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Kids Ski and Snowboard for Free

An easy way to save big on your next family ski trip

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Ski lesson at Keystone Resort

Kids always ski free when you book a trip to Keystone

Keystone Resort

Family ski vacations are hugely popular, but nobody ever said they were cheap—especially when you start shelling out for lift tickets, lodging, food, equipment, and lessons.

For families who love the white stuff, there is nothing better than a resort that lets you save some green. While a great many ski resorts offer free lift tickets for very young children (typically under age 5 or 6), some of the most family-friendly resorts also offer packages that include free lift tickets for older children in elementary or middle school.

In addition, many states offer ski passports that let grade-school students ski and ride for free. Kids can apply online or through the mail and must provide proof of their current school grade. Typically, each passport is good for several free lift tickets at each participating ski resort.

Here’s where to find “kids ski free” offers at ski destinations around North America in 2014. As always, be sure to read the fine print about qualifying kids’ ages, booking deadlines, minimum stays, and blackout dates.

 

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Kids Ski Free in California

Big Bear
With the Kids Ski Free Midweek Lift & Lodging package, receive discounted lodging and adult lift tickets for midweek (Sunday to Thursday) stays, plus free lift tickets for kids ages 7-12.

June Mountain
Kids 12 and under always ski free, all season long.

Squaw Valley
The Kids Ski Free package includes five nights of lodging, two adult four-day lift tickets, and two four-day child lift tickets.

 

Kids Ski Free in Colorado

Colorado Ski Country offers 5th- and 6th-grade passports for free skiing and snowboarding.

Arapahoe Basin
Early season special: Kids 14 and under ski free from Dec. 1 to Dec. 20, 2013.

Aspen-Snowmass
Spring ski vacation, anyone? Book a minimum three-night package with lodging and adult lift tickets in March or April, and kids ages 7-12 ski and ride for free.

Copper Mountain
With the 3rd Night Free and Kids Ski Free offer, get your third night of lodging free plus free lift tickets for kids ages 12 and under.

Keystone Resort
More than 25,000 kids have skied for free at Keystone, whose deal is as straightforward as could be, with no blackout dates: stay two nights at your choice of lodgings and two kids 12 and under ski and ride for free.

Steamboat Springs

Book the Ski Town U.S.A. Package and you’ll save 25 percent on a bundle that includes a minimum of eight nights’ lodging and a six-day adult lift ticket. For each adult lift ticket purchased, you’ll get a free 12-and-under child’s lift ticket for the same number of days.

 

Kids Ski Free in Idaho

Ski Idaho offers free ski-and-ride passports for 5th and 6th graders.

Ski the Northwest Rockies offers a 5th-grade passport for free skiing and snowboarding at several ski resorts in Idaho and Washington State.

Sun Valley
With the Kids Stay and Ski Free promo, kids 15 and under stay and ski free with accompanying adults.

 

Kids Ski Free in Montana

Big Sky Resort
With the Ski & Stay package, kids 10 and under stay and ski free with accompanying adults.

 

Kids Ski Free in Oregon

Mount Bachelor
This ski resort is a fabulous place for beginners and its “Ski or Ride in 5” program has been voted the best in the nation for novices. With the Kids Ski Free Lifts & Lodging Package, stay three or more nights and you’ll save 45 percent on lodging, plus kids ski free the same number of days as parents with each purchased adult lift ticket of three or more days.

 

Kids Ski Free in Utah

Ski Utah offers 5th- and 6th-grade passports for free skiing and snowboarding.

Deer Valley
With the Family Value Package, book a ski-and-stay bundle with at least three nights of lodging, and you’ll save 20 percent on lodging, lift tickets, and kids’ ski rentals—plus kids 12 and under ski free.

Snowbasin Resort
Stay two or more nights in a condo at Lakeside Resort Properties, and kids 17 and under ski free.

Snowbird
Book the Ski Free 5th Night Free offer, and kids 12 and under ski get a free lift ticket for every night of your stay.

Solitude Mountain Resort
With the Kids Ski Free package, kids 13 and under ski free when you stay two or more nights.

 

Kids Ski Free in Washington State

Ski the Northwest Rockies offers a 5th-grade passport for free skiing and snowboarding at several ski resorts in Idaho and Washington State.

Last update: Jan. 31, 2014

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