The 15 Best Resorts For Senior Skiing Nationwide

They say after 50 it’s all downhill…sounds good to us!


Snow conditions for the 2017-2018 ski season are reaching their mid-late winter optimums, and plenty of skiers are expected to hit the slopes over President’s Day weekend and late-March spring break. Among them are an estimated 1.25 million people over 55 that ski and board in the US, according to, the free online magazine for snow sports enthusiasts aged 50+. publishes an annual, ever-growing list of resorts that are distinguished as being “Senior Friendly” for their proactive efforts to meet the needs of older skiers.



Special deals are aplenty, from free lift tickets and discounted rentals and lessons to resort-sponsored clubs and lodge accessibility. We have selected the best 15 representatives across the East, Midwest, West/Northwest, and Canada. The list is comprised of a mix of smaller local and larger destination mountains. Changing weather and economic conditions influence ski area operations, so it’s always best to visit their respective websites to confirm current free skiing and discount policies before heading to the hills.


We salute the following resorts for setting an example for the ski industry and for making seniors feel welcome:



Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire


Amenities: Silver Streaks ski club: clinics, races, social events

Discounts: 30% discount (65-79), $25 season pass (80+)


Sugarbush Resort, Warren, Vermont


Discounts: $199 midweek season (65+); free skiing (90+)


Cataloochee, Maggie Valley, North Carolina


Discounts: Free skiing (65+)




Crystal Mountain, Traverse City, Michigan


Amenities: “Retired Not Tired” program: provides local retirees opportunity to return to skiing; actively enjoy winter in the company of peers

Discounts: 42% discounts for midweek season passes (56+), $29 season pass (80+)


Mt. Zion Ski Hill, Ironwood, Michigan


Amenities: Ski school clinics, curbside assistance, close-to-lodge parking, restaurant discounts

Discounts: Free skiing (62+), 20% discount (65-69)




Tahoe Donner, Truckee, California


Amenities: School clinics and discounts, midweek parties, close-to-lodge parking, clubs, awards banquets, equipment rental discounts

Discounts: Free skiing (70+), 45% discount (65-69)


Mt. Hood Skibowl, Government Camp, Oregon


Amenities: School clinics, midweek parties, clubs/activities, midweek motor coach transportation

Discounts: Free skiing (71+), 30% discount (65-70)


Purgatory Resort, Durango, Colorado


Amenities: School clinics, equipment carts for gear, midweek parties, curbside assistance, valet parking, close-to-lodge parking

Discounts: 30 percent off season pass (65 -79), free skiing (80+)


Snowbird, Snowbird, Utah


Amenities: 10% food discount for seniors in all dining facilities (including new Summit at Snowbird). Ask the cashier

Discounts: Generous season pass discount


Sundance Mountain Resort, Sundance, Utah


Discounts: Sundance Senior Ski Group (free for 65+); lift ticket ($15), season pass ($125). Includes all skiing, x-c ski/snowshoe trail facilities, use of lift in summer months. Coaching available on select dates throughout season


Alta Ski Area, Alta, Utah


Discounts: Free skiing (80+)


Hogadon Ski Area, Casper, Wyoming


Amenities: School clinics, equipment carts for gear, clubs and activities

Discounts: 25% discount (65+), free skiing (70+)


Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana


Discounts: Free skiing (70+)




Lake Louise Ski Resort, Lake Louise, Alberta


Discounts: $20 season pass (80+)


Whitewater Ski Resort, Nelson, British Columbia


Discounts: Free skiing (75+)

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