Kids Ski/Ride "Free"
A number of states offer school children special opportunities called “Passport” Programs. These enable youngsters an affordable way to ski and snowboard at resorts in the respective states. The programs vary. Typically, parents pay a small administrative fee for the "passport" booklet that includes many free offers. Here are some examples provided by several state.
1. Ski Utah
Fifth and Sixth graders ski "FREE* in Utah with the Ski Utah 5th and 6th Grade Passport. Apply for the 5th Grade Passport and shred three times FREE* at each of Utah's 15 resorts. The 6th Grade Passport offers one day of FREE* skiing or riding at each of Utah's 15 resorts. The 5th and 6th Grade Passport also includes special deals on equipment rentals, lessons and other cool activities for 5th and 6th graders and their families.
Apply online at SkiUtah.com/Passports and ski or ride The Greatest Snow on Earth for FREE* this year. *$35 administrative fee. $45 after January 31, 2015.
Ski NH’s 4th and 5th grade Snowsports Passport includes one free lift ticket and cross country trail pass from each of Ski NH’s 33 ski areas, as well as an additional offer from each ski area which may include savings on lessons and equipment for 4th and 5th graders, and savings on lift tickets and trail passes for parents and siblings, and more. To receive a Snowsports Passport, mail the application, a copy of your fourth/fifth and grade report card, to Ski NH. Passport fee is $30 until October 31, 2015 and $35 starting November 1, 2015. Not only will you and your family be on your way to enjoying New Hampshire's winter resorts, but you'll also be helping kids suffering from serious illness; Ski NH donates a percentage of sales to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH. Details are available at SkiNH.
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. That philosophy has led Ski Vermont to develop the Fifth Grade Passport, a program that lets fifth graders ski and ride for free, and fall in love with the experience of sliding on snow. The 2015-16 ski season begins the 16th year of enriching families’ winters with the 5th Grade Passport Program. It also marks the sixth year in which the program benefits the agriculture community by donating proceeds to Keep Local Farms, learn more at www.keeplocalfarms.org. Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport - www.skivermont.com/FGP
The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) wants to give kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. This is why MSIA has established a statewide program, which provides every 4th and 5th grader in Michigan the opportunity to ski for free. Fourth graders can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at more than 20 participating ski areas.
In order for qualifying youngsters to use the free Cold is Cool lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them. “We feel that fourth graders should be supervised by an adult while on the slopes and trails. Our intention is to make this a fun, affordable activity for the entire family,” says Mickey MacWilliams, MSIA executive director. With the Passport, up to two 4th or 5th graders can ski free with each paying adult.
Applications are available at participating MSIA ski shops and online at goskimichigan.com. Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $20 printing and shipping fee for each Cold is Cool Passport ordered.
5. Colorado Ski Country
Colorado Ski Country USA's 5th Grade Passport Program provides participants with three free days of skiing or snowboarding at each of our 20 member resorts. Ski all 60 days or just a few. Colorado Ski Country USA's 6th Grade Passport Program provides participants with four days of skiing or snowboarding at each of our 20 member resorts for a mere $99. That amounts to 80 awesome days on the slopes for a mere $1.25 per day.
The First Class Program allows 5th graders can learn to ski or snowboard throughout the month of January. Children who have neither experienced skiing nor snowboarding, and are enrolled in the 5th Grade Passport Program, have the opportunity to receive one free beginner lesson and rental package. In our experience, 5th graders who complete a full beginner lesson emerge as confident advanced beginners who can comfortably use their passport to ski or ride with friends or family.
6. Ski Areas of New York
7. Maine This program 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 across the state. WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity. Check out the WinterKids site for additional programs for families and schools to get outside, get active and have fun! To learn more about these programs visit the WinterKids.org web site.
8. Ski Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Ski Area Association is offering the Snowpass to ALL children in the 4th and 5th grade (whether they live in PA or not). Participants get a Snowpass with their picture, plus coupons valid for three FREE lift tickets at each of the 21 participating resorts when they ski or board with a paying adult. The Snowpass also includes a Learn to Ski or Snowboard package at 50% for the participating adult.
Participants may sign up at www.skipa.com, or by downloading an application form. You must provide a report card or other proof that the child is in 4th or 5th grade, a 1.5” X 2” school photo and a $30 processing fee. The price goes up to $35 on December 1. The SkiPA office will mail the Snowpass to the participant. Last year’s Snowpass Program was the second biggest in the country. It serviced more than 10,000 children.
10. Ski Idaho