Ski resorts may be feeling the post-holiday blues, which is good news for you.
The weekends between New Year's and Martin Luther King weekend are typically slower for the resorts, so it's a good time take the family skiing and save a few bucks. In fact, if you can play hooky with the kids on Friday, Cranmore is celebrating ticket rollback day with $9 lift tickets.
Mount Sunapee is offering free tickets to kids ages 6-18 with each full-price ticket-buying parent Sunday thru Friday all month (except Jan. 15-17). They call it their "Family Values" promo.
At Mount Snow kids pay their age (6-18-year-olds) this Sunday.
All next week is "Children's Fest" at Sunday River and Sugarloaf where kids ages 4-12 ski free, stay free, and get free rentals and ski lessons when staying three or more nights with their paying parents. This family-oriented week at the River and The Loaf (immediately following college ski weeks, ironically) is packed with fun activities like face painting, fireworks, game nights and g-rated evening shows. Children's Fest is ideal if you have young kids just learning to turn who can skip school without punishment from the principal.
If your excuse is you need to stay home this weekend to take down the Christmas decorations, just toss the tree in the backyard, pray for snow, and go.
For more skiing and riding deals happening this month, click here.
Photo by Greg Burke For more of Heather's family ski tips go to www.familyskitrips.com
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.