Skiing is one of the best family vacations ever. The only downside is that this beloved sport is expensive. Once you add in lessons, lodging, equipment, and tickets, skiing becomes cost prohibitive for families. Fortunately, family-friendly ski resorts are plentiful and many are doing their best to take the sting out of the cost by offering ‘kids ski free’ deals.
At some resorts, this perk is just for very young children so the benefit is short-lived. While at others like Keystone Resort, Steamboat, Mt. Bachelor, Killington, and Sun Valley, school-age kids get a big break too.
I discovered Canada last year during a no-kid trip to Vancouver. It took me just three months to make it back to British Columbia, this time to explore Richmond with my daughter. The list of great neighborhoods and activities grew quickly, but when it came to getting the feel of classic Canada, the third time was the charm.
Halfway between Ottawa and Montreal, the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, exudes Canada.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post on finding family-friendly ski resorts and promised to follow up with a list of ski areas offering kids ski free programs. Choosing venues where kids ski free is a great way to take the edge of the exorbitant cost of skiing. I scoured the web for options in North America. Stay tuned for a ski Europe edition.
Since lift tickets are part of what makes skiing so expensive (not to mention clothes, equipment, overpriced meals, and lodging) – I was excited to read about a few websites specializing in discounted lift tickets and spent some time …