2016-17 Free Skiing/Snowboarding Programs for Kids

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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 2016-17 season.


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 $105 if purchased before November 30. After it is $125.
Member resorts include:


Ski Vermont offers a program to 5th graders where for only $11 (2016-17 price), children can ski or snowboard for free with a paid adult 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:

New Hampshire

SkiNH (New Hampshire) offers a 4th and 5th grade SnowSports Passport at $35 for the 2016-17 season ($30 if purchase before November 30) . 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 14 member resorts. The Sixth Grade Pass allows skiing or snowboarding 1 time at each of the 14 member resorts. The booklet also includes numerous deals on rentals, lessons, and other items.
Resorts include:

New York

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 25 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.


In Pennsylvania, Ski PA has a program for 4th and 5th graders where they can ski or ride for free at most Pennsylvania resorts when accompanied by a paying adult. Restrictions vary by resort. Check the website for details.


The WinterKids program in Maine provides passports to 5th, 6th, and 7th graders to get youngsters active. The passes offer free and discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals at 50 different resorts in Maine. This includes: Sugarloaf, Baker Mountain, Sunday River, and many more. If your child is too young, they can get the WinterKids Fun Pass. This pass is available for preschoolers up to 4th grade and allows them to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing for free. All kids must be from Maine.


In Michigan, the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has created a program for 4th and 5th graders. The “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport gives passholders up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 30 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops. The cost is $20. It also includes a coupon for 20% off a helmet purchase and $20 off the purchase of $100 at over 50 participating ski shops. A paying adult must accompany them.


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.

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