US: Free or Almost Free – Seven Great Ski Vacation Deals for Families.
We are watching for the season’s best "snowy" family vacations and the latest ski deals for families including ski free days, kids fly free, kids stay free, and free snow tubing times.
West Virginia: Daniels, Ski Free at Winterplace.
Off grid definitely describes a family winter holiday in Southern West Virginia. It’s an affordable and easy paced spot with oodles of options for families who want an active family vacation. In addition to hiking and cavern adventures add skiing, boarding, and tubing to the list. Bonus points:
Winterplace is the home to the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia and that fact alone should make you want to pack the kids in the van and escape. Here’s the deal:
Once again this season the Resort at Glade Springs offers guests free lift tickets for Winterplace. Actually it’s two lift tickets for each night’s stay plus complimentary daily shuttle to and from Winterplace; full buffet breakfast for the entire family each day; access to full the service leisure center with indoor pool, bowling alley, arcade, cinema room, and indoor basketball. Vacation planning details:
Resort at Glade Springs Toll-free 1-888-477-3424 or www.gladesprings.com
North Carolina: Maggie Valley, Cataloochee Mountain Kids Ski Free.
Located in the heart of Western North Carolina “where the sun rises on the Smokies”, Haywood County offers families four seasons of vacation fun. Cataloochee Mountain ski area, at the heart of the region anchors the fun. No need to worry about bare slopes when Mother Nature is too busy to scatter the needed white stuff the elves at Cataloochee make their own. Here’s the deal:
Participants must be staying at a participating Haywood County accommodation to receive the voucher to be redeemed at Cataloochee. Bonus points:
Starting January 9, every Wednesday is Family Day at Cataloochee and a child 17 and under receives a free lift ticket when accompanied by a parent purchasing a full price day, twilight or night lift ticket. Vacation planning details:
and www.tubemaggievalley.com Colorado: Steamboat Springs Kids Ski Free.
This vintage western town with a contemporary atmosphere espouses a grand skiing heritage. The town is home to more winter sports Olympians than any other place in the U.S. It is known for Champagne Powder® snow, innovative family programs, Kids Vacation Center, unique off-mountain activities, and family-friendly lodging options. Here’s the deal:
Steamboat Springs, Colorado has been offering free skiing benefits for kids since 1982. So of course they are once again offering Kids Ski Free for 2012/2013. Steamboat’s Kids Ski Free™ and Grandkids Ski Free programs allow children 12 years of age and younger to ski free the same number of days as their parents and grandparents when parents and grandparents purchase a five-day or more regular-priced adult lift ticket prices. Bonus points:
Children participating in the Kids Ski Free™ lift ticket program will also receive free ski rentals and Teen Ticket participants will receive discounted ski rentals at all Steamboat Ski & Sport® locations and RideSports when parents rent skis for five days or more. Vacation planning details: www.steamboat.comColorado: Created Butte Mountain Resort – Fly Free.
This small historic town with a premier ski mountain, dramatic Alpine views and friendly people is a nice fir for a winter family vacation. Here’s the deal.
Crested Butte, Colorado once again is partnering with American Airlines to offer “Kids Fly for Free” which has obvious advantages for families. When a Crested Butte vacation is book for three or more people, every third airline ticket is free. The deal is actionable between 12/13/2012-04/01/2013 with some selected blackout dates, and flights must be booked by December 1st, 2012. Bonus points:
From March 16 - April 7, 2013, kids 12 and under stay and ski free (one free child ticket per one adult paid ticket) when families book their lodgings through Crested Butte Vacations. Vacation planning details: www.skicb.comColorado: Granby, YMCA of the Rockies Quick Getaway.
Framed by the impressive Rocky Mountains, time together at Snow Mountain Ranch makes sharing experiences and creating memories easy for all ages. Snow Mountain Ranch is the perfect setting for families and friends to spend quality time together. The property spans 5,200 acres of mountain meadows at an altitude of 9,000 feet. For downhill skiers and snowboarders, it is not far to the resorts of Winter Park and Sol Vista. But perhaps the best is on site with winter activities including ice skating pavilion, a lighted sledding and tubing hill, and miles of well groomed trails ideal for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. Here’s the deal:
Throughout the autumn, winter and spring, YMCA of the Rockies offers special all-inclusive family festivals for all ages. The weekend package includes lodging, meals and activities starting Friday evening through Sunday morning, and run from $95-$105 per adult, and $65-$75 per child under 12. Vacation planning details:
Snow Mountain Ranch 1101 County Road 53 Granby, CO 80446. Toll-free 1-800-777-9622 or www.ymcarockies.org Utah: Park City - Ski and Ride Free.
From the Salt Lake City Airport it is possible to reach 11 major ski and snowboarding resorts within an hour. So, for families with teens this free ski advantage may be a perfect fit. Here’s the deal:
The Park City Quick START (Ski Today and Ride Today) Vacation lets you convert your airline boarding pass into a same-day lift ticket to the Park City resort of your choice - Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley Resort the deal is valid from now until close of ski season in mid April with customary blackout days scattered along the way. Vacation planning details: Park City Quick Start
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showcases oodles of winter family vacation ideas, travel advice, vacation planning and destination information for family time in the snow - skiing, boarding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, snow mobiling, free-range sledding, ice skating and ice fishing. Is there anything else?Note: Deals decribed were active and available at publishing however as always details must be confirmed with the destination prior to making travel plans. Content researched and assembled by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Editor FTF. Images courtesy of Resort at Glade Springs, Steamboat Springs Resort, and YMCA of the Rockies. Copyright 2012.