17 Colorado Ski Areas with Free Offers


Loveland Ski Area offers free Ridge Cat skiing with the purchase of a lift ticket or season pass. Courtesy Dustin Schaefer

If you’re like us, the holidays have made you a bit wearing of spending money. Luckily, 17 ski areas in Colorado have plenty of free offerings. Here’s the lowdown—in case you’re still trying to hold on to that New Year’s resolution to never spend another dime!

Arapahoe Basin
What: Free demo days
Why: Enjoy free demos brought to you by local ski and snowboard companies on designated days.

Aspen Snowmass
What: Free First Tracks program
Why: Sign up for First Tracks on Aspen Mountain or Snowmass to gain early access to the mountain completely free. Spots are limited, so sign up the night before.

Copper Mountain
What: Free electric vehicle charging stations
Why: Those who own an electric vehicle can charge for free at one of two EV charging stations in Copper’s Beeler parking lot in Center Village. Book your reservation in advance.

What: 2fer Tuesdays
Why: Buy one ticket at $52 and get a second ticket free every Tuesday at Cooper during January and February.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
What: Free lift tickets for Alaska Airlines passengers
Why: Get a free lift ticket by flying into Crested Butte from Los Angeles on Alaska Airlines anytime before March 25, 2017. In addition, Crested Butte offers children ages 12 and younger free skiing from April 1 to April 9, 2017.

Granby Ranch Ski Area
What: Free fireside music
Why: Granby Ranch hosts live fireside acoustics every Thursday and Saturday evening. Stop by the 8350 Bar and Bistro on Thursdays and the Granby Ranch Grill on Saturdays to enjoy local musicians and lively libations.

Hesperus Ski Area
What: Free lessons for “never evers”
Why: Hesperus Ski Area offers first-time skiers and snowboarders three free lessons with the purchase of one full-day, full-price lift ticket at $39.

Howelson Hill
What: Free ski days
Why: Ski for free on designated days at Howelson Hill–not to mention the free ski jumping clinic taught by coaches from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Loveland Ski Area
What: Free Ridge Cat Skiing
Why: Buy a Loveland lift ticket or season pass and receive free access to the Ridge Cat, which transports you to some of the most coveted ski areas in Colorado–Field of Dreams, Velvet Hammer, Tickler, Marmot and Golden Bear.

What: Free parking and uphill access
Why: Free overnight camping in the parking lot is available to anyone brave enough to endure the chilly Powderhorn nights. Enjoy free uphill access the following morning.

Purgatory Resort
What: Kids ski free
Why: Little riders ages 3 to 6 can snowboard for free at Burton Riglet Park on select dates in January, February and March–equipment included.

What: Free Sunday skiing
Why: Through January 23, 2017, book a Thursday-Saturday package and receive Sunday free.

What: Free night skiing
Why: Steamboat offers free night skiing to guests on their day of arrival into Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN).

Sunlight Mountain Resort
What: Free pair of skis with the purchase of the Sunny 700
Why: Receive a free pair of limited edition Sunlight 50th anniversary skis and a day pass to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs with the purchase of a Sunny 700, the lift ticket celebrating Sunlight’s 50th anniversary.

Telluride Ski Resort
What: Complimentary mountain tours
Why: Take a 2 ½-hour ski tour to get the lowdown on the famed mountain’s ins-and-outs.

Winter Park Resort
What: Free kids activities in Winter Park Village
Why: After the lifts close, enjoy free ice skating, broomball and campfire sing-a-longs on Wednesdays in Winter Park Village–don’t forget about the free hot apple cider.

Wolf Creek Ski Area
What: Free Horseshoe Bowl Snowcat shuttle
Why: Reach expert terrain and backcountry powder that can only be accessed via snowcat.


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