Utah Resorts Entice Kids, Newbies To Come Back With Ticket, Lesson Deals
All across ski nation, winter mountain resorts are devising ways to grow the sport by keeping kids and beginners coming back to the slopes. Utah is no exception.
The nationwide Passport Program applies in the Beehive State as well, with fifth- and sixth-graders getting free tickets at all 15 Utah resorts. A number of individual resorts have come up with their own concepts to attract young skiers and snowboarders up into the mountains.
Solitude runs its Fly Like An Eagle program for skiers six to 13 and snowboarders eight to 13. Matched with youngsters of similar abilities, they learn in all-day lessons (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a lunch) on Saturdays and Sundays through the first weekend of February.
More skilled young-uns may want to join the Big Mountain team that goes off-piste, into moguls, steeps and trees, and promotes mountain awareness and big-mountain race training. The team is open to eight to 16 year olds on weekends all season.
Here’s a look at other kid-related programs in Utah:
At Brighton, not one but two children 10 years and younger get to ski or ride for free when an adult pays for a ticket. Same at Powder Mountain, where Tuesday brings six tickets for $60.
Once again, Alta charges a mere $10 for beginners of all ages to ski from 3 to 4 p.m. every day on the green-rated slopes off Sunnyside, Albion and Cecret chairs.
Brian Head opens its “university program” to first-timers who get a guarantee that they will be sliding down the hill after three lessons or get a full refund.
At Snowbasin, youngsters who finish the three-lesson Learn and Earn program get a free pass for the rest of the season.
And with Park City joining the Vail Resort family, the SchoolKids program comes to Utah with five days free at Park City Mountain for kids kindergarten through fifth grade – plus a free lesson in January.
Photos: Right -- Kids ski free at Brighton when an adult buys a ticket (Brighton/Facebook: Solitude want kids to come back (Solitude/Facebook)