Programs for Grade Schoolers
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, 2017.
Ski NH’s 4th and 5th grade Snowsports Passport includes vouchers for one free lift ticket and cross country trail pass from each of Ski NH’s 34 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, savings on lift tickets, trail passes for parents and siblings, and more. To receive a Snowsports Passport, mail the application, and a copy of your fourth/fifth grade report card, to Ski NH. Passport fee is $30 until November 30, 2016 and $35 starting December 1, 2016. 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 2016-17 ski season begins the 17th year of enriching families’ winters with the 5th Grade Passport Program. It also marks the seventh year in which the program benefits the agricultural and environmental community in Vermont. To learn more about Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport visit www.skivermont.com/FGP
Each passport comes with a $10 processing fee and passport holders need to be accompanied by a ticket or pass holding adult. Each adult may bring up to two passport holders. Passports are valid December 1, 2016 - May 1, 2017, with holiday blackout dates varying by resort . To learn more about Ski Vermon’t Fifth Grade Passport visit 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. Ski Areas of New York
The I SKI NY Free for Kids Passport Program is for 3rd and 4th graders or homeschoolers from anywhere. Kids in this age group can learn to ski or ride for free (includes beginner lift ticket, rental, and group lesson) at all participating New York ski areas or they can ski or ride for free (includes lift ticket) up to 3 times at all participating New York ski areas with an adult lift ticket purchase.
6. 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.
7. Ski Pennsylvania
In 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 which includes a beginner lift ticket, lesson and rental equipment to each participant. And 50% off an adult First Time package in case the participating adult has never skied or snowboarded before. See https://www.skipa.com/4th-5th-
Pennsylvania’s snowpass program has no residency requirements, you can live in or out of state to take advantage of this great offer which has proven to be popular. For example, over 12,000 4th & 5th graders skied and snowboarded for free last season with a paying adult on the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) "4th and 5th Grade Snowpass”.
"The Snowpass Program is designed to foster a child's love of skiing or riding, as well as the great outdoors. The goal is to give kids the skills, confidence and passion for skiing or snowboarding that will last a lifetime," said Linda Irvin, PSAA Executive Director,
8. Ski NW Rockies
Compliments of Ski Idaho, the passport allows any 5th or 6th grader to ski or ride free at 16-18 Idaho ski locations. 5th graders get three free days at all 18 locations, and 6th graders get two free days at the participating 16 locations. It’s a great way to experience and enjoy the great outdoors all winter long
In order to receive a free lift ticket, the Ski Free Passport must be shown at the resort, and a parent or guardian must be present with the kid(s).
And with the paperless passport option, all you have to do is pull it up on your smartphone to show at the ticket office. Of course you can always print it out at home and bring it with you if need be. Either way, your kid gets to ski free! Qualifying children do not have to be a resident of Idaho.
10. Colorado Ski Country
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 application deadline is January 31, 2017. The 6th grade Passport Program provides participants with four days of skiing or snowboarding at 20 resorts for $105 if registered before Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, and $125 until January 31, 2017. For registration and other details, see http://coloradoski.com/passport.
Colorado Ski Country USA’s First Class Program offers 5th graders who have never skied nor snowboarded the chance to receive one free, full-day, beginner lesson and equipment rental package. Just sign up for the Passport Program and we will notify you via email if you qualify. Most lessons are issued for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and quantities are limited.