Photo Credit: Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas are known for their world class snow, skiing and snowboarding and overall guest experience, but many guests, including ski area veterans, may not realize there are many free offerings throughout ski country to enjoy.
Below are some of the free opportunities that CSCUSA members have to offer:
Wolf Creek Ski Area
Free Horseshoe Bowl Snowcat to Reach Expert Terrain
To help guests take advantage of powder that can usually only be reached by hiking, Wolf Creek offers a Snowcat shuttle. The Horseshoe Bowl Snowcat Shuttle picks up skiers and riders at the Dog Chutes and takes them to the Horseshoe Bowl. The snowcat shuttle usually runs after storm cycles and on busy holiday weekends with operating hours announced on https://wolfcreekski.com/.
Winter Park Resort
Free Kids Activities in the Winter Park Village
After the lifts close, Winter Park’s Village comes alive with a number of family-friendly activities that are completely free including ice skating, broomball and Campfire Sing-a-longs complete with free hot apple cider on Wednesdays. For adults looking for a little bliss, Winter Park hosts free yoga at The Hill House every Sunday from 7:45 am to 8:45 am. For more information visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Telluride Ski Resort
Complimentary Mountain Tours
Telluride Ski Resort offers guests the chance to experience a complimentary mountain tour led by a resort host. The tour departs daily at 10 am from the top of the Coonskin Lift (Lift 7) and lasts for approximately 2.5 hours. Intermediate skiing ability required. Visit http://www.tellurideskiresort.com/ for more information.
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Free Pair of Skis with the Purchase of the Sunny 700
Guests to Sunlight Mountain Resort can 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 the of a Sunny 700, a day lift ticket celebrating Sunlight’s 50th anniversary. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.
Free Night Skiing
Steamboat offers free night skiing to guests on their day of arrival into Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN). Just show your boarding pass at the ticket window. Boarding passes for Tuesday or Wednesday arrivals are good for free night skiing on Thursday night. For more information visit https://www.steamboat.com/.
Free Sunday Skiing
Until Sunday, January 23, guests who book a Thursday-Saturday package receive Sunday free. Availability is limited so book the Thursday-Saturday package online and then call to receive Sunday free. Visit http://silvertonmountain.com/ for more details.
Free Lesson with a Lift Ticket
Purgatory is now offering a free lesson for first time skiers or snowboarders. When guests buy a full-day, full-price lift ticket, they can receive a free two-hour group lesson. Visit https://www.purgatoryresort.com/ for more information.
Free Parking and Uphill Access
Powderhorn offers free overnight camping in its parking lot to anyone willing to brave a night of chilly temperatures. The next morning anyone looking to earn their turns can enjoy free uphill access. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.
Loveland Ski Area
Free Ridge Cat Skiing
Loveland allows skiers free access to some of the most exhilarating terrain on Loveland’s 18 passenger Ridge Cat. The Ridge Cat provides access to Field of Dreams, Velvet Hammer, Tickler, Marmot and Golden Bear when conditions permit. In addition to a valid lift ticket or season pass, a free Ridge Cat Pass is required for all users and can be picked up at the Loveland Basin Ticket Office at no cost. Visit http://skiloveland.com/the-mountain/the-ridge-cat/ for all the details.
Ski Free Sundays
Howelson Hill hosts Ski Free Sundays throughout the season. Guests need only stop into the lodge to pick up a free ticket, which is required to access the lifts and the Nordic trails (cross-country, fat bike and snowshoe) on these special ski free days. Visit www.steamboatsprings.net/ski for more information.
Hesperus Ski Area
Free Lessons for Never Evers
Hesperus Ski Area offers first-time skiers and snowboarders up to three free lessons with the purchase of one full-day, full-price lift ticket for $39. This offer is available every day during the season. For more information visit https://www.ski-hesperus.com/.
Kids Ski Free
Children age 5 and under can ski free every day at Echo Mountain. For more information visit www.echomountainresort.com.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Ski Free Stay Free
Guests can book three or more nights of lodging and three or more days of skiing and receive the fourth night of lodging and the fourth day of skiing free. Take advantage of this from January 2, 2018 to March 8, 2018. Visit http://www.skicb.com/ for more information.
2fer Tuesdays Through February
On Tuesdays in January and February, Cooper offers buy one get one free tickets. For just $52 two people can ski for the price of one on 2Fer Tuesdays through February 28. For more information visit http://skicooper.com/.
Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Guests 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. Reservations can be made in advance at http://www.chargepoint.com/. Additionally, anyone can stop by Patrol Headquarters or Timberline Patrol Station for a free cup of hot cocoa during National Safety Month in January. Visit http://www.coppercolorado.com/ for more information.
Free First Tracks Program
Any guest can sign up for First Tracks on Aspen Mountain or Snowmass to gain early access to the mountain completely free. Space is limited so guests must sign up the night before. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com.
Free Demos Days
During the season, Arapahoe Basin partners with local ski and snowboard companies to provide free demos to members of the public. Guests can sign up the day of in the base area. For a schedule of free demo days visit www.arapahoebasin.com/events.