Got a fifth- or sixth-grader? It might be time to
Ski areas across the country know they need to hook kids on
skiing early to create customers who will return to their resorts
again and again over a lifetime. So ski destinations, including the
resorts in Idaho, offer free skiing for kids in late elementary
Idaho ski resorts allow fifth-graders to ski free three times
and sixth-graders to ski free two times. Depending on where you ski
and when, that deal could save you as much as $70 a day. Fill out
the application at skiidaho.us
now-the deal is not available once you arrive in Idaho and it takes
at least two weeks for the pass to be delivered. There's a $20
processing fee, but most resorts include deals on equipment rentals
and specials for parents and siblings.
The kids' ski free deal is available at most of the state's 18
ski areas (see the website for
the full list), including the state's premier resort, Sun Valley.
This gorgeous resort is not for those afraid of heights or prone
to altitude sickness. Its peaks rise to 9,150 feet with a vertical
drop of 3,400 feet. The longest of its 80 runs stretches 1.2 miles.
The views-from the ski runs as well as the gondola and lodge-are
When you're done skiing, head to the Sun Valley Lodge bowling
alley. The 1950s-style six-lane bowling alley is one of the oldest
in the Pacific Northwest. Or, if it's snowing, head to one of the
heated outdoor pools for a swim. Few things are quite as fun as
swimming when snowflakes start falling.
Deals at the Sun Valley Lodge this winter include a $139 per
person rate for lodging and skiing from Jan. 3-March 31 and a
$79.50 per person rate after April 1.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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