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  SeniorsSkiing.com, the free online magazine for snow sports enthusiasts aged 50+.  SeniorsSkiing.com 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:

 

East

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+)

 

Midwest

 

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)

 

West/Northwest

 

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+)

 

Canada

 

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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