See which ski resort kids fly free to

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 22, 2009 9:54 am

                                                    KIDS FLY FREE TO NORTH AMERICA’S #1 FAMILY RESORT

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-December 22, 2009-North America’s #1 Family Resort, Steamboat Ski Resort , is again offering its industry innovative program Kids Fly Free* into the Steamboat/Hayden Airport (code: HDN) for the 2009/2010 winter season.  The best snow in the Colorado Rockies lands in Steamboat and you can too. Better yet, your children can fly FREE with the best family vacation value in the industry.

“Kids Fly Free enables families to enjoy significant savings to the #1 Family Resort in North America, signature Champagne Powder™ snow and air service directly into the most convenient airport in the Colorado Rockies-Steamboat/Hayden,” said Andy Wirth, senior vice president of sales & marketing for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Steamboat was the first ski resort in the country to offer Kids Fly Free, setting the standard within the industry much like it did with Kids Ski Free™ in the early 1980s.”

This season with Steamboat’s Kids Fly Free* Package, when a parent purchases a minimum two nights lodging, lift tickets and round-trip air on a participating airline, one child (12 & under) flies FREE*. The package is available from January 3 to February 12, 2010 for midweek travel with dates varying by airline. Plus, for families that ski 5-or-more-days, couple this incredible program with Steamboat’s Kids Ski Free ™ and Kids Rent Free programs and you will enjoy the best value in the industry for your family vacation. The Kids Fly Free* offer is available for booking through Steamboat Central Reservations® at 1-800-922-2722 or at   and can be combined with other resort special packages.

Steamboat has long been a leader in children’s and family programs with industry innovations such as Kids Ski Free, Rent Free and Fly Free to kids-only programs, terrain, lifts, events and even a pint-size retail store to take care of their every need. Add in Steamboat MountainWatch, a GPS device on every ski & snowboard school child; family private lessons; dedicated children’s center; and the family season pass program, where one child receives a free season pass with each parent purchase, and it’s easy to see why Steamboat is a perennial family favorite.

“For more than a decade Steamboat has been recognized for its top-notch family programs,” continued Wirth. “You won’t find another major destination resort offering as diverse a variety of family programs, packages and options as Steamboat.”

New for the 2009/2010 winter season, Steamboat pumped $2.5 million into the resort for on-mountain improvements including the newly designed and expanded Kids’ Vacation Center, which nearly doubles in size. A new slopeside registration will whisk young snow enthusiasts into a totally redesigned kid-friendly, western-themed facility with the overall goal of expediting check-in, streamlining functionality, augmenting security and delivering a better overall family experience. Taking care of the littlest guest has always been a priority in Ski Town, U.S.A.® and the new center is sure to satisfy kids of all ages.

“Couple $30 million in on-mountain improvements over the past four years with an improved experience at the Steamboat/Hayden airport and guests will benefit from a significantly enhanced vacation experience,” continued Wirth. “Overall attention to guest service has always been the resort’s main goal. And making Steamboat the most accessible resort in Colorado and a true value for families is all just part of the plan.

Never far from its ranching roots, Steamboat has grown into one of North America’s premier resorts with 165 trails, nearly 3,000 acres, 18 lifts, and 3,668’ vertical rise. In addition, a comprehensive nonstop flight program, 70-year Olympic heritage, off-mountain activities, array of lodging options and family programs rated the best in the industry, complete the heart and soul of Ski Town, U.S.A. Steamboat is stampeding toward a new renaissance that touches every aspect of the community and represents a revitalization of the ski resort, mountain village and Steamboat/Hayden airport.