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- Before You Take the Kids Skiing
- Arizona Kids Ski Free Deals
- California Free Kids Skiing Locations
- Canadian Ski Free Locations for Kids
- Colorado Kids Ski Free Offerings
- Idaho Kids Ski Free Deals
- Maine Kids Youth Ski Specials
- Michigan Kids Ski Free Locations
- Montana Kids Ski Free Deals
- New Hampshire Free Kids Skiing Locations
- New Mexico Kids Ski Free Deals
- New York Kids Ski Free Locations
- North Carolina Kids Ski Free Spots
- Oregon Kids Ski Free Locations
- Utah Locations with Kids Ski Specials
- Vermont Ski Free Deals
- Virginia Kids Ski Locales
- Washington State Locations
- Wyoming Kids Free Ski Locations
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 want to save some dough. Either way, we love these locations where kids ski free across the US (with a few bonus ones in Canada). Where will you ski first?
Before You Take the Kids Skiing
Before we chat kids ski free, let’s cover some basics. 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 to help you plan that ski vacation. 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!
Where Kids Can Ski Free By State
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 in Flagstaff. Kids 10 and under ski free every day. Same for all fourth graders — free lift tickets every day. Everyone skis free on their birthday! Best part? Grandparents age 70 and older also ski free. Talk about the perfect family outing.
Bonus Tip: Go skiing frequently? Skip the ticket window all ski season by paying $29 for a season pass. Yes, it makes the free deal not as free, but you’ll save time.
California Free Kids Skiing Locations
June Mountain Ski Resort: Kids 12 and under always ski & ride free! Just show up in person to pick up your kiddos’ free lift ticket.
Canadian Ski Free Locations for Kids
Colorado Kids Ski Free Offerings
Heading to Colorado? Check out these tips for choosing a family friendly Colorado ski resort before you go!
Live in Colorado? Have a kiddo in kindergarten through fifth grade? Head into your local Front Range Epic Mountain Gear location to register your child for an Epic SchoolKids pass. You can check here for details on deadlines to sign up. The Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack includes 4 days of skiing or snowboarding at each of these 5 Colorado resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, Keystone and Breckenridge. (Note: There are some black out dates, so check before you go!
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Stay Aspen Snowmass
Idaho Kids Ski Free Deals
Schweitzer Mountain Resort: Kids 6 and under ski free all season long.
Idaho 5th and 6th Grade Peak Season Passport: This passport program costs $18 in processing fees but covers skiing for 5th graders 3 times at each of the 18 locations. For 6th graders, it covers 2 visits to each of the 17 participating locations. Locations include: Bald Mountain, Bogus Basin, Brundage Mountain, Cottonwood Butte, Grand Targhee, Kelly Canyon, Little Ski Hill, Lookout Pass, Lost Trail, Magic Mountain, Pebble Creek, Pomerelle, Schweitzer, Silver Mountain, Snow Haven, Soldier Mountain, Sun Valley, and Tamarack. The passport is available to residents and non-residents alike.
Maine Kids Youth Ski Specials
Maine used to run a program called the WinterKids Passport. That program has undergone changes and now operates through an app called WinterKids. There is a $35 membership fee per family of 5. While this makes it not free technically, we’re including it for informational purposes. The offers cover more than just skiing and extend to other snowsports. You can view a list of included deals here.
Sunday River: During Children’s Festival from January 5-10 kids 3-12 ski free, stay free and get free rentals and lessons. There are also tons of kid-friendly activities including magicians and fireworks.
Michigan Kids Ski Free Locations
Have a 4th or 5th grader in Michigan? Apply for a Cold is Cool Passport and receive up to 3 free lift tickets for your kiddo from a list of ore than 25 resort options. The child must be accompanied by a paying adult. There is a $20 processing/shipping fee for the passport.
Boyne Mountain: Kids 5 and under ski free every day at Boyne Mountain. Have some late blooming skiers? They also offer a free beginners area for all ages. Just pick up a free ticket at the ticket window. Our writer found family fun everywhere she turned at Boyne Mountain.
Ski Brule: Kids 9 and under ski free every day at Ski Brule. Become a Friends & Neighbors member (free program) to get $7 equipment rentals for kids with a paying adult. More freebies at Ski Brule include free mac and cheese and free snow tubing. See all the details on their site.
Montana Kids Ski Free Deals
Big Sky Resort: Kids 6 and under always ski free.
New Hampshire Free Kids Skiing Locations
Bretton Woods: At Bretton Woods kids 4 and under always ski free with a paying adult. Also, kids 12 and under who purchase or lease equipment at a participating ski shop by December 17th can sign up for a free Junior Winter Mountain Pass which gives them access to free night skiing. For folks 13+ who may need to learn to ski, bookmark this page for special events in January and March that include complimentary ski and snowboard lessons.
Gunstock Mountain Resort: Kids 5 and under always ski free.
King Pine Ski Area: Not quite free, but at $69 for 4 people you may as well consider the kids free! This deal is great for families with teens. Get 4 Saturday night tickets and 4 slices of pizza for just $69!
Loon Mountain: Kids 5 and under ski free every day. You’ll still need to grab them a ticket but it will be free.
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 (there is a processing fee) at participating ski areas. The Learn to Ski Passport includes a group lesson, lift ticket and equipment rental. There is also a Ski & Ride passport that allows up to 3 free lift tickets per participating resort with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Plattekill Mountain: Kids 6 and under ski free every day. They also run specials like Ski Saturday, Sunday is Free.
North Carolina Kids Ski Free Spots
Cataloochee Ski Area: Kids 17 and under can stay overnight with a paying adult in one of the participating hotels in Hayward County and ski free. Go here for more details and blackout dates.
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. This deal must be purchased online in advance between November 25-December 15, 2019. No blackout dates, the tickets are good any day after purchase.
Pennsylvania Kids Ski Specials
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 participating ski areas for just a $40 processing fee (save $5 when you register before December 1st). No residency requirement, so it’s great if you’ll be traveling to Pennsylvania. The pass includes one First Time Ski/Snowboard package and up to 3 lift tickets at each of the participating resorts with the purchase of an adult lift ticket. What a deal!
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 Locations with Kids Ski Specials
Have a 5th or 6th grader? Utah’s passport program is for you. With no residency requirement, your 5th grader can ski or ride 3 times at each of Utah’s 15 resorts. Your 6th grader can ski or go snowboarding 1 time at each of Utah’s 15 participating resorts. There is a $45 processing fee associated with both options. Participated last year? You can use your old login. NEW: For the 2019/2020 season the program is fully digital. Be sure to check out FAQ/rules/blackout dates 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. The child’s pass can be attached to the adult pass of a sibling, parent or grandparent.
Brighton: Up to 2 kids 10 and under ski free when they’re with a passholder or an adult purchasing a lift ticket.
Deer Valley: Book a lodging package and receive a free lift ticket for kids 12 and under per paying adult per day and up to two equipment rental discount vouchers.
Vermont Ski Free Deals
Virginia Kids Ski Locales
Wintergreen Resort: Located off of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Wintergreen Resort has a later opening date than many other resorts (anticipated 12/14/19). However, the ski lesson offerings are solid for kids of all ages and kids 5 and under ski free with a ticketed adult.
Massanutten Resort: Kids 5 and under ski free with a paid adult ticket.
Washington State Locations
Several Washington state ski areas participate in the 5th Grade Ski and Ride Passport. Ski the Northwest Rockies participants include 49 Degrees North, Mt. Spokane, and Loup Loup Ski Bowl. There are also several Idaho mountains that participate in this program. Head here to fill out an online application. Once you complete the application and pay a $20 service fee, your kid’s passport will be emailed. It includes three free days at all six participating locations. This program is open to residents and non-residents.