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Where do kids ski for free? Daily lift ticket or season-long discount for specific grade - Family Skiing

post #1 of 24
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Every so often I've noticed the comment that a resort may be worth considering for a family because the kids (6-12) can ski for free.  Certainly can make a difference for a family traveling for a ski vacation.  There are also some states that have "passports" for 5th or 6th graders, regardless of where the kids live.

 

Do you know of a place where kids ski for free?  Usually means a parent has to buy a lift ticket too.

 

Does your state have a program for school kids?  If so, what grade?

 

EDIT:

 

State programs for 5th and 6th graders: PA, ID, CO non-Vail, CO Vail resorts, UT, WA, Ski Canada

post #2 of 24
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By the time my daughter went to Big Sky, she was older than the cut off for free skiing.  For 2016-17, kids 10 and under can ski for free if lodging is booked with the resort.

 

post #3 of 24
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Looks like Steamboat is continuing to offer free skiing for kids . . . with conditions of course.

 

post #4 of 24

June Mountain!  30 minutes north of Mammoth.  Kids 12 and under ski free.  I went last year and have already booked another trip during Christmas break this year.  I have kids ages 5, 7, 9, so this is a huge money-saver for me.

 

http://www.junemountain.com/winter/plan-a-vacation/book-a-trip/lift-tickets/kids-ski-ride-free

 

Also, it's spectacular.

post #5 of 24

https://www.skipa.com

4th and 5th grades ski free in PA.  

From their website:
"Your Pennsylvania 4th & 5th Grade Snowpass booklet offers you the privilege of skiing and boarding at 20 Pennsylvania Ski Resorts for FREE this winter - Take mom or dad with you for the thrill of a lifetime - an experience you will never forget.

This season we hope that you and your family have an opportunity to enjoy as many of Pennsylvania’s ski resorts as possible. Your Snowpass will provide you with over 64 days of FREE skiing and boarding."

 

 

I shared this with my colleague last year. She and her husband were both avid skiers when they lived in the west coast.  My colleague chose to go to college in Denver because of skiing.

  But, they have not done any skiing after moved to VA.  Their kids don't know how to ski because they have not taken them to ski slopes here. (Their kids are 4th and 5th grade).  

 

2 reasons 1) her husband does not like crowds. In wknds., ski liberty / whitetail / roundtop can get very crowded; 2) snow conditions and terrains are not as good comparing to west coast.  

 

 

In this case, my colleague did not take advantage of this kind of deal because of the reasons above...  

 

post #6 of 24

Alberta has a grade 4 & 5 ski pass too. You pay $30, and get skiing at a bunch of resorts across BC and Alberta for free!

 

https://www.skicanada.org/grade-4-5-snowpass/

 

Additionally, most of the interior BC and Alberta resorts have deals through accommodation packages. If you book the accommodation through the resort, you get a deal on adult ski lift tickets, and kids often (12 and under) ski free.

post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by albertanskigirl View Post
 

Alberta has a grade 4 & 5 ski pass too. You pay $30, and get skiing at a bunch of resorts across BC and Alberta for free!

 

https://www.skicanada.org/grade-4-5-snowpass/

 

Additionally, most of the interior BC and Alberta resorts have deals through accommodation packages. If you book the accommodation through the resort, you get a deal on adult ski lift tickets, and kids often (12 and under) ski free.


Wow!  Hadn't heard about Ski Canada's SnowPass before.  It looks like it's not just BC and Alberta.  Quebec is included too, which means it's good at Tremblant, Mt. Ste. Anne, and Massif along with a bunch of small places.

post #8 of 24
Blacktail has it for the coming season, 16-17:

Ages 7 & under ski free and 5th graders with proof of grade level ski free, (pick up day ticket at ticket window or purchase pass for $10).

Whitefish didn't have the fifth grade thing on its current price list, but is free for age 6 and under. They seem to track fifth graders separately on the vert list, which makes me think they get it if they are in local schools, but I don't know about other schools.

Lookout has it, and move of the Idaho ski areas.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Blacktail has it for the coming season, 16-17:

Ages 7 & under ski free and 5th graders with proof of grade level ski free, (pick up day ticket at ticket window or purchase pass for $10).

Whitefish didn't have the fifth grade thing on its current price list, but is free for age 6 and under. They seem to track fifth graders separately on the vert list, which makes me think they get it if they are in local schools, but I don't know about other schools.

Lookout has it, and move of the Idaho ski areas.


Yep, Idaho has a kids' passport for 5th and 6th grade.  A few places only do it for 5th graders and Bald Mountain at Sun Valley costs $20 more.

 

http://www.skiidaho.us/programs/passport

 

I think all ski areas are free for kids 5 and under, with others 6 and under.  The freebies that I think are more interesting are the ones for tweens.  Especially when there is more than one kid, relatively few families travel out west with two kids 6 and under for a ski trip.

post #10 of 24
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Turns out that Jackson Hole has a deal that's good for kids up to 14!  Requires resort lodging for 4 nights but then the kids ski for free and can rent gear for free too.

 

post #11 of 24

Yes yes it's for all of Canada @marznc. And the great thing is that it's $30 for 2 years - so about $15 per year got us lots of great skiing for DD and DS when they were in grade 4 and 5.

 

There is also a grade 2 snow pass in Western Canada when grade 2 kids ski for free for $20. 

 

http://www.familyfuncanada.com/free-skiing-for-kids-in-grade-two/

 

Kids 6 and under ski free at most Alberta resorts. 

 

I feel like I should also mention that Nakiska lets anyone ski for free if you are just using the beginner section of the mountain. No lift tickets necessary - for either kids or adults. So, it's a great place to learn, and to spend a day on the magic carpets and bunny hills. 

 

Also during the World Cup at Lake Louise, Lake Louise will do free beginner (never-ever) lessons to kids 12 and under for each day of the competition.

 

In Edmonton, Edmonton Ski Club has "free Ski Fridays" and at Snow Valley you can ski on Fridays from 5 - 9 if you bring a food bank donation.

post #12 of 24
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Good point about skiing free on a beginner lift.  I've seen that in various places.

 

The Sunnyside lift at Alta used to be free after 3:30, which was good for locals or for travelers who arrived that day.  Not free any more but the price is pretty low at $10.  Also possible to get a day pass for the beginner lifts only.

post #13 of 24

Funny,

 

I was sure the Co 5th and 6th grade programs were mentioned but maybe not? :::

 

anyhow, http://coloradoski.com/index.php?url=passport/

 

 

only used this twice but sure was nice .....

post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by pete View Post
 

Funny,

 

I was sure the Co 5th and 6th grade programs were mentioned but maybe not? :::

 

anyhow, http://coloradoski.com/index.php?url=passport/

 

 

only used this twice but sure was nice .....


Yep, has been mentioned over the years but not in this thread yet.  Trying to get everything in one place for 2016-17.  Appreciate everyone's help.  The other state programs mentioned so far are PA, ID, and SkiCanada.

 

post #15 of 24
Maybe not exactly a fit for what the Title implies, but Winter Park offers a free season pass for kids up to 12 with an adult season pass. I guess that means two kid's passes if both parents buy season passes. But maybe there is an accommodation for a bigger family. The deal is for early sales and goes away around June.
post #16 of 24

For 2015-2016, Utah was $35 for 42 days for 5th graders and 14 day for 6th graders. See https://www.skiutah.com/passes/passports - 2016-17 details including blackout dates will be available Oct. 1.

 

WA state also has https://5thgradeskipassport.com/

 

I don't think CA offers free skiing to 5th graders any more.

post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by pete View Post
 

Funny,

 

I was sure the Co 5th and 6th grade programs were mentioned but maybe not? :::

 

anyhow, http://coloradoski.com/index.php?url=passport/

 

 

only used this twice but sure was nice .....

 

Yep, it was recently in another thread.  It should be noted the link provided are for non VR locations.  VR has their own thing going on and you need to go to one of their sites like Epic, Colorado  Ski and Golf, or Boulder Ski.

post #18 of 24
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Last year, @habacomike noted that Aspen had a way for kids (7-12) who rented skis could ski for free.  The offer is being made again for 2016-17.  Only good Jan-Mar with lodging packages and renting skis from Four Mountain Sports.

 

https://www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-stay/packages-and-deals

 

post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post

Maybe not exactly a fit for what the Title implies, but Winter Park offers a free season pass for kids up to 12 with an adult season pass. I guess that means two kid's passes if both parents buy season passes. But maybe there is an accommodation for a bigger family. The deal is for early sales and goes away around June.

That definitely counts. This year you can get it with the RMSP (so Copper and WP plus the 6 days at Steamboat if you get RMSP+), where last year it was only WP. It paid for the pass price increases for my family of 6 smile.gif.

A-Basin is offering 2 days free for 12 and under.

The CO 5th grade passport is 3 days at something like 21 resorts. The 6th grade is 4 days (or it was last year) at those same resorts, but it isn't free. A good deal if you will use it outside your normal pass (that's Loveland and A-Basin for me).

Vail split off from the Passport last year I believe, but we don't have Epic passes so I've never looked into it.
post #20 of 24
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Apparently Keystone has had free skiing for kids up to age 12 for families staying in resort lodging for a few years.  Those who book early (by mid-Sept) can take advantage of lodging discounts too.

 

post #21 of 24
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Apparently Snowshoe in WV has deals for kids 12 and under during holiday periods.  The family has to stay for at least 3 nights.

 

post #22 of 24

Colorado kids in K-5th grade ski 4 days free each at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge with the Epic Schoolkids pass and includes a free first-timer lesson. Last day to register is October 9.

http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/info/epickids_colorado.aspx

post #23 of 24
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Sugarloaf, ME has a deal for kids 12 and under for lodging and ski packages (2 night min) booked before Nov. 30, 2016.  No blackout dates.

 

post #24 of 24
crystal mountain in washington state kids ski free 10 and under with paying adult this also includes season passes and even if you're kid is going to be older than 10 before you go skiing it is based on age at time of buying the season pass
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