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Family skiing and riding on a budget: Where to get deals and discounts for kids this winter

Posted at 10:35 AM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 12:35:27-05
Copper Mountain Family Ski.
Courtesy of Copper Mountain

Looking to hit the slopes with the kids this season? Colorado Ski County USA can make it even easier this season by saving you some money. Below are some Kids Ski Free packages and discounts available at Colorado Ski Country member ski areas.

5th and 6th Grade Passport Program –Colorado Ski Country USA offers any fifth grader the chance to ski or ride three days at 22 participating member resorts across the state for free. Fifth graders who have never skied or snowboarded are eligible for the First-Class program which provides “never-ever” skiers and riders one free full-day beginner lesson and equipment rental at the resort of their choice. All Passport holders also receive one complimentary junior rental from Christy Sports. The Sixth Grade Passport Program offers four days of skiing at the same 22 resorts for only $105. To register for the Passport Program,  click here.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area – A-Basin offers the  Kids Free 2 Ski Pas, which covers kids between the ages of6 six and 12.  Guests must register online or at Arapahoe Basin by Dec. 17, 2018. Those who are regstered can receive 50 percent off a full-day first-timer lesson to get started. Children under the age of 5 ski free at A-Basin. Get a 5 and under lift ticket from the ticket window. For more information, visit click here.

Aspen Snowmass – Aspen Snowmass offers free lift tickets with an equipment rental from Four Mountain Sports for children who are 7 to 12 years old.  However, the deal only applies to those who book lodging with Aspen Snowmass and is valid from Jan. 1 to April 21, 2019. Kids younger than 6 ski for free at Aspen Snowmass.  For more information, click here.

Cooper –Children who are ages 6 to 14 receive discounted lift tickets and children’s group lessons start at $69.  Children who are younger than 5 ski for free.  For more information, click here.

Copper Mountain – Copper Mountain offers the One, Two, Free! package for children  12 and younger, which allows free skiing with the purchase of a two-day adult lift ticket. Children who are 4 and younger can ski and ride for free.  For more information, click here.

Echo Mountain Resort – At Echo Mountain, adults who purchase a season pass can get a free season pass for children 6 and younger.  For more information, click here.

Eldora – At Eldora, kids ages 5 and under can purchase an alpine season pass for $29. For more information, click here.

Granby Ranch – Granby Ranch offers free skiing and riding every day for children ages five and under. For more information, click here.

Hesperus Ski Area – Hesperus participates in the Free Power Pass program, which grants a free season pass valid at Purgatory Resort and Hesperus Ski Area, to children ages 10 and younger. For more information, click here.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area – At Howelsen Hill, lift tickets for children who are 5 and younger pay $8 for a daily lift ticket.  Children between the ages of 6 and 18 pay only $15 for a full day of skiing or riding.  For more information, click here.

Kendall Mountain Ski Area – Children 5 and under ski and ride for free at Kendall Mountain. For more information, click here.

Loveland Ski Area – Children who are between 6 years old and 14 years old receive a free season pass with the completion of the 3-Class pass.  Children 5 and younger can ski and snowboard for free. For more information, click here.

Monarch Mountain – Children 6 and younger ride for free at Monarch Mountain. For more information, click here.

Powderhorn Resort – Children who are 5 years old and younger can purchase a daily lift ticket for $18 or they can get a season pass for $59.  However, Powderhorn offers the Learn to Ski Free program, which offers free ski or snowboard lessons, with free rentals and a free Easy Rider lift ticket during the time of the lesson. This program is offered to new or beginner skiers every Sunday morning after the holiday season.  For more information, click here.

Purgatory Resort – Purgatory Resort participates in the Free Power Pass program, which grants a free season pass valid at Purgatory Resort and Hesperus Ski Area, to children ages 10 and younger. For more information, click here.

Steamboat Resort – Steamboat’s Kids Ski Free and Grandkids Ski Free programs give children 12 years old or younger free lift tickets and free rentals for the same number of days as their parent, grandparent, or legal guardian. Conditions apply.  For more information, click here.

Sunlight Mountain Resort – Children 5 and younger can get a  free Carefree Skier season pass to Sunlight Mountain Resort. For more information, click here.

Telluride Ski Resort – Telluride offers free daily lift tickets at the lift ticket window for children ages five and younger. For more information, click here.

Winter Park Resort – Winter Park offers free skiing and riding for children 12 and younger with the purchase of a three-day adult lift ticket and lodging at Winter Park.  Blackout dates apply, for more information, click here.