Where Can Kids Ski Free in 2011?

Many of the top-rated family-friendly ski resorts across the US and Canada offer kids ski and/or stay free programs for families with young children. This is a great way to cut some of the brutal expense out of skiing with kids.

We published a Where Can Kids Ski Free in 2010 list last year and it was so popular that I just updated it with 2011 promotions.  Good news, many resorts are still offering great programs for families.  A special shout out to Mt. Bachelor in Oregon where kids under 18 (!) can ski free all season long when accompanying a full paying adult with a multi-day pass.

Skiing at super family-friendly Steamboat Springs

California

Mammoth Mountain

What: Kids ski free all season

Who: Kids 6 and under

Rules: Must accompany a full paying adult.  Available at ticket window. Link with more information.

Colorado

Aspen/Snowmass

What: Kids ski and stay for free from March 1-31 or April 1-24

Who: Kids 7-12

Rules: Must accompany a full paying adult with comparable adult ticket of 4+ days.Must be booked by February 28th. Available from Stay Aspen/Snowmass 877-308-8703.  Link with more information.

Beaver Creek

What: Kids ski free plus get free ski school and ski/snowboard rentals from February 27-March 11

Who: Kids 12 and under

Rules: Available from Vail/Beaver Creek Reservations 800-953-0844. Link with more information.

Steamboat Springs

What: Kids ski free all season

Who: Kids 12 and under

Rules: Must accompany a full paying adult.5 or more lift day purchase required.

Available from Steamboat Central Reservations 970-871-5252. Link with more information.

Oregon

Mt. Bachelor

What: Kids ski free all season

Who: Kids 18 and under

Rules: Must accompany an adult who purchases a 3 of 5 or 5 of 7 multiday ticket.The child will get the same. Must be purchased online 4 days in advance of trip. Link with more information.

Idaho

Sun Valley

What: Kids stay and ski free most of the season

Who: Kids 15 and under

Rules: Available for one child per skiing parent staying in the same room.Must stay within Sun Valley resort. Not available from from December 24 – January 2, 2011 or February 19-27, 2011.Available from Sun Valley Reservations 800-894-9931.

Utah

Snowbird

What: Kids ski free all season

Who: Kids 6 and under

Rules: Ski chairs for free only.  Tram upgrades are $15 per child but complimentary for Snowbird lodging guests.  Available at ticket window.  Link with more information.

Brighton

What: Kids ski free all season

Who: Kids 7 and under

Rules: Available at ticket window. Link with more information.

Deer Valley

What: Kids ski free

Who: Kids 12 and under

Rules: Receive up to two free tickets for kids with purchase of two adult lift tickets in conjunction with a Lodges at Deer Valley Exceptional Family Package.  Available January 3-13, January 19-February 9, and March 27-April 10. Available at ticket window with voucher.

Vermont

Killington

What: Kids ski free all season

Who: Kids 5 and under and kids 6-12 and under rules below.

Rules: Must accompany a full paying adult who pre-purchases a 5-day Ski Week lift ticket.  Minimum 5-night lodging required.   Purchase online.  Link with more information.

Okemo

What: Kids ski free all season

Who: Kids 6 and under

Rules: Must accompany a full paying adult.  Available at ticket window.  Link with more information.

Wyoming

What: Kids fly, ski, and stay for free

Who: Kids 12 and under

Rules: Must accompany a fare-paying adult who purchases a lift ticket and lodging.  Valid for travel on American Airlines. Available from January 5-February 16 and  February 27-March 10.   Available through Jackson Hole Central Reservations on 888-838-6606.  Link with more information.

Canada

Banff, Alberta

What: Kids ski free all season

Who: Kids 12 and under

Rules: Must accompany a full paying parent.Minimum 5-day lift ticket required. Up to 4 children per paying parent. Available from UltimateSki.ca or call 866-440-1083.

Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia

What: Kids ski free all season

Who: Kids 6 and under

Rules:Must accompany a full paying adult.  Available from Whistler/Blackcomb Reservations 866-218-9687. Link with more information.

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Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe gets an honorable mention for their package where kids 12 and under ski for $12 every day of the season. Tickets available at the ticket window with a purchase of an adult all-day lift ticket.  This is a great value. Link with more information.

Relevant Links:

Ciao Bambino recommended ski hotels and resorts

Tips for planning a family-friendly ski vacation

Finding family ski resorts and accommodations

Steamboat vacations with kids

Family-friendly recipes for ski weekends

3 Comments

  1. Unfortunately the Colorado Beaver Creek kids ski free get free ski school and ski/snowboard rentals from February 27-March 11 is only valid if you stay at Beaver Creek. We are staying in Vail and this bit of info has turned our whole ski trip upside down!

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