Courtesy of SeniorsSkiing.com – Free skiing is available to people 65 and older this ski season at 111 resorts across 26 states. The list of resorts is available at SeniorsSkiing.com, the free online magazine for older skiers.
The number of resorts reporting free skiing privileges for seniors increased slightly from last season. Most resorts provide free skiing at age 70. The annual SeniorsSkiing.com report was first issued for the 2015-16 season.
According to recent National Ski Areas Association statistics, 20% of the nation’s total skiing/boarding population is 52 and older (1,843,000). Those 52-62 total 1,220,000 participants; 62-71 total 510,000, and 72+ total 113,000.
Each resort establishes its own age threshold for free skiing. People in their 60s ski free at nine resorts in six states. Those 70-79 have a choice of 62 resorts in 22 states, and those 80 and older ski free in 40 resorts in 15 states.
The three states with the most areas offering free skiing are New Hampshire with 11 and California and Michigan, each with 10. New Mexico, New York, and Pennsylvania each have 8 resorts with free skiing. Maine has 7, Vermont has 6, and Washington has 5.
Three resorts, Alta Sierra (California), Welch Village (Minnesota), and Sugarbush (Vermont), have a minimum age of 90 to ski free.
Many resorts have a range of discounts for older skiers purchasing lift tickets and other products and services. The editors of SeniorsSkiing.com advise looking online or asking before making purchases.
The free list is available to SeniorsSkiing.com subscribers. Existing subscribers have immediate access to the list. New visitors to the site must enter their email address to have access. Subscribing to SeniorsSkiing.com is free. In addition to weekly news and reports covering topics of interest to older snow sports enthusiasts, the site lists the best choices of skis and boots for older skiers.