FREE4KIDS - 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. These programs will be updated for the 2017-18 season. Stay tuned for new information coming soon. 

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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 14 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  and ski or ride The Greatest Snow on Earth for FREE* this year. 

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2.    Ski New Hampshire 

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 The modest. Passport fee increases slightly starting December 1, 2017. Be on your way to enjoying New Hampshire's winter resorts help 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.


3.    Ski Vermont

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  that lets fifth graders ski and ride for free, and fall in love with the experience of sliding on snow. The 2017-18 ski season begins the 18th year of enriching families’ winters with the 5th Grade Passport Program. It also marks the eight year in which the program benefits the agricultural and environmental community in Vermont. To learn more about Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport visit

Each passport comes with a modest 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, 2017 - May 1, 2018, with holiday blackout dates varying by resort .  To learn more about Ski Vermon’t Fifth Grade Passport visit


4.    Michigan Snowsports Industries Association 

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  Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a modest printing and shipping fee for each Cold is Cool Passport ordered.  


5.    ski4free-girl-colorSki 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.

Full details and application for the I SKI NY Free for Kids Passport Program are available online at Free for Kids Passport includes a $26 processing fee.

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 web site.

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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

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

Ski NW Rockies is offering the 5th Grade Ski or Ride Free  Passport  Program to children in the 5th grade from any state.  The Passportallows students to ski or ride three days FREE and includes special deals on equipment rentals and lessons at each of Ski NW Rockies participating resorts.  Learn more and sign up  for the 5th Grade Ski or Ride Passport Program. 


9.  Ski Idaho

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. 

Check out Ski Idaho's  5th and 6th Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport Program.


10.    Vail Epic Schoolkids Pass

 The Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack is a free program for Kindergarten through 5th graders that provides four days of skiing and riding at each of the state's top-ranked resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone.



11.    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, 2018. The 6th grade Passport Program provides participants with four days of skiing or snowboarding at 22 resorts. For registration and additional details, see

Colorado Ski Country USA’s First Class Program offers 5th graders who have never skied or 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.



11.  Eaglecrest 5th Grade Passport Program


All 5th graders in Juneau, AK are eligible to receive a 5th grade passport good for free lift tickets at Eaglecrest Ski Area during their 5th grade school-year. In addition, they receive one free equipment rental and one free lesson. First time skiers and snowboarders have the option of taking the 5th grade passport learner series – a two-week program designed to get 5th graders comfortable skiing or snowboarding.

In addition, all of the Juneau 5th grade classes have the chance to come up to Eaglecrest once each season for free lessons and free rentals. The only cost is transportation. Eaglecrest is owned by the city of Juneau. For details go to:

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