will get one lift ticket discounts across the state of Colorado. Take advantage of it.
Unfortunately, there are no law enforcement or firefighter discounts available at Colorado ski areas.
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