Best Ski Free Deals for Families This Season (North America Edition)

Whether your kids can schuss down a difficult run or have never set eyes on a bunny hill, family ski trips are magical. But they can also take a bite out of your bank account — lift tickets, ski school, gear and more drive the price tag upward in a hurry.

The good news? Lots of resorts offer “kids ski free” packages that make a trip to the slopes much easier on the wallet. Although some limit the deals to younger kids, others extend them into the tween years. Just be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully to avoid an expensive surprise.

Happy skiing!

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Best Ski Deals for 2014

CANADA

Whistler/Blackcomb

What: Kids 12 and under ski free

Fine Print: Valid November 15-December 20, 2013. One free child per paying adult (minimum 3-day lift ticket); one free child gear rental per paying adult rental (minimum 3 days); one free child transfer per paying adult transfer (must be equivalent to adult rate). For more information, go to whisterblackcomb.com.

CALIFORNIA

Diamond Peak

What: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: No specific rules published. For more information, go to diamondpeak.com.

Mammoth Mountain

What: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: Proof of birthdate may be required. For more information, go to mammothmountain.com.

Northstar

What: Kids 4 and under ski free all season

Fine print: Children 4 and under ski free. Collect free tickets at any ticket window. For more information, go to northstarcalifornia.com.

Squaw Valley

What: Kids 12 and under ski free

Fine print: Rate includes (2) adult 4-day lift tickets and (2) free child 4-day lift tickets. Offer valid for stays now through 4/26/14. Not valid for stays on following dates: 1/17-19/2014, 2/15-22/2014, 3/12-13/2014, 3/21-22/2014, 4/4-4/5, 2014. Additional blackout dates may apply. For more information, go to squaw.com.

COLORADO

Aspen/Snowmass

What: Kids 6 and under ski free all season; kids 7-12 ski free March 8-April 20

Fine Print: Kids must accompany a full paying adult (minimum 3-day lift ticket). Kids 7-12 stay free with purchase of lodging and 3-day lift ticket. Includes equipment rentals with comparable adult package. Book by February 28, 2014 (for March); March 24, 2014 (for April): Valid March 8 – April 20, 2014. For more information, go to aspensnowmass.com.

Copper Mountain

What: Kids 12 and under ski free November 1-April 20

Fine print: Offer valid on stays 11/1/13 – 4/20/14. Minimum 3-night stay required. For more information, go to coppercolorado.com.

Crested Butte

What: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine print: No specific rules published. For more information, go to skicb.com.

Keystone Resort

What: Kids 12 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: Minimum two-night stay required and families must stay at lodging owned and operated by Keystone Resort. No blackout dates. Pick up tickets at check-in. For more information, go to keystoneresort.com.

Steamboat

What: Kids 12 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: Kids 12 and under ski free the same number of days as their parents/grandparents when parents/grandparents purchase a 5-or-more day adult lift ticket. Each qualifying purchase allows one free child per paid parent/grandparent. Children ages 5 and under always ski free but are required to have a ticket. For more information, go to steamboat.com.

Winter Park

What: Kids 6-12 ski free

Fine Print: Valid for stays November 13, 2013 through December 20, 2013, with a 2-night minimum stay required. One-day minimum adult lift ticket required. One free child lift ticket (ages 6-12) with each paying adult lift ticket (ages 13-64). Lift tickets valid only during period specified above. For more information, go to winterparkresort.com.

IDAHO

Sun Valley

What: Kids 15 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: Requires a stay at the Sun Valley Resort this winter season. One child in the same room with a parent stays and skis free (15 years of age and under). A child will receive a lift ticket for the same number of days the parent has purchased. Blackout dates apply: December 21, 2013 to January 5, 2014 and February 14 to February 23, 2014. For more information, go to sunvalley.com.

MAINE

Sugarloaf

What: Kids 12 and under ski free all season

Fine print: Book any ski and stay package for 2 or more nights by December 16, 2013, and kids’ lift tickets are free. No blackout dates. For more information, go to sugarloaf.com.

MONTANA

Big Sky Resort

What: Kids 10 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: Kids 5 and under always ski free. Kids ages 6-10 only ski free when staying with Big Sky Central Reservations or all day with their Mountain Sports lesson. For more information, go to bigskymontana.org.

Whitefish

What: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine print: Free ticket required. For more information, go to skiwhitefish.com.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Bretton Woods

What: Kids 4 and under ski free all season

Fine print: Must accompany a paying adult. For more information, go to brettonwoods.com.

OREGON

Mt. Bachelor

What: Kids 12 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: Kids ski free the same number of days as their parents with the purchase of a 3-or-more day adult lift ticket. Must purchase a discounted adult 3-out-of-5, 4-out-of-6, 5-out-of-7, or 6-out-of-8 multi-day ticket online at least 4 days in advance of your first ski day at Mt. Bachelor. No blackouts or restrictions. All family members must be present in order to receive tickets at ticket window. For more information, go to mtbachelor.com.

UTAH

Brighton Resort

What: Kids 7 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: No specific rules published. For more information, go to brightonresort.com.

Park City Mountain Resort

What: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: Children 6 and under need to have a valid lift ticket. Available at any ticket window or season pass office. For more information, go to parkcitymountain.com.

Snowbasin

What: Kids 6 and under ski free

Fine print: No specific rules published. For more information, go to snowbasin.com.

Snowbird

What: Kids 12 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: Kids ski free during dates of stay. Some minimum stays apply. For more information, go to snowbird.com.

Solitude

What: Kids 13 and under ski free all season except holiday weeks

Fine print: Minimum 2-night stay required. One free kids’ ticket per paid adult, up to two free lift tickets per day per reservation. Not valid holiday weeks. For more information, go to skisolitude.com.

VERMONT

Killington

What: Kids 12 and under ski free all season long

Fine Print: Kids ages 6-12 ski and ride free when parents pre-purchase prior to arrival a 5-day or longer lift ticket. Offer is not valid when any of the days is a peak day: December 21, 2013-January 1, 2014; January 18-20, 2014; February 15-21, 2014. One free child per paid parent. Kids 5 and younger always ski and ride free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, go to killington.com.

Okemo

What: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine Print: Free kids’ tickets available at any ticket window. Child must be present. For more information, go to okemo.com.

Stowe

What: Kids 5 and under ski free all season

Fine print: Must be accompanied by a paid parent or guardian. For more information, go to stowe.com.

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One Comment

  1. Kids under 5 ski free all season at Sunday River. Plus tickets are free for the beginner surface lift (all ages). And during kids week, kids ski, stay, eat & rent for free (with the purchase of an adult ski and stay).

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