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Deals: 13 U.S. Slopes Where Kids Ski Free


Found a place where kids ski free, read these tips for a fun family ski trip.

Unless you’re lucky enough to live near a good mountain, ski vacations are expensive. Gear rentals, lift tickets and lessons for a family—on top of hotel, food and transportation—add up. FamiliesGo! is helping you to make the expense a little more manageable with its updated round-up of resorts across the U.S. where kids ski free.

At most resorts the phrase “kids ski free” means they get their lift tickets comped. Some resorts might offer other family discounts, too. Pay attention to the age ranges, minimum stays and blackout dates. Not all deals are created equal.

Sometimes the best hill is the one closest to home, because it’s the one that gets your kids out on skis the  most.

Here are the kids-ski-free deals:

kids can ski free at June Mountain in CaliforniaArizona

At Arizona Snowbowl kids ski free on their birthdays (lucky winter babies). Kids ages 7 and younger get a free lift ticket any day an adult skis. For kids ages 8 to 12 a 2-hour lesson is included with lift ticket and equipment rentals. Kids also stay for free at the nearby Ski Lift Lodge.

California

June Mountain (left) offers free lift tickets to kids 12 and under All season long. It’s in the Eastern Sierra East of San Jose.

Colorado

At Aspen Snowmass, book your lodging through Stay Aspen Snowmass teens and kids age 7-12 get free lift tickets with equipment rentals. There are blackout dates, which of course coincide with school breaks. Kids under 7 get free lift tickets through the season.

kids can ski free when they stay at Keystone Ski ResortAt Keystone (above) kids 12 and under get free lift tickets when their parents book at least a 2-night stay. Families pick up the kids’ tickets when they check in. The resort will have a week-long celebration in January 2016, when it expects to give out its 100,000th kid’s ticket.

At the unfortunately named Purgatory Resort parents who book a 4-night stay and three-day lift tickets will get 25% off lodging and a free kid’s lift ticket for each adult ticket from January 4 to April 4 (on select dates).

Montana

Moonlight Basin Resort in Big Sky, Montana (below) offers free lift tickets for kids 10 years and under if their families are guests at the resort and make their reseveration through Big Sky Central Reservations.

kids can ski free at Big Sky, MO New Hampshire

At King Pine Ski Area in Purity Spring Resort, beginners who buy 1-2-3 Ski! or 1-2-3 Snowboard! sets of three lessons (with lift ticket and rentals) receive a pass for 50% off tickets, lessons and rentals
for the rest of the 2015/2016 season. In addition, families who like night skiing can by a Moonlight Family 4-Pack. For $58 buy lift tickets for a family of four to ski on Saturday nights (and holiday period nights) from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.

New Mexico

Angel Fire Resort (below) in the southern Rockies of Northern New Mexico give free lift tickets to kids 6 and under as well as to 5th Graders (with a report card) when an adult buys a lift ticket. Angel Fire Resort also has a Parenting Pass, which two parents can take turns using throughout the day. It sounds like a great option for parents who want to take turns taking care of kids too small to ski.

angelfire resort

New York

At PlatteKill Mountain in the New York Catskills, lift tickets are free for kids 7 and under. At many other mountains across the state, the age for free skiing seems to be 6 and under.

Utah

At Brighton ski resort outside of Salt Lake City lift tickets are free for kids 10 and under. Plus, on December 12 and 13, Kids ages 4 to10 can learn to ski or snowboard for free. “First timers” get a lift pass, 2-hour lesson, and all day equipment rental.   Online registration goes live Dec 1, 2015 and we bet spaces go fast!

Virginia

At the Wintergreen Resort (below), group lessons are 50% when you rent your equipment on the mountain. Their deals are mostly aimed at getting very little kids on skis for the first time. Kids 5 & under ski free with paid adult. If you sign up kids ages 3-6 for the five-week Mountain Mornings lessons, parent can ski free during the program.

wintergreen-clipWest Virginia

SnowShoe Mountain in Snowshow, WV sells $10 lift tickets for kids 6 and under. It also offers free lift tickets to kids 12 and under for select 4-night stays through the season.

Wyoming

Sleeping Giant Ski Area near Yellowstone National Park offers free lift tickets to all fifth
graders.

Happy ski trails to you!

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15 Comments

  1. December 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I didn’t know that Arizona Snowball is free for kids, Eileen. I knew about the other slopes because we used to take our son with us when he was little. It’s great to have free lift tickets for kids. Skiing is so expensive anyway…

  2. December 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    We have sky opportunities close to home (Germany) and good for a weekend. However we haven’t been there in the past two years, because our son was born in November two years ago. This year we’re not going either as I’m pregnant (and not that great skier). I guess as soon as they are older we will go again.

  3. November 29, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    How lovely to have kids ski free! A great way to involve kids in winter sports and keeping them active.

  4. November 29, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Lovely…

  5. November 28, 2015 at 5:03 am

    What a fantastic idea! New Zealand has no “kids ski free” offers, and anyway, I believe my kids are a bit too old for them to be of use.

    • November 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      I have seen deals for teens here and there, mostly the night-skiing discounts. But you’re right; they’re far fewer.

  6. November 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    we have never been skiing though would love to try it one day – it’s good to see that if you shop around you can find a deal that includes all the accessory hire as well, something we would obviously need for our first time out.

    • November 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      the best time to start is when kids are 4 or 5. They have no fear and have low centers of gravity!

  7. November 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    We know how expensive skiing can be and with a family too, so this is an excellent post to show where to go and what to expect.

  8. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    December 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Wonderful compilation of ski resorts. It’s too bad none of the West Coast resorts are as generous as the East Coast resorts with complimentary ski passes. You’re right about how expensive ski trips are. I sometimes feel like they’re so much more than summer vacations with gear, lessons and clothing.

    • December 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      i actually thought the western resorts were more generous. They seem more likely to include free passes for tweens and teens, not just smaller kids. But they expense of getting to those resorts can be more significant if you don’t live nearby.

    • November 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      the gear, lessons, lift tickets. But ski resort towns are expensive overall. I guess they only have a few months t make most of their money. We love the western ski resorts but if we stay east we at least can drive!!

  9. Sonja
    December 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve never heard of offering something to children only in a certain grade before. Wonder what the reason for that is? Just a gimmick? Very cool anyway if the kids ski free!

    • December 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      I think the idea is to promote winter sports among young people. But I don’t really get limiting it to one grade’s worth of kids and don’t know how they choose the grade they’ll focus on.

  10. Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel
    December 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    What a great post. Love the idea of kids skiing free – the perfect family holiday!

    Would love for you to link up to my Travel Tuesday blog hop. My readers would love this story!

    Kerrie
    http://www.familyfoodandtravel.com