Best Family Ski Deals in North America This Winter

It’s one of our favorite times of year on Ciao Bambino: ski season! It’s no secret that we’re big fans of ski vacations with kids — but we also know how quickly the costs for the average family can add up. Resorts know this too, and many of them court families with “kids ski free” offers, discounted lodging and lift tickets, and more. Here’s where to find the best ski deals throughout North America this season.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offers some of the best skiing and snow sports in North America, plus great deals for kids. Photo by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Best Family Ski Deals for 2015-16

CANADA

Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 6-12 Banff-Mt. Norquay, ages 3-17 Lake Louise, ages 3-12 Sunshine); daycare (ages 19 mos-6 years Banff, ages 18 days-6 years Lake Louise, ages 19 mos-6 years Sunshine; tubing; ice skating; sleigh rides; dogsledding

Family deals: Kids 12 and under ski and stay free

Fine print: Must be part of a ski and stay package with minimum adult lift ticket purchase. Maximum 3 children per party (up to 3 children related to at least one adult who purchases a minimum 5-day Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine lift ticket). Proof of immediate family relationship may be required plus evidence of the age of the guests. “Stay free” applies to shared room. Rates and conditions vary per hotel and are usually dependent on two adults booking in the same room.

Tremblant

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-12); daycare (ages 1-6); tubing; ziplines; ice skating; sleigh rides; dogsledding; snowshoeing

Family deals: Kids 17 and under stay free when accompanied by an adult

Fine print: Conditions vary based on individual Tremblant properties.

CALIFORNIA

Diamond Peak

Highlights for kids: Child ski center (ages 3-7); ski and snowboard school (ages 7 and up)

Family deals: Free season pass for kids 6 and under

Fine print: No specific rules published

Mammoth Mountain

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-12); daycare (ages newborn-24 mos and 2-7 years); tubing; snowmobiling; scenic gondola; snowcat tours; snowshoeing

Family deals: Kids 4 and under ski free; kids ages 5-12 get unlimited $35 lift tickets.

Fine print: No blackout dates for ski free/$35 lift ticket deals.

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-13); tubing; terrain parks; mini snowmobiles; ice skating; snowshoeing; dogsledding; bungee trampoline

Family deals: Kids who take five group lessons at Squaw Kids or Alpine Kids get 6th lesson free. Learn to ski or snowboard for $59 at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows December 12-13, 2015 (open to ages 3+, rental equipment (skis, boots, poles -or- snowboard, boots) and lift ticket included)

Fine print: Lessons can be taken at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows interchangeably to accrue to the 6th free lesson. Lesson accruals are not transferable between kids.

Sugar Bowl

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 4-12); terrain park; snowshoeing; snowbiking; snowkiting

Family deals: Kids 5 and under ski free. Parents of infants can purchase a Parent Ticket (one parent skis while the other cares for the baby) for the price of the day’s rack rate ticket

Fine print: Parent Ticket is transferable only between the two parents.

COLORADO

Aspen Snowmass

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 2-17); daycare (ages 8 weeks-4 years); tubing; snowcat tours; snowshoeing; ice skating

Family deals: Kids ski free

Fine print: Valid Thursday, November 26, 2015 to Sunday, April 17, 2016. Package must be booked with lodging through Stay Aspen Snowmass. Kids 7-12 receive a complimentary lift ticket with purchase of rental from Four Mountain Sports. Kids receive 30% off Child Group Lesson products when purchasing 7 or more days. Adult behavior does not impact Kids Ski Free eligibility. Promotion also valid on longer stays. All offers subject to availability at time of booking. Only available with participating properties; some properties may have blackout dates. Offer not valid on existing reservations. Two-night minimum stay required. Only available by calling 1-800-290-1326.

Keystone

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-18); daycare (ages 2 mos-6 years); daily kids’ programming; tubing; ice skating; hockey; snow fort; sleigh rides; snowcat tours

Family deals: Kids 12 and under ski free all season

Fine print: Kids Ski Free lift tickets only apply when lodging is booked through Vail Resorts Property Management Company. Two nights of lodging need to be booked through KeystoneResort.com or by calling 1-800-328-1323. Not available for groups.

Steamboat

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-15); daycare (ages 6 mos-6 years); snowshoeing; scenic gondola; horseback riding; snowmobiling; hot air ballooning; snowbiking; night skiing and riding

Family deals: Kids 12 and under ski free all season

Fine print: Kids ski free the same number of days as their parents/grandparents when parents/grandparents purchase a 5-or-more-day adult lift ticket. Seniors (ages 70+) must purchase an adult ticket to be eligible for this program. Each qualifying purchase allows one free child per paid parent/grandparent.

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IDAHO

Sun Valley

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 4-12); daycare (ages 3 mos-5 years); tubing; sleigh rides; ice skating

Family deals: Kids 15 and under ski and stay free

Fine print: Pre-holiday package valid Wednesday, November 25-Sunday, December 20, 2015. Minimum 2-night stay for Kids Ski Free. One Kids Ski and Stay Free offer per skiing adult. Additional children staying in same unit, daily lift ticket $22. Thanksgiving Package valid Wednesday, November 25-Sunday, November 29, 2015. One Kids Ski and Stay Free offer per skiing adult. Each additional kid, staying in same unit, is $66 for 3-day lift ticket. Kids’ Thanksgiving buffet is $23.10 per child and is not included in the Kids Ski and Stay Free offer or 3-day lift ticket price.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Bretton Woods

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 4-12); daycare (ages 2 mos-5 years); tubing; sleigh rides; dogsledding; kids’ snowmobiling; ziplines; ice skating; snowshoeing; climbing wall

Family deals: Kids 4 and under ski free all season. Family Interchangeable Tickets are available at any ticket window.

Fine print: To ski free, kids must accompany a paying adult. Family Interchangeable Ticket: Mom and Dad may purchase two identical alpine lift tickets at the single-ticket price. Only one may be used at any given time. Regular full-day daily ticket pricing applies.

UTAH

Brighton

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 4-16); daycare (ages 6 weeks and up)

Family deals: Kids 10 and under ski and ride free. First-timers ages 4-10 can learn to ski or snowboard free December 12-13, 2015.

Fine print: First-timers offer includes a lift pass, a 2-hour lesson and all-day equipment rental. Space is limited. Online registration is required and will go live December 1, 2015.

Deer Valley

Highlights for kids: Ski school (ages 3-18; no snowboarding); daycare (ages 2 months-12 years); snowmobiling; snowshoeing; dogsledding; hot air ballooning; sleigh rides

Family deals: Kids 12 and under ski free and save 20% on lodging, lift tickets and kids’ ski rentals

Fine print: Valid December 5-17, 2015. Receive up to two complimentary child lift tickets per day and two Deer Valley ski rental discount vouchers for children 12 and under. The purchase of four adult lift tickets is also required. Minimum night stay is required and varies by property.

Solitude

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-13); daycare (ages 2-12)

Family deals: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine print: One child 6 and under skis free per adult lift ticket purchase

Snowbasin

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-12); daycare (ages 6 months and up); tubing

Family deals: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine print: Must be accompanied by paying adult.

Snowbird

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-17)

Family deals: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine print: No specific rules published

WYOMING

Jackson Hole

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-teen); daycare (6-36 mos); kids’ night out (ages 4-14); snowmobiling; sleigh rides; bike tours; snowshoeing; paragliding; winter wildlife tours

Family deals: Kids 14 and under ski free

Fine print: Valid November 26, 2015-April 3, 2016. For each paying adult, kids 14 and under ski free with a minimum 4-night stay at any Jackson Hole Resort Lodging condominium or home rental (some home rentals may require a longer stay).

VERMONT

Okemo

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-14); daycare (ages 6 mos-4 years); tubing; snowcat tours; mountain coaster; ice skating; hockey; indoor children’s pool; kids’ snowmobile tours

Family deals: Kids 6 and under ski free

Fine print: Kids 6 and under ski free with purchase of an adult lift ticket. Child must be present at ticket window.

Smuggler’s Notch

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 2.5-17); daycare (ages 6 weeks-3 years); tubing; family recreation center; teen center; zipline; ice skating; snowcat tours; snowmobiling; airboarding; arts & crafts

Family deals: Kids 5 and under ski free

Fine print: No specific rules published.

Stowe

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-16); daycare (ages 3 mos-3 years); dogsledding

Family deals: Kids 5 and under ski free

Fine print: Must be accompanied by a paid parent or guardian.

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