Monday, November 23, 2009

Free fun at Colorado Resorts

Skiing/snowboarding may be relatively expensive, but there are ways to soften the blow once you're at the resort. For example, free mountain tours are offered at nearly every major resort in Colorado. Here are some more examples of free fun:

First Tracks is a free amenity that gets you on the slopes before the masses. Reserve a spot by calling 970-923-056 at Snowmass or 970-925-1220 x3543 at Aspen. Grab a free morning cup 'o joe at the base of the mountains and hot cider at the top of the lifts. Snowsports Events like X Games or Word Cup races are free to spectators as are Concerts in the once-a-month Bud Light series.

Copper Mountain
Snowcat rides are free for skiing/riding on Tucker Mountain from 10-1:30 on certain days. Snowshoe tours are free and use of Redfeather Snowshoes and poles is also complimentary. Ice Skating with your own skates is free on West Lake rink, or you can join in curling and a game of broomball.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate at the base area on weekends and holidays.

Echo Mountain
Lift tickets for kids 5 and younger are free when an adult buys a ticket and for all seniors 75 and older. Plus, Colorado Gem cardholders can get a free lift ticket between Dec. 2-18, 2009 or April 1-16, 2010.

Snowshoeing and X-Country Skiing at the Nordic Center are free to season pass holders. Kids who need a break can warm up, rest and hang out with a movie at the Children's Center at no charge.

Helmets are provided for all kids in lessons. Lift tickets are free to kids 5 and younger, and all beginners who buy a 3-Class pass for lessons will get a free season pass.

Lift tickets are free to kids 6 and younger and seniors 69 and older. Colorado Gems cardholders get one free day in April.

Earn you turns by boot-packing the snow ala 1950s. Show up on any of the four scheduled days with a beacon, shovel and probe and earn a free day for each day you work.

Ski Cooper
One free lift ticket on weekdays during March for Colorado Gems cardholders.

When booking through Central Reservations you can get: Free lift tickets when booking early season (11/25-12/18) and late season (4/4-11) packages; a free airline ticket for kids 12 and younger for each adult ticket purchased; one free lift ticket for kids 12 and younger for each regular-priced five-or-more-day adult lift ticket; and one free rental for kids 12 and younger for each five-day adult rental.


There's plenty of free cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and sledding in and around the town.

Vail Resorts (Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail)
These resorts will give you free equipment rentals with the purchase of lodging.

Wolf Creek
Free racing, equipment storage and online carpooling service are offered to all skiers and riders.