Finding the Best Ski Deals for Kids

By Mountain Mama \ August 1 2017

A few storms have already hit Utah's mountains covering the gold and red leaves in white, which means ski season is almost here. 

Below you'll find a list of some of the best pass deals for kids that you won't want to miss.

If you're looking for a deal on new and used ski/snowboard gear, check out our list of Utah Ski Swaps across the state.

Ski Utah's 5th and 6th Passport Program:   5th graders receive three days FREE at each of Utah's 14 resorts and 6th graders receive one day FREE at each of Utah's 14 resorts. AND, it is open to ALL visitors, not just Utah residents. There is a small application fee and it takes a couple weeks, so be sure to plan ahead.

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month: This program is designed to get new skiers and snowboarders out on the slope. Each resort has its own offerings of lesson/rentals and passes. Plan ahead and don't miss these January opportunities. 

Yeti Pass:  This is a limited quantity pass which allows you to ski one day at each of Utah's 14 resorts. It is a great idea to buy this to go along with your kiddos in the Passport Program. Another great reason to get this; if you've wanted to buy a season pass at a resort but aren't quite sure which one, it gives you a chance to give them all a try.

Here is a list by resort:

 

Alta: Alta has many options when it comes to season passes for kids and families.  Purchase the Mountain Collective Pass to score a few days at Alta while having access to many resorts all over the world. Another perk for families is when purchasing an adult season pass, you can purchase a season pass for your child six and under for only $50. If you are just learning and not sure about buying a full day pass, you can Ski after 3 pm on Cecret, Albion and Sunnyside lifts for just $10. Get the kids out for a few runs and just get their ski legs before buying a big pass. Kids a bit older? Alta is offering a season-long Saturday program for novice skiers ages 9-14 called Alta Explorers

Beaver Mountain: Small and unique in northern Utah. Kids five and under are FREE and with season pass purchase, there are three days of FREE skiing at Brian Head and Eagle Point. There are also discounts at many local businesses when showing your season pass.

Brian Head: Located in Southern Utah, it is just as close to Las Vegas as Salt Lake City. So if visiting in Vegas, pop up to Brian Head for a couple days and enjoy the slopes and scenery. Terrain based learning is great for the kids. Brian Head University has a deal you can't pass up. Purchase a three lesson program for first timers and If you don't have the concept in those three lessons, you get a FULL refund. There is also the reciprocal pass where you will get FREE ski days at other resorts across the country including Beaver Mountain and Sundance Resort in Utah! 

Brighton: Brighton offers  kids 10 and under FREE with a paying adult. What! No excuses this year mom and dad, you've got to dust off your old gear and get out. Night skiing is also an option with discounted tickets and you pretty much have the slopes to yourself.

Cherry Peak: This is Utah's newest ski resort. With day and night skiing, there are plenty of deals to be had. Kids 5 and under ski free with a paying adult. Snow tubing will surely be a favorite with families. I'm putting this on my winter bucket list.

Deer Valley Resort: There are endless opportunities for family fun at Deer Valley! Book a winter lodging package that gives kids 12 and under a chance to ski FREE with a paying adult! Check the link for dates included. If you are just learning and don't want to ski the whole mountain, you can purchase a beginner pass which keeps you near the bottom on nice, gentle terrain to get your confidence up before heading up high. Additionally, the lessons and childcare are top notch and a guarantee to be a great day for you and the kids.

Eagle Point: Another resort in southern Utah that is close to Utah's red rock country. Offering Ski-in/ski-out lodging packages starting at $79 AND children six and under ski/ride for FREE!

Nordic Valley: A great family resort located outside of Ogden has 100% of its mountain open for both day and night skiing. For children six and under, $15 will get them a season pass for the whole winter!

Park City Mountain: America's largest resort with 7,300 skiable acres!!  There are many options when shopping for season passes. Depending on if you are just skiing at Park City or you would like to use your pass at many other resorts across the country, the Epic Pass offers up the best option for families to get the most terrain under you feet all season. The Epic School Kids pass is an amazing pass that offers Utah kids five FREE days of skiing/boarding K-5th grade. Applications for this program close on October 8. This offer is no longer available, however, if your student is in 5th or 6th grade, check out the Ski Utah Passport.

Powder Mountain: From great groomed runs to snowcat skiing to kite skiing, this resort is certainly a gem. Kids six and under ski/ride free with a paying adult and they offer great rates for first-timers.

Snowbasin Resort: Beautiful scenery, great lodges, awesome bathrooms and long runs...what more could you want? The Riglet Park is one of our favorites which leads into the Terrain Based Learning. Learn and Earn is also a great learning program which includes three lessons, SEASON rentals and lift tickets for one price. Once you "graduate" you earn a season pass! With season passes, you will also get ski days at other resorts in the US and discounts on lodging.

Snowbird: With tons of vertical and one of Utah's longest seasons, Snowbird can't be beat! The freshly renovated Creekside Lodge will open at the start of the season serving up more dining options, hosting the Mountain School and much more. Kids six and under ski/ride free. And if you plan quickly, there are great deals on lodging and lift tickets.

Solitude: With updated dining options and a one-of-a-kind winter experience, Solitude has many youth programs to keep your kids busy all winter long. Best part? Kids under six are FREE with a paying adult!

Sundance: The views and delicious dining options at Sundance never get old. Kids under six ski/ride FREE with a paying adult. For only $142, you can take a family of four night skiing.

Here's another resource for pass/deal options for all beginners, not just kids. 

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