2015-16 Free Skiing/Snowboarding Programs for Kids

Would you like your child to ski for free this winter? Who wouldn't? Every year, numerous states and ski areas have ski programs offering free skiing/snowboarding to children at various resorts and often include free lessons at a small cost. These passes offer an amazing value. Let's take a look at some of the deals that are on for the 2015-16 season.

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Colorado Ski Country offers 5th and 6th graders some nice discounts. The 5th grade passport provides THREE free days of skiing or snowboarding at each of their 20 member resorts. The 5th grade pass is FREE. The 6th grade pass provide FOUR free days of skiing or snowboarding at each of their 20 member resorts for just $99.
Member resorts include:

Ski Vermont offers a program to 5th graders where for only $10 (2015-16 price), children can ski or snowboard for free up to 3 times at most of their member mountains. It also includes Nordic skiing as well. So date restrictions apply, but you have access to all of the best mountains Vermont has to offer including:

SkiNH (New Hampshire) offers a 4th and 5th grade SnowSports Passport at $35 (2015-16 season). This booklet includes various discounts to numerous downhill and cross country ski areas. You’ll find a free ticket from every participant for the child plus one additional offer varying from savings on first-time and beginner lessons and equipment rentals for your fourth or fifth grader, savings on lift tickets and trail passes for parents and siblings, and more. Some date restrictions exists.
Resorts include:

Ski Utah also has a 5th and 6th Grade Passport for only $35. The Fifth Grade Pass, allows children to ski or snowboard 3 times at each of the 15 member resorts. The Sixth Grade Pass allows skiing or snowboarding 1 time at each of the 15 member resorts. The booklet also includes numerous deals on rentals, lessons, and other items.
Resorts include:

Vail Resorts also is offering its own program, but taking it to the next level. Their Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack offers four days of free skiing at its four Colorado resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone) to kids from kindergarten through 5th grade. The pass also provides a free lesson and gear rental at any of the resorts in January, which the industry designates as Learn to Ski & Ride Month. The pass also provides free summertime lift rides.

For our Canadian followers, the Canadian Ski Council has a Grade 4 and 5 Snowpass. This is an amazing program to increase participation in skiing and snowboarding. The Grade 4 & 5 Snowpass costs only $29.95 and allows you to go to each of the participating mountains up to 3 times. There are over 150 participating areas including Whistler, Olympic Park, Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Mont-Tremblant. You must be a resident of Canada to participate and be in 4th or 5th Grade. If you are in the Lake Louise area, children up to 5 years old can ski the entire season for $20 and they offer also offer a season pass to 2nd graders for $20 as well.

ISkiNY has an ISkiNY Free for Kids for 3rd & 4th Graders. The cost is $26 per child per program. The Ski/Ride for Free Program is designed for kids who already know how to ski/ride. When accompanied with a paying adult, the child skis for free up to 3 times at each of the 30 participating areas. The Learn to Ski/Ride Program is for kids to learn how to ski or ride. This program includes rental equipment but is good at fewer participating locations. Mountains include Holiday Valley, Whiteface, Gore and many others. The great thing about this program is that you do not need to be a resident of New York. You can be from anywhere in the world.


  • These are great deals and a great way to introduce kids to skiing.

    Natalielp said Reply
  • Please note that we have updated this article to reflect the 2015-16 winter season.

    PowderCam Staff said Reply
  • Look into some of the Canadian programs, there are some epic ones. As an example, kids 5 and under ski for free at Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers FREE Chaperone Passes for the parent accompanying their kids 5 and under on the lower mountain, beginner terrain. I am raising two little kids to love skiing and I take advantage of these two programs.

    There are other examples out there, and I think there is a grade-schooler version in Canada too!

    keast.nic@gmail.com said Reply
    • Thanks - We have added it and it is probably the best deal of the bunch.

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