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Perhaps one of the most common complaints about ski areas is the high price of food. However, like anything else, there are ways to get around it. First of all, skiers should realize that they will always pay top dollar at the most popular base area restaurant on the mountain. For example, at Copper Mountain in Colorado, the most expensive food is at Jack's which is the very crowded restaurant at the base area. However, Grand Hall, which is in East Village, features a $3.99 pasta special! Some resorts even allow you to bring your own food to specified cafeterias. You will probably need to put your food in a locker while you are skiing, but if it is not perishable, no problem.
Occasionally, skicoupons.com has discount coupons for on-mountain dining. Your other option is to choose lodging that has a kitchen, so that you can save money on eating out. For snacks, at many resorts, the Mountain Ambassadors sometimes give out free cookies. Also, some resorts, such as Copper Mountain conduct customer satisfaction surveys. Answering these surveys entitles you to a free coffee, cocoa or soda!