Liberal freebie policies at these resorts save kids and seniors a bundle.
While many ski resorts give free lift tickets to folks who are under 6 or over 79, some mountains are even more generous with discounts. Kids ski free all the way up to age 15 in Sun Valley, Idaho during most of the season (with some blackout dates), and to age 10 at Big Sky Resort, Mont., so long as they're accompanied by paying adults. A few resorts also welcome folks with free passes a decade before they turn 80. (Vail, on the other hand, charges $50 for kids ages 5 and up, and $73 for everyone 65 or older--cheaper than the $83 daily adult rate, but hardly a deal.) Here are some resorts with liberal freebie policies.
Apex Mountain Resort, B.C. -- 7 and under (877-777-APEX ; 250-292-8222, www.apexresort.com).
Big Sky Resort, Mont. -- 10 and under (800-548-4486; 406-995-5000, bigskyresort.com).
Blacktail Mountain, Mont. -- 7 and under (406-844-0999, blacktailmountain.comblacktailmountain.com).
Sun Valley, Idaho -- 15 and under (some blackout dates apply). (866-804-9219; 530-525-2992, skihomewood.com.)
Whiteface, N.Y. -- 6 and under (877-SKI-FACE; 518-946-2223, whiteface.comwhiteface.com).
Red Lodge Mountain Resort, Mont. -- 70 and over (800-444-8977; 406-446-2610, redlodgemountain.com).
Smugglers' Notch, Vt. -- 70 and over (800-419-4615; 802-644-8851, smuggs.com).
Squaw Valley, Calif. -- 76 and over (800-403-0206; 530-583-6985, squaw.comsquaw.com).
Whiteface, N.Y. -- 70 and over (877-SKI-FACE; 518-946-2223, whiteface.com).