Maybe you’re looking to teach your kids to ski and don’t want to sink too much cash into it until you know they’re interested. Or your family is the definition of ski enthusiasts and you’re on the mountain whenever the chance arises and you want to save some dough. Either way we love these locations where kids can ski free across the US (with a few bonus ones in Canada). Where will you ski first?
Before You Take the Kids Skiing
Whether you’re whooshing down Black Diamonds or tentatively tackling the bunny hill it’s always a good idea to review best practices before each season. Here at TravelingMom we’ve got a wealth of skiing articles and tips. Have a question that we don’t answer? Feel free to leave a comment here or on our Facebook page and we’ll get you an answer!
Looking to put the kids in ski school? This can be a great option to both build confidence and give you some adult time. Make sure you know what to ask about ski school here! Want to be sure that the resort is kid friendly? We have tips to spot that too!
Not sure what to expect on your first family trip skiing? First timer tips are covered here. You can also brush up on the most common mistakes of first time skiers. It’s important to consider your ski personality and what you want to get out of a trip before choosing a resort. What’s your ski personality?
Where Kids Can Ski Free By State
Thanks to the sponsorship of The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association we’ve been able to write this roundup of where your kids can ski free. Check out Pennsylvania’s listing to see how your 4th or 5th grader can ski with over 50 lift tickets to 19 resorts! We’ve conveniently organized your “kids ski free” options by state. Be sure to click through on the offers for more details and any blackout dates that may apply. Happy trails!
Arizona Kids Ski Free Deals
Snowbowl: There are several ways for your kids to ski free at Snowbowl. Kids 7 and under ski free every day. Fourth graders can bring their report card to get a free lift ticket. Have a winter snow baby? They can ski free on their birthday! Best part? If the grandparents ski and are over 70 they ski free also. Talk about the perfect family outing!
California Kids Ski Free Locations
Canada Kids Ski Free Locations
Colorado Kids Ski Free Locations
Idaho Kids Ski Free Deals
Maine Kids Ski Free Deals
Maine has kids of all ages covered. Have a 5th, 6th or 7th grader? Apply for the WinterKids Passport. For just $20 to cover processing your child can ski free at participating resorts (some require an accompanying adult and Maine residency is required). See all details here. Have kids in preschool through 4th grade? They can also receive up to 3 free lift tickets to participating areas through the WinterKids FunPass.
Sunday River: During Kids Ski Free Weeks in January and March kids 12 and under receive free lift tickets, lodging, and equipment rentals.
Michigan Kids Ski Free Locations
Montana Kids Ski Free Deals
New Hampshire Kids Ski Free Locations
New Mexico Kids Ski Free Deals
New York Kids Ski Free Locations
The Kids Learn to Ski or Ride Passport allows 3rd and 4th graders to ski free ($27 processing fee to receive/no residency requirements) at over 20 participating ski areas.
Plattekill Mountain: Kids 6 and under ski free every day.
Oregon Kids Ski Free Locations
Mt. Bachelor: Located in Central Oregon kids 5 and under always ski free at Mt. Bachelor. Kids 12 and under can ski for free for the same number of days as their parents lift ticket advance purchases (3 day or more only). This deal must be purchase online in advance.
Pennsylvania Kids Ski Free Deals
We love Pennsylvania for free skiing because it’s so close to multiple metro areas!
With the Snowpass 4th and 5th graders can ski in Pennsylvania at 19 ski areas for just a $40 processing fee. No residency requirement. You will be sent 3 lift tickets to each of the 19 participating resorts. What a deal!
Elk Mountain: Kids 5 and under will receive a free lift ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Hidden Valley Resort: Explore 3 resorts in one with Hidden Valley Resort. Kids 5 and under ski free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Utah Kids Ski Free Locations
Have a 5th or 6th grader? Utah’s passport program is perfect for you. With no residency requirement, your 5th grader can ski or ride 3 times at each of Utah’s 14 resorts. Your 6th grader can ski or ride 1 time at each of Utah’s 14 resorts. There is a $35 processing fee associated with both options. Full details here.
Beaver Mountain: Kids 5 and under ski free with the purchase of an adult season pass. Must submit for both at the same time.
Deer Valley: Book a 3 night minimum lodging package and receive a free lift ticket for kids 12 and under per paying adult.