FREE 4 KIDS "Passport" Programs Offer Affordable Ways for Kids to Get and Stay Active During the Winter


CONTACT: Mary Jo Tarallo | | 202-431-6950


September 2017 – Going back to school in the fall may get youngsters academic juices flowing but the ski industry’s “Passport Programs” offer affordable ways for kids to enjoy physical activity during the winter. In fact, getting youngsters involved in skiing and snowboarding at an early age is easier and more accessible than ever, according to industry representatives. Passports offer parents affordable options for students in grades 4 – 7, depending on the program  Details are available on this FREE4KIDS PAGE. 

“Parents should definitely look into Passport Programs” if they are looking for ways to economize on skiing and snowboarding for their kids,” said Mary Jo Tarallo, director of the national Learn to Ski and Snowboard/Bring a Friend initiative. “Other than a modest administrative fee, youths can pretty much ski or snowboard for free”.

Programs vary and some offer discounts beyond those noted. They typically require proof of enrollment and grade status and some have additional restrictions and holiday blackout dates. Here is a brief overview. 

Utah: The "Ski Utah 5th & 6th Grade Passport Program" provides 5th Graders with three free lift tickets at each of Utah's 14 resorts and 6th Graders with one free lift ticket at each resort.

Idaho: The "5th and 6th Grade Ski Free Passport" program is honored at about 20 ski areas, with most offering three free full-day lift tickets for 5th Grade Passports and 2 full-day lift tickets for 6th Grade Passports.

Maine: The "Winter Kids Passport" helps 5th, 6th, and 7th grade children in Maine stay fit and healthy during the winter, by providing free and reduced outdoor recreation (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, and dog sledding) at 50 locations. WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity.

Michigan: The "Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport" for 4th and 5th graders provides up to three free lift tickets at about 30 participating ski areas - when accompanied by a paying adult. Many Michigan ski shops and areas offer coupons for equipment purchase and rental and free or discounted lessons. Most ski areas have a few blackout dates

Vermont: Ski Vermont believes that winter in Vermont is a way of life, an opportunity to get outdoors, to be healthy and active, and to share amazing experiences with friends and family. So, Ski Vermont developed the "Fifth Grade Passport," a program that lets fifth graders ski and ride for free up to 88 days a year

New York: The "Free For Kids Passport" program provides 3rd and 4th Grade students three free lift tickets with an adult purchase at over 20 participating ski resorts - up to two children per adult. Several areas have no blackout dates. The “Learn To Ski/Snowboard Package Passport" provides at all participating ski resorts one free beginner lesson, rental and beginner lift ticket package for skiing or snowboarding without an adult purchase.

New Hampshire: The "4th & 5th Grade Snowsports Passport" program offers one free lift ticket or trail pass to participants at sixteen downhill and nearly 20 cross country ski areas. Ski area also provides additional offers, some of which include savings on beginner lessons or equipment rentals for fourth or fifth graders, as well as deals on lift tickets and trail passes for parents and siblings, and more.

Pennsylvania: The "4th and 5th Grade Snowpass" allows students to ski and snowboard for free with a paying adult at 19 participating PA resorts. In addition, it offers a First Time ski/snowboard package that includes a beginner lift ticket, lesson and rental equipment to each participant.

Northwest: The "Ski The Northwest Rockies 5th Grade Passport" provides three days free at each participating ski area, including Mt. Spokane and 49 Degrees North near Spokane, Lookout Pass on I-90 at the Idaho/Montana border, and Silver Mountain in Kellogg, ID. The passport also includes special deals on equipment rentals, lessons and other activities.

Colorado: Colorado Ski Country USA offers two Passport programs, the "5TH GRADE PASSPORT" and the "6TH GRADE PASSPOR " The 5th grade Passport Program provides participants with three free days of skiing or snowboarding at 20 resorts. The 6th grade Passport Program provides participants with four days of skiing or snowboarding at 20 resorts.




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