Taking a family to the slopes can be a pricey endeavor. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals from around the country, including stops in California, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and Idaho.
Taking a family to the slopes can be a pricey endeavor. Check out these deals at ski resorts across the country.
Kids under 12 ski free all winter at Keystone Resort as
long as your family stays two or more nights at one of the resort
properties, which range from luxury hotels to cozy condos. There is
no limit on the number of children per adult and no blackout
dates-the free skiing deal includes weekends and holidays, a rarity
in the ski industry.
Beaver Creek and Vail
Park Hyatt Beaver CreekResort and Spa, with ski-in, ski-out access to Beaver
Creek’s 146 runs on 1,805 acres of skiable terrain, is offering a
fourth night free to travelers who book a three-night stay before
Nov. 30. Deal includes free daily breakfast for two at 8100
Mountainside Bar & Grill, and a 2 p.m. checkout to give guests
an extra day of skiing. Beaver Creek lift tickets also can be used
at the nearby Vail Ski Resort.
Four Seasons Resort
In Vail, the Four Seasons Resort &Residences has a buy one night, get one free deal, along
with a Ski Free Package that includes three-day lift tickets for up
to two adults and two children, three-day ski or snowboard rentals
for up to two adults and two children, and kids 5 and under eat
La Posada de SantaFe, 16 miles north of Sante Fe in the Sangre de Cristo
Mountains, is offering a ski package that includes a room for two,
two lift tickets to Ski Santa Fe and a breakfast credit of $40.
Rates start at $199 for a weekday and $219 for a weekend with a
Park City is perfect for
a long ski weekend with plenty of direct flights to Salt Lake City
from Chicago and an easy 35-minute drive to the slopes. To show
just how easy, Park City came up with the Quick Start
promotion-trade in your boarding pass for a lift ticket, good for
that day at any of the major ski resorts. You can fly in the
morning and be on the slopes in the afternoon… Readmorein our article from Going Places.
Up to two children 12 and under per guest room at the Resort at Squaw Creek in
Lake Tahoe can ski, skate and sled for free Jan. 6-April 6. Prices
start at $299 per night for a deluxe forest view room. Use promo
code KIDPLAYRSC when booking. The Kids Ski, Skate, Sled Free
package includes lift tickets to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, skate
rentals and ice skating on the resort’s ice rink, and sledding on
the resort’s groomed sled hill.
The family-friendly SmugglersNotch resort in Vermont has several winter deals that include
mountainside condominium lodging, lift tickets, snow tubing, use of
the indoor pool and hot tub, Nordic and snowshoe terrain, indoor
FunZone with climbing inflatables, and teen centers for nightly
prices starting at $85 for children and $115 for adults. Add daily
ski instruction for kids 3-17 and the price is $105 for kids. Or
add the “Snow Sport University” instructional programs for the
entire family, which includes all-day ski or snowboard camp for
kids 3-5 and two-hour group lessons for ages 6 and up, and the
price is $105 for kids and $145 for adults per night.
The Woodstock Inn &Resort in Woodstock offers free skiing at the Inn’s Nordic
Center and free lift tickets to the Suicide Six Family Ski Area for
all guests who stay Sunday-Thursday. Kids 14 and under ski free all
of the time. Rates at the 142-room resort start at $240 per
Northern Michigan is a picturesque summer destination with itsstunning Sleeping Bear Dunes and blue Lake Michigan waters. Thearea is equally picturesque dressed in winter white.
Two of my favorite resorts, Crystal MountainResort in Thompsonville and Traverse City’s Shanty CreekResort, offer skiing and plenty of other family fun in
the snow-snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing,
snowmobiling, snow biking, paintball, even dog sledding-at rates
much more affordable than you’ll find in Colorado… Readmore in our article from Going Places.
Alpine Valley Resort
Alpine ValleyResort in Elkhorn is the largest ski area in southern
Wisconsin. It offers 20 trails ranging from bunny hills to mogul
runs, 11 lifts, a terrain park for snowboarders and a ski school
for newbies. The longest run is 2,500 feet and the vertical drop is
388 feet. Weekday lift tickets are $41 for beginners and $48 for
access to all areas. Weekend and holiday rates are $52 and $58.
Season passes are $858 for a family of two, and $150 for each
additional family member.
Cascade Mountain Ski Area
Cascade Mountain SkiArea in Portage boasts 34 trails ranging from steep and
challenging to long and relaxing. The ski area has 10 lifts,
including a high-speed Mountain Express quad chairlift. The 30-acre
terrain park has the only super-pipe in the Midwest, according to
TravelWisconsin.com. (Check the website for 2012-2013 lift ticket
prices, which were not available at press time.)
Devil’s Head Resort
Devil’s HeadResort near Baraboo is listed as one of the Midwest’s 10 Best
Ski Destinations by Ski Magazine. The area has 28 trails, a
half-pipe, terrain park, 16 lifts, and a program for skiers with
disabilities. Weekday lift tickets are $37 for kids 6-12 and $44
for ages 13 and up. Weekend and holiday lift tickets are $42 and
$49. Season passes are $399 for kids 6-12, $449 for ages 13-59 and
$175 for ages 60 and over. Kids 5 and under ski free with a paying
Mountain Top Ski Area
Mountain Top Ski Area
at Grand Geneva Resort has 18 runs, a terrain park, 10 kilometers
of cross country trails and snowshoeing. A season pass for a family
(two parents and up to four children, including full-time college
students) is $1,199. Each additional child is $99. Friday-Monday
and holiday lift tickets are $38 for kids 7-11 and $47 ages 12 and
older. Tuesday-Thursday lift tickets are $23 and $28. Seniors 65
and up pay half price and kids 6 and under ski free with a paid
Tyrol Basin, just west
of Madison, is known nationally for its world-class half-pipe. The
area has added a second half-pipe in addition to its 16 downhill
runs supported by six lifts. Weekday lift tickets are just $12 for
skiing from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All-day lift tickets on weekends and
holidays are $37 for kids 6-12 and 60 and over and $42 for ages
13-59. Kids 5 and under are free.
Wilmot Mountain is
the closest ski area to Chicago, located just west of Kenosha. It
has 25 trails, a half-pipe, terrain park and 11 lifts. For kids
4-8, Wilmot offers the Pied Piper Children’s Program. (Check the
website for 2012-2013 lift ticket prices, which were not available
at press time.)
Idaho ski resorts allow fifth-graders to ski free three timesand sixth-graders to ski free two times. Depending on where you skiand when, that deal could save you as much as $70 a day. Fill outthe application atskiidaho.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.