Ski areas across Oregon are making it affordable for families to ski together all winter long. Little ones love the experience of playing in the snow and warming up with hot cocoa in the lodge. These early experiences are the building blocks for lifetime skiers and snowboarders.
Youngsters don’t have the stamina of bigger kids, so ski areas are rolling out special offers for children — from discounted pricing to altogether free lift tickets — to provide families that extra bit of motivation to head to the mountains. These offers are in addition to already great Learn To Ski & Snowboard packages for adults and children. Take advantage of them now or plan ahead for next season!
Anthony Lakes Ski Area
At $35, adult lift tickets are already affordable at Anthony Lakes Ski Area in Eastern Oregon. This season they’ve made skiing and snowboarding even more affordable for new parents with the introduction of the Parent Swap Lift Ticket. This $40-per-day lift ticket can be shared by parents of children not of skiing age. So one parent wrangles the kiddos in the lodge while the other skis, then you swap out. In addition, children ages 6 and under ski free at Anthony Lakes, no catch.
Anthony Lakes also has a long-standing 5th & 6th Grade Sundays program, a free program to get kids skiing. All registered 5th and 6th graders receive free rental gear, a free lift ticket and a (mandatory) lesson on Sundays for eight consecutive weeks. Full details are online at Anthony Lakes.
Mt. Bachelor Ski Area
Mt. Bachelor offers free lift tickets to kids 12 and under for the same number of days as their parents with the advanced purchase of a 3-or-more day adult lift ticket. This offer includes one free kid’s ticket per paid parent. There are no blackout dates, so this deal is even valid for spring break, but you must purchase the package tickets at least four days in advance. The resort also offers free lift tickets to children ages 5 and under.
Mt. Bachelor also offers free lift rides on the Carrousel Chair at Sunrise Lodge accessing low angle beginner terrain. This offer is valid for all ages whenever the lift is open — usually on weekends. Customers can get a free ticket from Sunrise Lodge before loading the lift.
More Kids Ski Deals
There are plenty of additional deals and discounts for kids. On Mt. Hood, Mt. Hood Skibowl offers free skiing for kids 6 and under from open to close, including night skiing. Summit Ski Area in Government Camp offers free lift tickets to kids 5 and under with a paid adult. Timberline Lodge & Ski Area offers free tickets for children 6 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. While children ages 6 and under can ski for only $12 bucks at Mt. Hood Meadows. Further south, Hoodoo offers free skiing for kids 7 and under.