Are you starting to book your next ski adventure? We know that lift tickets, ski rentals, aprés ski cocktails and ski clothes can add up, so here are our favorite “freebies” from various ski mountains and resorts from Park City, Utah to Vail, Colorado. From a daily free champagne toast, complimentary signature chocolate chip cookies, hot cocoa cart, free lift tickets for kids 12 and under, please find below the top free offerings this winter ski season.
NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA RESORT | LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
tōst – Daily Bubbles on the Slopes: Northstar hosts tōst, a complimentary celebratory culinary tradition that redefines the art of the daily toast. Celebrating the mountains, Lake Tahoe and the tradition of toasting to friends and family, Northstar invites guests to raise their flutes and sip bubbles each day on East Ridge run at 2 p.m. Luxurious, whimsical and an ode to fun in the mountains, tōst is reflective of the authentic atmosphere of “California laid-back luxury” found only at Northstar.
S’more O’Clock: Perfectly timed for when ski school gets out, free s’mores descend upon the Village at Northstar on silver platters.
Kids Ski Free: No hoops to jump through. No blackout dates. Simply stay two nights and kids 12 and under ski and ride FREE. Lodging options to take advantage of this major offer include Keystone Lodge & Spa, River Run Condominiums, Ski Tip Lodge, and the Inn at Keystone which will debut and be reflagged as Hyatt Place Keystone, Colorado.
Kidtopia: Keystone provides the ultimate family adventure with their FREE daily Kidtopia activities including the World’s Largest Snow Fort, stargazing, build-your-own-snowman, snow tubing, face painting, arts and crafts, fireworks, scavenger hunts, winter movies in River Run Village and meet and greets with the Avy dogs. Families can also enjoy a sweet treat with chocolate tours with Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald. This free tour takes families behind the scenes in the kitchen and gives kids a chance to create something fun and unexpected with chocolate – from hamburgers to mountain animal whoop pies and even spaghetti and meatballs.
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort | Vail, Colorado
A favorite spot among locals and Vail visitors alike, The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort is offers an alpine chalet charm coupled with impeccable service located just steps from Gondola One and at the heart of the city’s dining and shopping scene. During the winter, The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort offers guests free s’mores, as well as hot cocoa and cookies.
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort | Vail, Colorado
The Arrabelle at Vail Square is a luxury resort hotel offering old world charm and the timeless elegance of Europe’s grand resorts, with the romance and world-class style of Vail’s alpine heritage. A popular offering during the winter is the complimentary hot cocoa cart that surprises guests on the sky bridge every afternoon complete with cookies and add-ons to the gourmet hot chocolates. Guests who arrive on a Friday afternoon will also be greeted with complimentary sweet treats from The Arrabelle’s pastry team and signature cocktails from the Tavern.
The Pines Lodge, A RockResort | Beaver Creek, Colorado
Located slopeside at Beaver Creek, The Pines Lodge offers a cozy ski-in/ski-out lodge that not only has access to some of the best skiing in Colorado, but is also immersed in the world-class shopping and entertainment of Beaver Creek. During the winter, the lodge offers signature Beaver Creek chocolate chip cookies in the lobby everyday at 3PM.
Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour
Unlock the secrets of the past and discover Park City’s rich mining, skiing and local history on the Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour. On this free, guided ski tour, guests will explore the mountain with an expert guide and uncover the historic mining buildings and hidden relics scattered across the resort. Learn how Park City Mountain evolved from a silver mining camp to an internationally recognized winter sports destination and hear the stories behind the authentic mining structures you see on the mountain. Plus, get insider’s advice from your guide that will help you plan out your day and find the best runs on the mountain. Tours are recommended for intermediate level skiers/riders and above and depart daily from the Park City Resort Base area at 10:00 am and at the Trail Map near the top of Bonanza lift at 1:00 pm. After the tour, guests receive a signature pin to commemorate your visit to Park City Mountain.
Meet & Greet with the Park City Avalanche Dogs
A crowd favorite is the Meet & Greet with Park City’s avalanche dogs. Each Friday and Saturday throughout the winter, Park City’s furry four legged employees showcase their skills and knowledge that help our ski patrol with avalanche mitigation and safety tasks. The only thing these avalanche dogs love more than working on the mountain is playing on the mountain!
Every Saturday and Sunday, everyone is invited to join us for free s’mores in the Park City resort plaza! The ingredients are supplied along with a toasty fire, while you and your family supply the messy, marshmallow-covered smiles.
Kids Après Ski Activities
Park City Base Area and Canyons Village host a variety of activities for the youngest guests. Après activities include crafts, games, and seasonal events.
WHERE TO STAY: Grand Summit Hotel, A RockResort: The ski-in/ski-out Grand Summit Hotel in Park City, Utah recently completed $15 million renovation which overhauled all 212 suites, the lobby, conference and meeting spaces, café and spa. As part of the renovation, the hotel also joined Vail Resorts’ RockResorts portfolio — a collection of premium properties, lavish RockResorts Spas and distinctive dining options in iconic mountain locations – to become reflagged and rebranded as Grand Summit Hotel, A RockResort. With an unrivaled location just steps from the Orange Bubble Express and Red Pine Gondola, Grand Summit Hotel, A RockResort provides an elevated mountain luxury with right-out-your-door access to the largest ski resort in the United States.
This winter, Breckenridge will continue its complimentary yoga offerings at 9600 feet along with the addition of aprés wellness offerings post-class. The 60-minute classes will be available exclusively for guests staying at One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge, The Village at Breckenridge, Crystal Peak Lodge and Mountain Thunder Lodge.
Ski With a Ranger: An opportunity for the United States Forest Service, Friends of Dillon Ranger District, and Breckenridge Ski Resort to partner and provide guided interpretive tours for the purpose of highlighting the resources of the National Forest and the resort’s environmental commitments.
Volunteer Rangers guide a one hour complimentary ski or snowboard tour down an intermediate trail on Peak 7 at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Participants meet at the top of the Independence SuperChair at 11:00 a.m. on Fridays (look for a sign indicating the meeting place). The Ski With a Ranger tour is free to participants, but a lift ticket and at least intermediate skiing or snowboarding ability are required. Each tour follows the naturalist guide through several planned stops on the mountain to learn about topics of interest, including:
- Local Wildlife
- Lifecycle of the Mountain Pine Beetle
- Tree Types and Identification
- Avalanche Awareness
- Local History
- Resort Environmental Programs
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