Fifth and Sixth Graders Can Ski Free in Idaho


CONTACT: Tony Harrison, 208.880.9814,

McCALL, Idaho (Nov. 1, 2017) -- If you have a 5th or 6th grader who
loves to ski or snowboard or one who'd like to learn, you'll want to
take advantage of the free skiing program offered by the Idaho Ski
Areas Association, a.k.a. Ski Idaho.

Ski Idaho's 5th and 6th Grade Ski-Free Passport Program allows 5th
graders to ski three days for free or at steep discounts at all 18 Gem
State ski resorts and lets 6th graders ski two days free or at steep
discounts at 16 mountains. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this
season, the program is open to any child from any state or country --
NOT just Idaho kids.

Complete the application available at
and pay a $15 processing fee to order a passport for your child. Ski
Idaho will email you a passport you can print out prior to hitting the
slopes or pull up on your smartphone when you walk up to the ticket
window. Your child must have a parent or guardian present to use the
passport, and it must be shown at the resort in order to receive the
lift ticket.

Participating resorts include:

Bald Mountain --

Bogus Basin* --

Brundage --

Cottonwood Butte --

Grand Targhee --

Kelly Canyon --

Little Ski Hill --

Lookout Pass --

Lost Trail --

Magic Mountain --

Pebble Creek --

Pomerelle* --

Schweitzer --

Silver Mountain --

Snowhaven --

Soldier Mountain --

Sun Valley** --

Tamarack --

* 5th grade only

** An additional $20 fee is required with a passport at Sun Valley's
Bald Mountain; however, there is no extra fee at Dollar Mountain

"The family friendly reputation of Idaho ski resorts is well
deserved," Ski Idaho board chair and Brundage Mountain Resort
president and managing director Bob Looper says. "Our incredible,
uncrowded terrain offers some of the most spectacular skiing and
snowboarding on the planet regardless of your age and ability, and our
passport program makes it a lot easier for families to take advantage
of our good wintertime fortune."

Ski Idaho launched its passport program in the northern part of the
state in 1998, and the organization expanded the offering in 2005 to
include mountains in southern and eastern Idaho.

Participating ski hills reserve the right to limit passport use for
ski racers, on race days, and on any scheduled blackout dates that may
apply. Visit for a list of scheduled
blackout dates, and check with your ski hill for full details.

Founded in 1982, the Idaho Ski Areas Association, a.k.a. Ski Idaho, is
a nonprofit association funded by the Idaho Travel Council via the
state's 2 percent lodging tax paid by travelers and collected by
hotel, motel, and private campground owners. Boasting 28,000 vertical
feet of terrain spanning more than 20,000 acres, Idaho is the
birthplace of lift-assisted skiing, home to America's first
destination ski resort, and often considered the soul of skiing. Its
18 family friendly Alpine ski resorts offer trails and backcountry for
skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels, breathtaking
views, hundreds of inches of fresh powder, and short lift lines. Visit for more details.

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