Elementary Age Children Can Ski or Snowboard FREE at Dozens of Resorts


CONTACT: Mary Jo Tarallo | mjt@learntoskiandsnowboard.org

January 2018 – Parents looking for affordable ways to get their elementary age kids involved with skiing and snowboarding can benefit from the ski industry’s “Passport Programs.” Ten states offer them to families with children in the fourth, fifth and/or sixth grade, depending on the state and the parameters of the “Passport”. Offer. Details are available at:


Programs vary but once the passport is purchased, kids can typically ski or snowboard FREE at resorts in the states that offer the programs. In some cases, families do not have to live in the designated state to qualify. Use requires proof of enrollment and grade status. Some have additional restrictions and holiday blackout dates. Most also include a special “learning offer” for beginners. Here is a brief overview. 

“Passport Programs” offer great value for parents looking for ways to economize on skiing and snowboarding for their kids,” said Mary Jo Tarallo, director of the nationalLearn to Ski and Snowboard/Bring a Friend initiative.“January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month nationwide.

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 passport " 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.

In addition, Vail Resorts, in Colorado and Eaglecrest Resort in Alaska run their own version f a passport program.

All programs are posted at:



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