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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 when an adult also buys a lift ticket. 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.

And remember, sometimes the best hill is the one closest to home, because it’s the one that gets your kids out there skiing or snowboarding the  most.

Here are the kids-ski-free deals:

kids can ski free at June Mountain in CaliforniaArizona

At Arizona Snowbowl everyone ski free on their birthdays (lucky winter babies). Kids ages 7 and younger get a free lift ticket any day an adult skis and kids 12 and under do, too, on select days. This year, select hotels are offering free stays with two adult lift-ticket purchases.

California

June Mountain (left) offers free lift tickets to kids 12 and under all season long; you don’t even need an adult lift ticket. It’s in the Eastern Sierra, east of San Jose. Kids lift tickets can be picked up at the mountain.

Colorado

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

Purgatory ski resort offers discounts to familiesAt the unfortunately named Purgatory Resort parents who book a 2-night stay get 25% off lodging and a free kid’s lift ticket for each adult ticket through April 4. Some hotels are also offering a free second night’s stay and free second-day lift tickets with one night’s stay and the purchase of two or four one-day passes.

New York

At PlatteKill Mountain in the New York Catskills, stay at select local hotels and receive either a free lift ticket for kids 17 and younger (1 kid’s ticket per adult ticket) or free Sunday lift tickets with the purchase of Saturday lift tickets. Also, lift tickets are always free for kids 7 and under. At most other mountains the age for free skiing seems to be either 5 or 6 and under.

the between inn offers great ski packages for familiesMaine

Mount Abram in the southwest part of the state has partnered with the nearby Bethel Inn on a $600 package that includes two nights lodging, two days if lift tickets for two adults and two kids, one four-course dinner and breakfast on both mornings. Plus you get 10% off lessons and rentals. Available weekends through March 19.

Montana

At Moonlight Basin Resort in Big Sky, Montana (below) kids ski free if they are 10 years and under if either they also take a ski lesson or their parents book their lodging through Big Sky Central Reservations. Kids 5 and under always ski for free.

kids can ski free at Big Sky, MO

New Mexico

Angel Fire Resort (below) in the southern Rockies of Northern New Mexico is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year. It’s selling 550 tickets for Saturday, January 21 and 550 more for January 22 at $5.50 each. Half of those tickets are available online now as part of a lodging package. The remainder will be available at the ticket window on those mornings on a first-come, first-served basis. The resort also gives free lift tickets to 5th Graders (with a report card) when an adult buys a lift ticket. And it offers a  Parenting Pass, which allows two parents to take turns using throughout the day;  a great option for parents with kids too small to ski.

angelfire resort

Oregon

At Mount Bachelor, which is inland, east of Eugene, kids can ski free for as many days as their parents do when the parents buy lift tickets for three or more consecutive days. There are no posted black-out dates, which means this is actually a winter-break option. But the adult ticket need to be booked online at least four days in advance.

Utah

Brighton ski resort, outside of Salt Lake City, offers two free lift tickets per paying adult for kids 10 and under. That’s one of the better deals of this type that we’ve seen and handy for larger families.

kids pay their age on select days at Mount SnowVermont

Every year Mount Snow, in the lower part of the state, offers a Kids Pay Their Age Day. This year on Sunday, January 8th. Kids aged 18 and under pay only their age for a full day lift ticket. These lift tickets have to be bought at the mountain on the day of the event.

West Virginia

Stay for three nights at the lodge at  Snowshoe Mountain and one kid (ages 6-12) per adult skis free each day an adult does. Kids also get free admission to the Split Rock pool area and Big Top Activity Center, which offers bunny bouncing, rock climbing and bouncy houses.  Kids 5 and under can get $10 lift tickets and kids 6 can use Split Rock and Big Top for free.

 Wyoming

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

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15 Comments

  1. December 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    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 — Reply

    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 — Reply

    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 — Reply

    Lovely…

  5. November 28, 2015 at 5:03 am — Reply

    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 — Reply

      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 — Reply

    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 — Reply

      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 — Reply

    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 — Reply

    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 — Reply

      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 — Reply

      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 — Reply

    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 — Reply

      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 — Reply

    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

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