It may be cold out, but that is no reason for outdoor activities to disappear during the winter. In fact, winter is actually a fantastic time to get outdoor exercise. Many people are lucky enough to live in proximity to ski mountains where they can go just for the day. Depending on the mountain, Long Islanders can probably get to a ski mountain in about a 3 hour drive. No matter where you are located, families can very easily feel priced out of a ski trip after paying for travel, lodging, food, ski rental, lift tickets — the list goes on.
The question is – would your family go if some of those expenses could be eliminated?
Would you believe me if I told you that there are a serious number of states who have programs where kids ski free all winter long?
It’s true, I tell you – I wouldn’t lie to you about this!
We’ve outlined all of the kids ski free programs that we could find below along with who is eligible to participate. Some states require minimal application fees (between $10 – $45), but the discounts far outweigh that. Some of the programs listed below may be limited to residents of that state, but there are many to choose from regardless of where you live. Remember also that resorts may offer their own programs, so if you have a specific place in mind that you want to go, it never hurts to call and ask if they have any type of programs available where kids ski free. After all, nothing beats free (or close to free), right?
Kids Ski Free in New York
3rd and 4th graders from anywhere can apply for the ISKINY Free for Kids Passport Program and ski or ride free at most New York Resorts this winter when accompanied by a paying adult. For 3rd or 4th graders who have never been on skis before, the Learn to Ski or Ride Passport is available for FREE. Visit the I SKI NY for applications and participating resorts.
Kids Ski Free in Pennsylvania
4th and 5th graders can apply for a Snowpass and ski or ride free at most Pennsylvania resorts when accompanied by a paying result this winter. Visit Ski PA – PSAA for rules & to apply online.
Kids Ski Free in Maine
All 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in Maine are eligible for a WinterKids Passport which offers free and discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals at 50 areas all over Maine. Also available is a WinterKids Fun Pass providing Maine’s younger kids, between preschool and 4th grade, the change to try cross country skiing and showshoeing on groomed trails for free. These offers are available solely for kids who attend school in Maine. Visit WinterKids to apply.
Kids Ski Free in New Hampshire
4th and 5th graders are all eligible to receive one free lift ticket from every Ski NH downhill and cross country ski area, plus savings on first-time and beginning lessons and equipment rentals. Parents and siblings may also receive savings on lift tickets and trail passes from some resorts. Get your child’s Snowsports Passport at SkiNH.com.
Kids Ski Free in Vermont
5th graders can receive up to 88 free days of skiing and riding at Vermont’s Alpine and Nordic resorts with a Ski Vermont 5th Grade Passport. Each passport is a booklet containing coupons for free alpine lift tickets or cross-country trail passes at each resort. Passport holders need to be accompanied by a ticket or pass holding adult and each adult may bring up to two Passport holders. Visit SkiVermont to apply.
Kids Ski Free in Virginia
The Wintergreen Resort offers a Snow License to 5th and 6th graders who are residents of Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, North Carolina and West Virginia, that are good for free lift tickets. Visit the Wintergreen Resort‘s website for more information and to apply.
Kids Ski Free in Michigan
Michigan 4th and 5th graders can get a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that will provide up to three free lift tickets or trail passes good at 27 participating Michigan ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops. Visit GoSkiMichigan.com for more information.
Kids Ski Free in Colorado
Colorado’s 5th Grade Passport Program provides kids with three free days of skiing or snowboarding while the 6th Grade Passport Program provide four days of skiing or snowboarding for $99, each at 20 Colorado ski resorts. 5th graders who have never skied nor snowboarded before also can receive one free beginner lesson with rental equipment. Additional discounts on lessons and companion tickets are available as well. More information can be found on ColoradoSki.com.
Kids Ski Free in Utah
5th and 6th graders can ski or ride free at each of Utah’s 15 resorts with Ski Utah’s 5th and 6th Grade Passport (5th graders can ski/ride 3 times free, 6th graders once). The Passport also has a ton of special deals for rentals, lessons and more. Visit SkiUtah.com for more information.
Kids Ski Free in North Idaho and Eastern Washington (Northwest Rockies)
5th graders from any state can ski or ride for free at any participating Ski the Northwest Rockies ski area with the 5th Grade Ski Free Passport Program. Click here to apply.
Kids Ski Free in Idaho
5th graders ski or ride FREE 3 times at all 18 Ski Idaho participating resorts with the 5th grade passport, while 6th graders ski or ride FREE 2 times at each of 15* Ski Idaho participating resorts with the 6th grade passport. Certain resorts are excluded for 6th grade skiers. Visit SkiIdaho.us for more information and to apply.
If you participate in any of these offers this winter, enjoy! If we missed any, please let us know in the comments.
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