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Ski Deals for My Son and Me [11yo in Denver]

post #1 of 10
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This year I would like to start my oldest son skiing in Colorado. We live in the Denver metro area and will probably end up going to a ski resort somewhere off I-70. Since it has been years since I have been skiing myself, I have several questions. They are:

 

1. What resorts will have good deals for one or two beginners classes for him? I also need a good deal on a lift ticket for me while he takes his lessons.

 

2. After he finishes his lessons, I'd like to go skiing with him 3 or 4 times this season. Are there any deals out there for 3 or 4 lift tickets? Where would I find these?

 

3. Where is the best place to rent ski equipment?

 

4. Anything else I should be aware off to take some of the cost out of taking him skiing?

 

The main reason I have been putting off taking him skiing is that it is so expensive. Hopefully, if I can reduce the cost some, then I will be able to take him this year. 

post #2 of 10
The biggest way to reduce costs is to buy season tickets. The break even is typically ten days or sooner. I'm not from your area, but do a Google on "Epic Pass". Multiple areas for a better rate than my single mountain pass. However, the cheap period to buy it may be gone. In any case, keep it in mind for next season, as many deals on passes start in the spring. You should also tell us how old the kid is, as this can affect the pass pricing quite a bit.

There also are a lot of threads about saving money and kids. You might want to peruse the forums a bit while you wait for replies on your area. (As can be seen from my sig, I'm a bit far away.)
post #3 of 10

Lots of good options available... how old is your son?

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

My son is 11. 

 

I've thought about the season pass, but I didn't want to spend all that money on a season pass if it turns out he didn't enjoy skiing.

 

I don't think we will be able to to make it 10 times. Maybe more like 3-5 times.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by ZentSki View Post
 

This year I would like to start my oldest son skiing in Colorado. We live in the Denver metro area and will probably end up going to a ski resort somewhere off I-70. Since it has been years since I have been skiing myself, I have several questions. They are:

 

1. What resorts will have good deals for one or two beginners classes for him? I also need a good deal on a lift ticket for me while he takes his lessons.

 

2. After he finishes his lessons, I'd like to go skiing with him 3 or 4 times this season. Are there any deals out there for 3 or 4 lift tickets? Where would I find these?

 

3. Where is the best place to rent ski equipment?

 

4. Anything else I should be aware off to take some of the cost out of taking him skiing?

 

The main reason I have been putting off taking him skiing is that it is so expensive. Hopefully, if I can reduce the cost some, then I will be able to take him this year. 

 

Welcome to EpicSki!  Since you are in the Denver area, have you stopped in any of the ski shops to get some advice?  By ski shop, I mean a specialty shop, not the ski section of a big box sports store.

 
Did you notice the Family Skiing section?  There is a link at the top to a thread that has money saving ideas.  Many apply to younger kids, but you should find useful info for your son.  Many places have package deals for beginners that include lift ticket and equipment rental.
 
In general, early season rates are lower.  However, can be crowded on weekends since fewer slopes are open.  You might consider waiting until late season if can only get to the slopes a few times.  That's also a good time to buy stuff at sale prices.
 
Where did you ski when you were on the slopes?  Did you always rent equipment?
post #6 of 10

How about skiing for FREE? 

 

http://www.coloradoski.com/passport

 

If he's in 5th grade, he skis free three days at 20 different Colorado resorts See the list of participating Colorado ski areas. (Basically everywhere but Vail's resorts because they hate fifth and sixth graders).

 

If he's in 6th grade, $99 total gets him 4 days at all those resorts.

 

But wait... there's more.  If he's in 5th grade he gets a FREE lesson since he's never skied before.  See the details under the "FIRST CLASS" part of their FAQ:

http://www.coloradoski.com/frequently-asked-questions

 

How's that for a deal?

post #7 of 10

How about the Copper 4 Pack?  It's 4 days of skiing for $149.  The 4 Pack is non-transferrable so if you son doesn't isn't in 5th grade you'll have to buy 2 of them.

 

Loveland is selling a 4 Pack for $129 that is 4 lift tickets that can be used by anyone any day of the season.  You can even use multiple tickets on the same day.  Loveland has a few other products that include multiple day lift, lesson and rental that might work well for you and your son.  Check out www.skiloveland.com/ticketsandpasses/compare.  If you're going up and back on the same day, Loveland is the closest I-70 resort.  Skiing is a great way to spend time together as a family.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

 

Welcome to EpicSki!  Since you are in the Denver area, have you stopped in any of the ski shops to get some advice?  By ski shop, I mean a specialty shop, not the ski section of a big box sports store.

 
Did you notice the Family Skiing section?  There is a link at the top to a thread that has money saving ideas.  Many apply to younger kids, but you should find useful info for your son.  Many places have package deals for beginners that include lift ticket and equipment rental.
 
In general, early season rates are lower.  However, can be crowded on weekends since fewer slopes are open.  You might consider waiting until late season if can only get to the slopes a few times.  That's also a good time to buy stuff at sale prices.
 
Where did you ski when you were on the slopes?  Did you always rent equipment?

 

I hadn't thought about asking around at ski shops, but that is a good idea. It is so easy to just go online and try stuff I forget there are real stores with real people that can help me. 

:)

 

I hadn't noticed the family skiing section. I will check that out. 

 

When I skied I went all over. Winter park, Copper, Monarch, Wolf Creek, and others. For a while we rented, but once I got into my mid teens and was mostly done growing we bought a pair of skis and boots. So this is all new territory for me!

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tball View Post
 

How about skiing for FREE? 

 

http://www.coloradoski.com/passport

 

If he's in 5th grade, he skis free three days at 20 different Colorado resorts See the list of participating Colorado ski areas. (Basically everywhere but Vail's resorts because they hate fifth and sixth graders).

 

If he's in 6th grade, $99 total gets him 4 days at all those resorts.

 

But wait... there's more.  If he's in 5th grade he gets a FREE lesson since he's never skied before.  See the details under the "FIRST CLASS" part of their FAQ:

http://www.coloradoski.com/frequently-asked-questions

 

How's that for a deal?

 

Wow! That is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for pointing that out to me!

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Prosper View Post
 

How about the Copper 4 Pack?  It's 4 days of skiing for $149.  The 4 Pack is non-transferrable so if you son doesn't isn't in 5th grade you'll have to buy 2 of them.

 

Loveland is selling a 4 Pack for $129 that is 4 lift tickets that can be used by anyone any day of the season.  You can even use multiple tickets on the same day.  Loveland has a few other products that include multiple day lift, lesson and rental that might work well for you and your son.  Check out www.skiloveland.com/ticketsandpasses/compare.  If you're going up and back on the same day, Loveland is the closest I-70 resort.  Skiing is a great way to spend time together as a family.

 

This is also just what I was looking for! Thanks for the great options!

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