Best Kids Ski Free Deals This Winter

The 2016 North America ski season is officially underway! Like many ski-minded parents, we at Ciao Bambino are always on the hunt for the best discounts and packages to trim down the cost of a family ski vacation — and it doesn’t get much better than a good kids ski free deal. From Canada to California to Colorado, browse the list below to see where you can save a bundle this winter.

Kids Ski Free Deals 2016

Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Photo by Nathan Bilow

Best Kids Ski Free Deals for 2016-17

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 deal: Kids 12 and under ski and stay free all season

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.

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CALIFORNIA

June Mountain

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school for ages 3-12

Family deal: Kids 12 and under ski and ride free all season

Fine print: No blackout dates. Free children’s tickets must be picked up in person at the June Mountain Ticket Office.

Mammoth Mountain

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 3-12); daycare (ages newborn-6 years); evening babysitting; tubing; snowmobiling; scenic gondola; snowcat tours; snowshoeing; dining programs tailored for kids

Family deal: Kids 4 and under ski free all season

Fine print: No blackout dates

Sugar Bowl

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

Family deal: Kids 5 and under ski free all season

Fine print: No specific rules published

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; evening bonfires

Family deal: Kids ski free all season

Fine print: 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. 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. Promotions must be booked by the 15th of the month, at least one month prior to arrival, i.e. January 15, 2017 for all February 2017 arrivals. Contact (888) 649-5982, or e-mail [email protected] to book.

Crested Butte

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school; Kids’ Night Out programming; sleigh rides; zipline tours; snowshoeing; snowbiking; snowmobiling; horseback riding; adventure park

Family deal: Kids 12 and under ski free during select periods (see below)

Fine print: Valid November 24-December 16, 2016 and April 1-9, 2017

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 deal: Kids 12 and under ski and ride 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 866-736-8548. 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 deal: 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. Proof of age (birth certificate, driver’s license, college student ID, etc.) is required for those buying lift tickets with age restrictions.

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 under 12 ski and stay free with select packages and dates

Fine print: Holiday Tree Lighting Weekend Package valid December 16-19, 2016. Unbeaten Path package valid January 1-February 15, 2017 and February 20-April 3, 2017. Minimum 3-night stay required for all package deals. One free kid’s lift ticket per one paid adult lift ticket.

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MONTANA

Big Sky

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (age 4 and up); daycare (ages 6 months-8 years); kids’ club; snowshoeing; ziplining; bungee trampoline; climbing wall; giant swing; high ropes course; dogsledding; sleigh rides; snowmobiling

Family deal: Kids 5 and under ski free; kids 10 and under ski free with restrictions

Fine print: Kids 10 and under ski free when staying with Big Sky Central Reservations or all day with their Mountain Sports lesson. Free lift ticket applies to day(s) in which that child is enrolled in lessons.

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 deal: Kids 4 and under ski free all season

Fine print: To ski free, kids must accompany a paying adult.

OREGON

Mt. Bachelor

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 deal: Kids 12 and under ski free all season

Fine print: Kids 12 and under ski free the same number of days as their parents with the advance purchase of a 3-or-more-day adult lift ticket during winter operations. Purchase a non-discounted, window-rate Adult 3-of-5, 4-of-6, 5-of-7, or 6-of-8 day ticket online at least four days in advance of first ski day at Mt. Bachelor. To get tickets printed, go to any open Mt. Bachelor ticket window and let a Mt. Bachelor team member know that you purchased Kids Ski Free tickets. All family members must be present in order to receive the tickets. All tickets are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Kids Ski Free tickets are sold only in advance, online and are not available for sale at the resort.

UTAH

Brighton

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

Family deal: Kids 10 and under ski and ride free all season

Fine print: First two children 10 and under ski free per paying adult. Each additional child 10 and under will be charged $20 for an all-area day pass.

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 deal: Kids 12 and under ski free with select packages and dates and save 20% on lodging, lift tickets and kids’ ski rentals

Fine print: Early Season Family Value package valid December 2-15, 2017. Family Value package valid January 2-18, 2017 and January 25-February 15, 2017. Late Season Family Value package valid March 26-April 16, 2017. Receive one complimentary lift ticket, per paying adult, for children 12 and under per day as well as two Deer Valley children’s ski rental discount vouchers. The purchase of two 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 deal: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

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

Snowbird

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

Family deal: Kids 6 and under ski free all season

Fine print: No specific rules published

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VERMONT

Killington

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 7-17); daycare (ages 12 weeks-12 years); evening babysitting (ages 2 and up); mountain coaster; snow biking; gondola rides; sleigh rides; tubing park; snowmobiling; snowshoeing

Family deal: Kids 12 and under ski free

Fine print: With each purchased adult 5+ day ticket, get one youth (12 years and under) ticket free for the same dates and times. Not valid for tickets starting on peak days.

Okemo

Highlights for kids: Ski and snowboard school (ages 2-14); daycare (ages 6 mos-4 years); Kids’ Night Out programming on select dates (ages 6 months-12 years); tubing; snowcat tours; mountain coaster; ice skating; hockey; indoor children’s pool; kids’ snowmobile tours

Family deal: 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 entertainment center; teen center; zipline; ice skating; snowcat tours; snowmobiling; airboarding; arts & crafts; tube sliding; scavenger hunts; indoor pool

Family deal: 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; ice skating; rock climbing

Family deal: Kids 5 and under ski free

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

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 deal: Kids 14 and under ski and rent free

Fine print: Valid November 24, 2016-April 9, 2017. 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).

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