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 making 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 on lessons to altogether free lift tickets — providing families that extra bit of motivation to head to the mountains. Resorts are also making it easier for families to spend a day at the mountain with new parent swap lift tickets and season passes as well as discounted slopeside childcare offers. These deals are in addition to already great Learn To Ski & Snowboard packages for adults and children. Many of these offers require advanced purchase, so be sure to plan ahead!
Anthony Lakes Ski Area
At $40, adult lift tickets are already affordable at Anthony Lakes Ski Area in Eastern Oregon. Last season the resort made skiing and snowboarding even more affordable for new parents with the introduction of the Parent Swap Lift Ticket. This $45-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.
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 three-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 during holidays, but you must purchase the package tickets during the promotional period from November 25, 2019 through December 15, 2019. The resort also offers free lift tickets to children 5 and under, visitors can pick up a free child ticket at any open ticket window.
Mt. Bachelor has expanded the learning terrain in the Sunrise Lodge base area for the 2019-20 season with the addition of one new chairlift in addition to the existing Carrousel chair, plus two covered conveyor carpets. New this year, the resort is offering free public access for beginners on the new 70-foot covered carpet conveyor lift open seven days a week. This surface lift will access the new Woodward Mountain “Start Park” learning zone for first-timers. Customers can get a free ticket from Sunrise Lodge before loading the carpet.
Mt. Bachelor offers state-licensed childcare for children aged 6 weeks to 10 years old. The resort is offering a discounted Any 5 Childcare pass package featuring five days of childcare for the price of four days. The resort also offers a discounted Any 3 Signature Start package, which combines a two-hour small group kids lesson with a half day of daycare.
Mt. Hood Meadows
Meadows offers daily Kidski and Kidsride lesson experiences for ages 3 to 6 and more advanced options for ages 7 to 12. With Meadows new dynamic ticketing and lesson, a kids’ two-hour lesson can be purchased for as little as $59 with a lift ticket added on for just $12 and equipment rentals for $20. These packages must be purchased in advance online. As always, children ages 6 & under can ski for only $12 bucks.Little ones are also welcome at Mt. Hood Meadows state-certified day care for infants to age six with some very special midweek packages. All day daycare, plus a seven-hour ticket for an adult is just $129, add a spouse ticket for just $50.
The resort is also offering families the perfect beginner experience with the Toyota Learn to Ski and Ride nights on Saturday evenings. The beginner package includes a two-hour group lesson, beginner lift ticket and equipment rentals for $40 each for age 7 and older (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult). These special nights are offered January 25, 2020; February 1, 8, 22, 29 and March 7, 2020. This is a special package that must be purchased online in advance as there is limited availability.
Timberline Lodge & Summit Ski Area
If you have kids who are too young to ski, but still want to get on the mountain this winter Timberline Lodge has the new Parenthood Pass.This transferable season pass allows parents to alternate throughout the day or the season between skiing and watching the kids in the lodge or at home. The pass is transferable between two parents and starts at $559 if purchased before November 3, 2019. This pass also includes unlimited access to Summit Ski Area in Government Camp, plus a 25-percent discount on an additional day ticket for the parent not using pass (if you both want to ski together on the same day), a 25-percent discount on Bruno’s-only lift tickets for children (including access to Summit Ski Area), and a 10-percent discount on all Ski & Ride School Services.
Timberline also offers the all ages Discover Pass, made for ski and snowboarding beginners for $159. This pass includes unlimited Bruno’s Chair access at Timberline, unlimited access to Summit Ski Area, and unlimited beginner rentals for the 2019/2020 season. As always, Timberline Lodge & Ski Areaoffers free tickets for children 6 & Under with the purchase of an adult ticket.Summit Ski Area in Government Camp also offers free lift tickets to kids 5 & under with a paid adult.
More Kids Ski Deals
There are plenty of other deals and discounts for kids. On Mt. Hood, Mt. Hood Skibowl offers free skiing for kids 6 & under from open to close, including night skiing. Further south, Hoodoo offers free skiing for kids 7 & under, the resort also offers daycare for ages 18 months to 4 years Friday through Sunday by reservation only.
These discounts and offers make for great family savings at Oregon ski areas all winter long!