It’s no secret. Ski pass prices are skyrocketing, and most resorts in the west are charging upwards of $100 for a day on the slopes. Thankfully, in response to that, most resorts offer options to let kids ski free so your family vacation doesn’t entirely break the bank. These seven resorts offer free passes to kids under a certain age, or discounted tickets with package deals.
June Mountain, CA
At June Mountain there are no gimmicks. Children 12 and under ski free all season long. That makes this a choice destination for your Christmas ski vacation with no blackout dates, and an affordable season pass at $399.
At Platteskill, (in the Catskills), not only do kids under 6 ski free, but when booking lodging through one of their partner establishments (Bed and Breakfasts, Motels, Hotels, Home shares), you receive discount options. One of the options allows kids under 17 to ski free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket. That’s fun for the whole family!
Mount Bachelor, OR
Mount Bachelor offers free lift tickets to kids 12 and under with the purchase of a three day adult lift ticket. Not only that, the resort is home to the “Ski or Ride in 5” program that offers 5 ski lessons to novices. The price-tag (of $229) includes lift tickets and rentals for each day as well as 12 free ski days the rest of the season and discounted seasons passes for two seasons after.
With some of the fluffiest, driest powder, Utah is a choice state for a slopeside family vacation. What’s even better is that kids 10 and under ski free when their parent purchases a full day lift ticket. It’s two for the price of one!
Kids under 6 ski free at Killington, and if you buy a 5-day adult lift ticket, a complimentary kids lift ticket (ages 7-12) is included as well. Additional benefit? Their snow guarantee. If conditions aren’t up to par, you can return your ticket for a voucher to return.
At Steamboat, kids under 12 ski free with the purchase of a five day adult lift ticket. What’s even better, though, is if you’re lucky enough to live in the area, kids 12 and under receive a free season pass with the purchase of an adult season pass.
Jackson Hole, WY
Booking a trip to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort requires very little coaxing (especially after their record breaking season last year). To sweeten the deal, reserving four nights at Jackson Hole Resort Lodging or at a home rental gives kids 14 and under free lift tickets and rentals.