Are you ready to save some significant money on your children’s skiing and snowboarding this winter?
That’s a silly question, because as any skiing or snowboarding parent will tell you, we’re always looking for ways to save money.
And that’s why if you’ve got kids ages 14 and under, you should take a close look at Christy Kids Bundles.
What is a Christy Kids Bundle?
A Christy Kids Bundle is the smart combination of a rental ski or snowboard package and a junior season pass for one low price.
Here’s how it works.
First: Bring your kids into Christy Sports and purchase a season long ski or snowboard rental for them.
If you’re not familiar with season rentals, they are the easiest way to get high-quality ski or snowboard gear without purchasing it.
Season rentals are perfect for beginners who don’t have equipment, families with growing children (free exchanges if skis, boards or boots are outgrown!), and kids who aren’t sure if they want to ski or snowboard this winter (they can try both!).
Pick up the gear at the beginning of the season and return it at the end. Skip the long line at on-mountain rental shops and go straight to the lift.
Next: While you’re at Christy Sports, bundle the rental with a season pass.
Choose a season pass for your child at Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Loveland, Monarch or Winter Park.
Season passes offer big savings in money and convenience when compared to buying daily lift tickets.
Season passes also make it easier for families to commit to more ski days. The tickets are already paid for, so each time your child skis or rides, the unit price goes down!
Plus, if your family only wants to ski a half day or just a few hours, you’re not out any extra money.
Pricing varies by resort, as do age restrictions.
Arapahoe Basin: $199, ages 6-14.
Copper Mountain: $299, ages 6-12.
Loveland: $185, ages 6-14.
Monarch: $199, ages 7-12.
Winter Park, $309, ages 6-12.
If your children don’t own ski or snowboard equipment, purchasing a Christy Kids Bundle is an easy decision.
Picking a mountain for the season pass, well, that’s a bit harder.
Where you live, the ages of your kids and the price you want to pay come into play.
Beyond that, here are some things to ponder.
Arapahoe Basin: A-Basin offers a play area for parents, babies and toddlers in their main lodge, making it easy for parents with skiing and non-skiing kids to tag team. Kids 5 and under ski free at A Basin, while kids ages 6-12 can get a Kids Free 2 Ski Pass with two free days and a half-price lesson for first-timers.
Arapahoe Basin offers Kids Club lessons for all levels and abilities and beginner packages for adults, along with Colorado’s longest ski season!
Copper Mountain: Known for “naturally divided terrain,” the skiing at Copper Mountain is easiest to the west and progresses in difficulty moving east. This season, the beginner terrain is transformed with the new Kokomo Express lift and Koko’s Hut warming lodge. Three new magic carpets at the base of the Kokomo Express and one at the top will also improve the resort’s beginner experience.
Aside from skiing, Copper Mountain has a new mountain coaster, a tubing hill, ice skating, and other attractions. For freestyle riding and skiing, Woodward Copper offers specialty training on-mountain and in the Barn.
Loveland: An early opening Colorado favorite, Loveland celebrates 80 years this season offering cat skiing, for the first time ever, in Dry Gulch.
Season pass holders, including kids with Christy Kids Bundles, get 10% off lessons, as well as complimentary days at 12 resorts in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.
Road trip, anyone?
Other season pass perks include discounted adult tickets and discounted children’s tickets for family and friends.
Monarch: The most southerly Front Range ski area, Monarch is a friendly gem near Salida and convenient to Colorado Springs. With one base area, it’s a perfect place to turn the kids loose and be confident you’ll find them in the lodge at the end of the day.
Children under 6 and seniors 69+ are always free.
Adults looking for a challenge can book cat skiing on 1000 acres of bowls, chutes and glades adjacent to the resort.
Winter Park: Colorado’s fourth largest resort with over 3000 skiable acres, Winter Park has been a Colorado family favorite since 1939.
This season the Winter Park Express Ski Train runs from Denver’s Union Station to Winter Park Resort every Saturday and Sunday (and some Fridays, too) from January 5 – March 25, 2018.
Parents who don’t have a season pass can purchase a restricted 4 day pass for just $179 or a 4 day pass with no blackout dates for $239.
The Fine Print
Christy Kids Bundle pricing expires on November 19, 2017 and season passes are valid for the 2017/18 ski season only.
Christy Kids Bundles are available at Colorado Front Range locations only.
Cherry Creek – 201 University Blvd – (303) 321-3885
Lakewood/Denver West – 14371 W Colfax – (303) 271-0155
Park Meadows – 9607 E County Line Rd – (303) 708-8535
Littleton – 8601 W Cross Drive – (720) 981-1761
Boulder – 2000 30th Street – (303) 442-2493
Colorado Springs – 5294 N Nevada Ave – (719) 597-5222
Fort Collins – 3500 South College Ave – (970) 223-4411
About the Author:
Kristen Lummis is a freelance writer based in Colorado who focuses on family skiing and adventure. She blogs at.