Washington, DC – November 2013…. January may be Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month but a number of states offer all winter long special programs for school children that not only include lessons but also FREE skiing or snowboarding. The so-called “Passport” Programs provide youngsters an affordable way to ski and snowboard at resorts in hosts states. Programs vary by state. Typically, parents pay a small administrative fee for a "passport" booklet that includes many free offers.
The skiandsnowboardmonth.org web site provides details about each program and links to state associations where a “passport” booklet can be purchased.
Here is a list of states with “Passport” Programs
1. Ski New Hampshire
Ski NH’s 4th and 5th grade Snowsports Passport includes one, two or three free lift tickets and cross country trail passes from each of Ski NH’s 33 ski areas, as well as savings on lessons and equipment for 4th and 5th graders, and savings on lift tickets and trail passes for parents and siblings. NH.
2. Ski Vermont
Ski Vermont has a Fifth Grade Passport. The 2012-13 ski season begins the 13th year of enriching families’ winters with this program. It also marks the third year in which the program benefits the agriculture community by donating proceeds to Keep Local Farms.
3. The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association
The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association has established the statewide “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 20 participating ski areas. In order for fourth graders to use the free lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them.
4. Colorado Ski Country
Colorado Ski Country USA's 5th Grade Passport Program provides three free days of skiing or snowboarding at each of 20 member resorts. The First Class Program allows 5th graders to learn how to ski or snowboard throughout the month of January. Children
who have not experienced skiing nor snowboarding and are enrolled in the 5th Grade Passport Program, can receive one free beginner lesson and rental package experience,
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 $99.
5. Ski Areas of New York
The ISKINY 3rd & 4th Grade Ski & Ride Passport program entitles children in grade 3 or 4 or equivalent (homeschoolers too) to ski and ride for free with an adult lift ticket purchase. A fourth grader can also choose learn to ski or snowboard too. There also are discounts for adults to learn to ski or ride.
6. Maine’s Winter Kids Programs
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.
7. Ski Utah
8. Ski Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Ski Area Association is offering the Snowpass program to children in the 4th and 5th grade. Participants get a passport booklet 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 booklet also includes a Learn to Ski or Snowboard package at 50% for the participating adult.
9. Ski NW Rockies
Ski NW Rockies and Ski Idaho is offering the 5th Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport Program to children in the 5th grade from any state. The Passport allows students to ski or ride three days FREE and includes special deals on equipment rentals and lessons at each of Ski NW Rockies and Ski Idaho participating resorts.
10. Ski Idaho
Ski Idaho is offering the 6th Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport Program to children in the 6th grade from any state. The Passport allows students to ski or ride two days FREE and includes special deals on equipment rentals and lessons at each of the Ski Idaho participating resorts.