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post #31 of 46
So, I have one of those kids who will only go on the lift 3 times and then he is done....he is 10 and is on the Autism Spectrum. I had him skiing when he was two at Killington. He is pretty good, he loves the mogles. Poor kid just can't handle all the sensory issues for long. (Extra soft helmet, boots, clothes, crowds) The money we have spent on this kid's skiing is too much to add up. It would be so great if our Vt. NH, Maine Mountains could offer us a better deal. We need a break.
post #32 of 46
Do any US ski areas let kids under 12 ski free?

June Mountain
post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by Colleen Connor View Post

Poor kid just can't handle all the sensory issues for long. (Extra soft helmet, boots, clothes, crowds) The money we have spent on this kid's skiing is too much to add up. It would be so great if our Vt. NH, Maine Mountains could offer us a better deal. We need a break.

 

Wonder if the helmet and googles could act as a cocoon cutting off the sensory stim implanted earphones to do a noise cancellation.  We do a thing once a year with Timberlne and Shriner's hospital taking kids who can't walk out skiing.  In that case it's giving the kids some sensory stimulation they would never get.

post #34 of 46

Kids under 12 ski free at Steamboat, with paying adult lift ticket.

post #35 of 46

My local hills down under is free til age 5, then kids rates til they're 14 or 15 ....or 18 at one. Kids are bigger at Buller they say.

post #36 of 46

Kids in Canada get a great deal when they're in grades 4/5.  It's called the snow pass program: http://www.skicanada.org/grade-4-5-snowpass/

 

pay $30 and you get 3 lift tickets each for a lot of different ski areas.  In British Columbia alone there's 31 participating areas. Imagine if your kid used them all in that two your span? That's 93 trips to the hill. 

 

Mt Baker in Washington state has its own program where kids in grade 5 ski for free. I'm sure there's lots of other similar programs

post #37 of 46

Sugar Bowl in Tahoe area offers free lift tickets to kids 5 and under and then 6-12 is $15/day with a "Daily Core Pass" (it's like a season pass but costs $21 and gives you a $15 discount each day you ride the lifts).

post #38 of 46
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Kids in Canada get a great deal when they're in grades 4/5.   

 

Mt Baker in Washington state has its own program where kids in grade 5 ski for free. I'm sure there's lots of other similar programs

 

Kind of odd, the focus on one very narrow age group vs. letting kids ski free up to 12 years old.

 

Idea is make it cheaper for skiing parents to get their kids to the slopes and interested in skiing in the early years.

post #39 of 46
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Kind of odd, the focus on one very narrow age group vs. letting kids ski free up to 12 years old.

 

Idea is make it cheaper for skiing parents to get their kids to the slopes and interested in skiing in the early years.

 

I read somewhere that kids at that age (around 10 years old) learn skiing very quickly relative to other ages because their physical development has reached a point where they have the strength and balance to be able excel at learning the sport. So, many resorts see that age as the prime time to encourage kids to develop their skills and get hooked on skiing.

post #40 of 46
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I read somewhere that kids at that age (around 10 years old) learn skiing very quickly relative to other ages because their physical development has reached a point where they have the strength and balance to be able excel at learning the sport. So, many resorts see that age as the prime time to encourage kids to develop their skills and get hooked on skiing.

 

One ski season is not going to do it. Especially for working families who might only get 5-10 days a year.  If the kid grows up skiing with parents who are encouraged to get their kids skiing by a free pass for kids, that has some potential.  Most kids in ski towns start skiing around 5-6 years old.  Ligety and many of Park City Ski Team teammates at earlier ages.

post #41 of 46
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Lift tickets for kids used to be $5 a day. You would bring your kids to Squaw to ski. Those kids got adjusted to Squaw's terrain and everything else doesn't compare. As teenagers and adults they now need to ski squaw just to get the challenge they are used to.

 

For some reason your post made me think of this: 

 

I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.

Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...

post #42 of 46
@Metaphor_ That post earned me an onion? Usually I'm a lot less mainstream.

Everyone loves kids out skiing. Even when they rip by me showing superior skills. But most of all when they are my kids!

Eric
post #43 of 46

Aspen-Snowmass in April 2014 : kids under 12 ski free, rent gear free also - but that was April 2014, not sure about rest of the season, lots of folks here like Bob Barnes and TrekChick etc will have the finer details.

post #44 of 46

Typically in April, kids 12 and under can rent gear for free at Alta.

post #45 of 46
diamond peak in incline village in tahoe is free for 6 and under and 80+
post #46 of 46

16 Free days for K-5th Grade Colorado Kids at Vail's 4 CO Resorts- must register by Memorial Day- http://www.epicski.com/t/133758/great-deals-for-k-5-kids-for-2015-16-season#post_1859856

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