If you’re looking to ski or snowboard with your family, Vermont is the place to be this winter. With as much as 25 feet of annual snowfall and state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming equipment, Vermont ski areas are ideal for family skiing and riding.
Many Vermont resorts offer a variety of lift ticket, lesson, and lodging deals to help you and your family get out on the slopes. Here’s a round-up of the best family ski deals and packages to help you plan your winter getaway in the mountains of Vermont.
Best Family Ski Deals in Vermont
Ski or snowboard lessons for kids ages 5-12 is offered through the Kidsrule 6-Pack & Pass. Bromley combines specially designed learning environments, trained and tested teachers, and proven teaching methods to unlock the magic of ski and snowboard instruction. Learn more.
For families with kids ages 13 and up who are new to skiing and snowboarding, try the Beginner Ski & Snowboard Package. The package includes user-friendly short shaped skis or a Burton LTR snowboard, boots, helmet, a lower mountain lift ticket, and a lesson taught by a special program instructor. Learn more.
Bromley’s Sun Mountain Club is a frequent skier program for individuals who might ski or ride at Bromley more than once this season. For the same price as a lift ticket purchased at the window, club membership includes savings of $20 off non-holiday/non-peak and $10 off holiday/peak lift tickets for the entire season. Membership also includes one free non-peak lift ticket with every purchase. Learn more.
In the Northeast Kingdom, Burke Mountain’s NEK Sunday Half-Day Tickets cost $28 per person. Any skier or rider can purchase a half-day ticket to Burke Mountain starting at 12:15 p.m. for just $28 per person. This is a perfect opportunity for younger families who may not want to spend the entire day on the slopes. Learn more.
In March, kids can ski free at Burke when you book two or more nights in the Burke Mountain Hotel. March brings some of the best skiing and riding on the slopes of Burke Mountain with significant late winter snowfall and typically 100% open terrain. This is a perfect way to bring the whole family for a weekend getaway. Learn more.
At Killington, the Youth Bring a Friend package means you can book a learn to ski or ride package for a friend (first time skiing or snowboarding) ages 7-15 and receive a free all-ages lift ticket valid for the same day. The person taking the lesson must be a first-time skier or snowboarder and their package includes a limited area lift ticket, equipment rental, and lesson. The resort also offers an Adult Bring a Friend option for ages 16 and up. Learn more.
The resort’s First Timer package offers a full-day Morse Mountain lift ticket, two-hour beginner lesson, and ski or snowboard rental equipment with a helmet for $109 per day. For Vermonters, the rate is only $69 per day and Vermonters can also purchase a Learner’s Permit package, bundling lesson, equipment, and helmet for three visits for $139. Those who complete all three lessons will receive a free Bash Badge for the remainder of the season. Learn more.
Stratton’s Long Winter Weekends mean you can stay a third night and save. Book Friday and Saturday nights and get Thursday or Sunday night at 60% off all season long. This package, offered in select Stratton properties, is based on availability with some restrictions and blackout dates in effect. Learn more.
From now through December 20, the Private Lesson Breakthrough Lesson at Sugarbush Resort costs $350, which is 47% off the resort’s weekend rate. Private lessons are transferable, so you can share them with friends and family. You must purchase 24 hours in advance of lesson. Learn more.
As part of the national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January, skiers and riders ages 7 and up can book a package for $49 that includes a beginner area lift ticket, lesson, and rentals. The deal excludes the following holiday periods between Jan 1-4 and Jan 18-20. Learn more.
Bonus Savings Tip: Buy Tickets Online
Another easy way to save on lift tickets is to buy online. Many ski areas, including Bolton Valley, Bromley, Mount Snow, Sugarbush, Killington, Jay Peak, Stowe, and Stratton, allow you to purchase lift tickets online to access big discounts. The earlier you book, the greater the savings as online ticket rates increase daily as your visit gets closer.
Happy skiing and riding!
Erica Houskeeper is a writer and communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience. She grew up in Manchester, Vermont, and started skiing at age 4 at Bromley Mountain. She also spent her childhood skiing at Stratton, Magic, and the former Snow Valley ski area. After working as a journalist in Vermont, Erica later became director of communications for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. In 2009, she launched www.happyvermont.com, a Vermont travel blog that explores the places and people of the Green Mountain State. Her blog has hundreds of subscribers and a loyal following. She currently works as writer and photographer, and lives in Burlington with her husband and young daughter.