If you’ve ever thought about taking the kids skiing in Colorado, this season is the time to do it. A weak economy hurt tourism spending last year, and skier visits declined 5.5 percent throughout the state according to this article in The Denver Post. That means ski areas are luring tourists back with some amazing deals and discounts this winter. Taking the kids to ski and board in Colorado’s phenomenal fluffy powder under gorgeous blue skies has never been so cheap (at least in recent years). Consider these discounts:
Winter Park: Buy two nights of lodging, get the third night free. Three consecutive days of ski lessons for kids is $299 (a $360 value).
Copper Mountain: Book two nights of lodging, get the third night free. Kids under 12 ski free with a paying adult.
Aspen/Snowmass: Purchase a four-day/five-night lift-ticket and lodging package for March and your child skis and stays for free (scroll down). If you rent equipment, your child will get free rentals, too. Check out the grand-opening, half-off rates before Christmas at the ultra-luxe Viceroy Snowmass.
Arapahoe Basin: Kids ages 6 to 14 ski for only $8 with the purchase of an adult lift ticket.
Vail Resorts: On-mountain dining is ridiculously expensive at most resorts across Colorado, so I especially appreciate Vail Resorts’ (umbrella company for Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone) “Lunch for Less” offering — an entree, side dish and drink for just $9.95 across all the mountains. This might be pasta and soup one day or a wrap and soup the next. Anyone who has fed a family of four mid-day on the slopes can relate to this incredible bargain. Learn about more Vail Resorts deals here.
This is just a handful of the discounts at Colorado ski resorts this season. Before you make your Colorado winter travel plans, I highly recommend you search your resort’s website for savings for the whole family. Trust me, those deals are there. Not sure where to stay and ski? Browse all of Colorado’s ski resorts at Colorado Ski Country and Vail Resorts.