Snow has fallen in the Colorado Rockies, and the ski and snowboarding season is under way. Deals and programs to tempt families to the slopes are plentiful. Here are five:
1. Kids fly and stay free.
For every adult fare purchased, one child will fly free on American Airlines into Eagle-Vail Airport. The deal is good for travel Dec. 1-17 and Jan. 3 through Feb. 10. No blackout dates apply. Kids also ski free and receive free round-trip transportation provided by Colorado Mountain Express between Eagle Airport and Vail or Beaver Creek when traveling with a paying adult.
Contact: For air and lodging reservations, 1-866-668-8245; www.flyvail.com. Also, www.vail.com and www.beavercreek.com
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Take advantage of more than 30 free events throughout winter, including six outdoor concerts hosting acts such as Blues Traveler and De La Soul as well as dozens of on-mountain competitions. The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center at the base of Snowmass is the first of its kind in the snow sports industry. It offers teen activities, cooking nights, movie nights, a kid-specific retail shop and themed rooms for kids 8 weeks and older. Storytelling by the campfire in Snowmass entertains kids and adults alike on weekdays. Family snowcat rides are available in the evenings, complete with singalongs and a barbecue dinner at the Burlingame Cabin.
Contact: 1-800-308-6935; www.aspensnowmass.com
3. Copper Mountain.
Copper offers a Kids' Night Out for children 8 weeks to 12 years old. Kids enjoy a night of crafts, movies, games, interactive games and pizza while parents use their free evening to relax or enjoy the resort's night life. Kids' Night Out is a free child-care service offered to parents if $30 per child is spent in any commercial outlet at the resort during the hours that children are in the program. The Kids in the Kitchen cooking classes are also popular.
Contact: 1-866-841-2481; www.coppercolorado.com
4. Crested Butte.
New this season, the Crested Butte Mountain Resort is introducing a base-area Adventure Park, complete with year-round ice skating and a three-lane, lift-served tubing hill. A Kids' Night Out program is offered as part of the new Camp CB program. The camp's instructors lead children ages 4 to 12 in a night of Adventure Park activities, including ice-skating and tubing with movies and pizza.
Contact: 1-800-810-7669; www.skicb.com
5. Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort.
In addition to a great day on the slopes, families will enjoy the new outdoor pool and spa with a water slide, family game room and private dining room for families that stay in the Purgatory Lodge or buy a Durango Mountain Club membership. Durango Mountain Resort also hosts concerts, movies and other family activities during the winter season.
Contact: 970-247-9000; www.durangomountainresort.com
Lynn O'Rourke Hayes is editor of FamilyTravel.com.