Colorado Family Ski Guide 2018/19
posted by: Amber Johnson
Mile High Mamas is a top resource for planning Colorado family ski/ride vacations. A few years ago, we launched the Colorado Family Ski Guide that focuses exclusively on families–from daily lift ticket prices to the cost of childcare to where to get the best deals. But we’ve taken it one step further! Click the hyperlink for each resort name below for more in-depth details including additional deals, at what ages kids ski free, lessons, family-friendly activities, area attractions for playtime off the slopes and more.
This is just the basic information you’ll need to get started. To give you a true taste of Colorado’s winter, follow our adventures as we visit area resorts this season in our ski section and look for the button below for our fun insider tips and informative narratives.
Colorado Family Ski Directory 2018/19
|Arapahoe Basin Ski Area||$105||$85 (ages 15-18) $49 (ages 6-14); Kids 5 and under ski free every day.||No.||Kids class lessons start at $140 for half-day, $165 for full-day. Available for kids of all ability levels, age 3 and up.||Arapahoebasin.com. Check out their Snowsports and hot deals pages.|
|Aspen Highlands||$159||$106; kids 6 and under ski free||No on-site childcare||Ski and ride school for children ages 5-6 and 7-12. Rates start at $230.||aspensnowmass.com; Kids Ski Free program for kids ages 7-12. Details: (800) 290-1326
|Aspen Mountain||$159||$106; kids 6 and under ski free||No on-site childcare||Private children’s ski and snowboard lessons offered on Aspen Mountain. Rates start at $615 for a half-day.||aspensnowmass.com;
Kids Ski Free program for kids ages 7-12. Details: (800) 290-1326
|Beaver Creek Resort||$161*||$111*||Half-day $125; full-day $163 (2018 prices; 2019 not yet released)||Starts at $229+||beavercreek.com|
|Breckenridge Ski Area||$147*||$96||On-site childcare starts at $128. (2018 prices; 2019 not yet released)||Starting at $199.*||breckenridge.com|
|Buttermilk||$159*||$106; kids 6 and under ski free||No on-site childcare||Starting at $230||aspensnowmass.com; Kids Ski Free program for kids ages 7-12. Details: (800) 290-1326|
|Crested Butte Mountain Resort||$102||Kids 6 and under ski free, Child (7-12): $59||There is a nursery for 2 months to 3 years old. Full-day starts at $135.||Group lesson with lunch starts at $170.||skicb.com deals. Kids ski free Nov. 22-Dec. 13|
|Cooper | Chicago Ridge
|$58||$35; kids 5 and under ski free||Childcare $15/hr; $49 for half-day; $89 for full-day||Child (5-12) all-day Panda Patrol group lessons start at $129||Deals offered at local rental shops, lodges, and grocery stores. Best deals are at skicooper.com.|
|Copper Mountain Resort||$107*||Starting at $82. Children 5 and under ski/ride for free.||Belly Button Babies & Bakery for daily childcare. Kid’s Night Out is a FREE 3-hour childcare on the condition parents spend at least $30 at the resort.||Starting at $239. Pre-purchase most lessons online and save 20%!||Purchase your tickets at CopperColorado.com and save up to 53% on window prices. You’ll also find lodging steals and vacation packages.|
|Eldora Mountain Resort||TBD||TBD||No on-site child care||Group lesson starts at TBD||Eldora.com|
|$121*||Starting around $70.*||Starts at $125 for full day||Pricing starts at $189||Keystoneresort.com|
|Loveland Ski Area||$65||$31 – peak child (6-14) rate. Children 5 & under are free||Full day with lunch and two snacks is $80. Half day (morning only) with one snack is $65. Hourly rate is $20/hour.||Full day lesson with lunch and lift ticket is $129.||skiloveland.com;
lovelandreservations.com; liftopia.com. Any child (4-14) that completes three full lesson packages is eligible for a FREE season pass.
|Monarch Mountain||$89||Teen (13-15) $59, Junior (7-12) $43, Children under 6, Free||The Children’s Center Rates: $50 half-day; $90 all-day||Group ski lessons: $149||Monarch ski packages with lodging participants. skimonarch.com
|Powderhorn Mountain Resort||$71||Youth (13-17) $60; Junior (7-12) $35; Child (6 & Under) $18
(prices not yet updated for 2018/19)
|No on-site childcare||Children’s Learning Center starts at age 3.
Group lessons start at ages 5-7, with prices starting at $78 for a half-day lesson.
|Purgatory Resort||$89||Teen (13-17) $70; Child (6-12) $60; Children 7 & under FREE||Cost: Half-day $70; full-day $93||Half-day lessons $49 (lesson only)
Full Day Packages 6-12 year olds $89 (lesson, lift ticket, rentals (including helmet) & lunch)
|Purgatory Resort’s website features deals on lodging packages that include discounts on lift tickets. PurgatoryResort.com|
|Ski Granby Ranch||$78||$44. Kids 5 and under ski free||No on-site childcare.||Starting at $189.||GranbyRanch.com|
|Snowmass||$159||$106||The Treehouse Kids Adventure Center. Rates start at $174.||Offered for kids ages 2-4, 5-6 and 7-12. Rates start at $230 for full day.||aspensnowmass.com; Kids Ski Free program for kids ages 7-12. Details: (800) 290-1326|
|Steamboat Ski Area||$149*||Child (ages 5-12): $99*.||Kids’ Vacation Center full-day $145.||Kids’ Vacation Center lessons start at age 3. Prices start at $179 with advanced online purchase.||www.steamboat.com or call 800-922-2722|
|Sunlight Mountain Resort
|$65||$45; 5 and under ski free||Childcare is $100 full day; $55 half-day; $25/hourly.||Regular ski school: 2 hour lesson, lift, rentals is $105.||Kids 12 and under ski free. Affordable Ski, Swim Stay Packages with Glenwood Hot Springs.|
|Telluride Ski Resort||$139*||$83* (ages 6-12); Kids 5 and under ski free||For infants and toddlers, half day is $110 and a full day is $150.||Ski/Ride school starts at $215 for a lesson, lift ticket and lunch for ages 3 to 14.||tellurideskiresort.com|
|Vail||$161||$111. Kids ages 4 and under ski free.||Small World Nursery offers daycare for children 2 months-6 years starting at $158.||The Vail Ski & Snowboard School lessons start at $232.||Visit Vail.com and purchase tickets 7 days in advance for best prices.|
|Winter Park Resort||$134||Approx. $94. Kids 4 and under ski free.||Childcare for kids 2 months to 6 years. Full-day: $134 when you pre-book.||Full day lessons for kids (ages 3-14), including lunch, are $179.||Call Winter Park Central Reservations for latest deals and special promos. 800-729-7907. winterparkresort.com|
|Wolf Creek Ski Area||$72||$37. Kids 5 and under $6||No||Starting at $85 for full day (4 hours)||Visit wolfcreekski.com.|
*Note: Information and prices are subject to change and most resorts offer discounted rates if you purchase online seven days in advance. Many resorts do not publish a set lift ticket price. When compiling our list, we used the date January 12, 2019 as our base to compare prices.
Featured image: Loveland Ski Area, Dustin Schaefer