June Mountain: Kids Ski for Free

Have a snow-obsessed tot? They could hit the Sierra slopes, gratis-like.

THE WHOLE SIERRA NEVADA STORM SCENE... kicked it up, way up, at the end of of 2016 and beginning of 2017. There was no wondering what might be happening on the slopes of the vast mountain range, because what was happening, and continues to happen, was all over the headlines: snow. Major snow, in fact, feet and feet, all the fresh powder that a skier's schussful heart could possibly desire. Which means that if a family trip for a day of flake-based outdoor enjoyment wasn't in the works, well, it just might be now, given the glorious slope-deepening state of things. But an impromptu family day out in the mountains doesn't always come with an impromptu — read: budget-like — price tag, even if it is only a day and even if it comes together at the last moment. Which makes finding budget-y ways to enjoy a high-elevation, cheek-flushing bit of fun where kids can play for free all the more essential. A ski-happy family only need look to...

JUNE MOUNTAIN... for that last-minute-y fun, fun that doesn't come with a scary string of dollar signs in tow. For kids ages 12 and under can "ski & ride" for nothing, nada, at the Mammoth-close destination. There are a few to-knows, like securing your tot's life ticket (they'll definitely need one) in person, on site, at the June Mountain Ticket Office. As for what you'll find at this wintery play spot? Prepare for "1,500 acres of skiable terrain" and Saturday cameos by Bucky the deer ("helmet decorating" is one of the activities, in case your young ski buff is looking to up his style). For all the June-y joyful doings, including how to get that gratis ski time for your young'un, schuss this way.

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