Discount “Ski School” for Kids

Lara sent in some great, in-depth information on how they’re teaching their kids to ski at a fraction of the cost of ski school:


We paid big money to put our kids in ski school last year, but recently we discovered a great bargain for teaching our kids ourselves. Copper Mountain has a FREE magic carpet lift and tiny bunny hill at Center Village.


They also have another section called Green Acres (accessible from Center Village) that has a 2-person chair lift, poma lift, wide open green run, and green run with banked S-turns to practice turning.


The Green Acres lift tickets are $15 per person 6 years old and up.  Children aged five and under are free. You can park at the Alpine Lot (just beyond the entrance to Copper Mountain) for free and ride the free shuttle to Center Village. There is a warming hut at Green Acres where we ate our sack lunches and a porta-potty.


The only not-so-fun part was the 200-yard walk from Green Acres back to Center Village to grab lunch out of the locker (daddy did that) and to and from the shuttle.  You might want to ski with a backpack with kids’ tennis shoes, so they can walk this section in comfy shoes, carrying their ski boots, while you carry their skis.

We watched a few videos about teaching kids to ski the night before we went. They really got probably 20-30 runs in that day, instead of all the standing around waiting for their turn in group lessons. If parents know how to ski, it’s not as hard as they may think to “DIY” for their kids’ ski lessons.  (Here’s a video on how to snowplow and one on how to turn.)


My 5 and 7 year olds did fine and learned so much faster one-on-one than they did in their pricey group lessons last year. They were both able to get on/off the chair lift and poma lift, snow plow, stop, and carve turns.

I rented skis for myself at Christy Sport near Constitution on Academy. If you reserve 24 hours ahead of picking them up, you save 20%. Copper Mountain wanted $33 for skis, boots, and poles. I got the same at Christy Sports for $16.99. You can pick them up the day before going skiing- after 1 PM, and return them the day after going- by 1 PM, for that one-day rental price.

The Green Acres lift tickets are not advertised on the Copper Mountain website, but you can call to verify all of this information. For Guest Services & General Information about Copper Mountain, please call 866.841.2481 or 970.968.2318.

Thank you so much to Lara for sending in this great info!



  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. Our 7 year old has been asking to go skiing, but the price tag has been a huge barrier. This sounds like a great solution!

  2. You can also use the Entertainment Book coupons to get a child’s ticket for $15. (or buy in advance from their website for $20.) and then use the B1G1 free Shell coupon for a $30ish dollar ticket for adults at Monarch. This makes for a cheap day of skiing and you have almost no lines and the whole mountain. Our favorite place to ski with kids. Very family friendly!

    • Hi Renee, we’re new to Colorado Springs and are wanting to find a ski area that is not one of the bigger resort types. We want to teach our 17 yr old Ukrainian twin girls to ski or to snow board but don’t want to spend “big bucks”. Where do you find the reduced rates for Monarch? Are they in the Entertainment Book you said? Where do you find the Entertainment book here in the Springs? Thanks! Summer

  3. Fantastic information!! Thanks! We knew about the Winter Park $10 deal for their beginner ski lift, but had no idea about this deal at Copper. I’m sure we will make use of this information, if not in what remains of this ski season, then next ski season for sure.

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