Kids ski free or fly free, really? Yes, really.
As our economy creeps away from sluggish mode many destinations and resorts are offering extra travel benefits including deals for families. I have my snowy favorites which offer real family vacation benefits – some are time sensitive, some not so much. Plan early, be flexible, and savings can be matched with fun.
Snow, snow, snow. In the last decade, Whistler Blackcomb has received an average of 11.9 metres (39.1 feet) of snow per year. The complex is not just snowy chic but also family friendly offering kids’ programs, kids’ centers, and kids’ adventure zones plus family events and activities. While there are often specials and discounts for midweek stays booking early saves more. Here’s the deal: Generally kids 12 and younger stay, ski and rent for free with five-night vacation packages. Wait for it! Look for additional savings with early bookings ( by 11.15.2012) meaning up to 33% on equipment rental, discounted lift tickets, savings on Snow School, 10% savings on activities and a $20 gas card with a car rental. Receive a free child lift ticket for every 3-day adult lift ticket purchased; take advantage of free rental equipment all season with every adult rental package purchased. (www.whistlerblackcomb.com/)
Ski free in West Virginia. Once again this season the Resort at Glade Springs in Southern West Virginia is offering guests free lift tickets for Winterplace. Now it is true this spot is for families who enjoy back to basics family fun. I like the area for just those reasons. It is uncomplicated destination which is affordable and easy paced with oodles of options for families who want an active family vacation. In addition to hiking and cavern adventures add skiing, boarding, and tubing to the list. Wait for it! Winterplace is the home to the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia and that fact alone should make you want to pack the kids in the van and escape. Here’s the deal: Resort at Glade Springs offers guests free lift tickets for each night’s stay with complimentary daily shuttle to and from Winterplace plus oodles of resort benefits. (Toll-free 1-888-477-3424 or www.gladesprings.com)
Checkout more family ski deals and winter family vacation ideas in Snowplaces at the Files.