Many ski resorts in the US and Canada offer free skiing for kids. The
Caveat: you must provide paperwork, an admin fee and typically be
accompanied by mom and/or dad. Still it’s a win win for skiing families.
Maine started with the 5th Grade Passport, and Colorado and Utah soon
followed, the Free Skiing Kids Passport Program has expanded to New
Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Idaho and Washington, Michigan and Canada.
The Free Ski Pass is usually for kids in grade 4 through 7.
Check with your kids’ school or go to your State Ski Association, like Ski Utah, Sk NH, Ski Vermont, Ski Maine and Colorado Ski Country sand see our list of free kids ski programs.
Maine provides a WinterKids Passport program to 5th, 6th and 7th graders. With a $25 processing fee, kids receive two days of free or discounted skiing at 50 ski areas throughout the state including Alpine, Nordic, and Tubing Centers. In some cases, a paid adult ticket is required. Top Maine resorts with free skiing include:
The White Mountain State calls skiing their official sport. NH’s SkiNH 5th Grade Snow Sports Passport starts with the 4th Grade Earn Your Turns Passbook. 4th graders must create a report on skiing to receive a lift ticket to each of the 37 New Hampshire resorts. NH”s 5th Grade Snowsports Passport includes similar benefits with more days. NH’s free kids ski passes require a $20 processing fee. NH Ski Resorts with Free Kids skiing with the Passport
Vermont is known for its Green Mountains covered in white in winter, and for raising Olympic ski athletes – Kelly Clark, Ross Powers, Hannah Teeter, Eric Schlopy, Tiger Shaw, the list goes on. Vermont’s 5th Grade Passport provides free skiing, with a $10 processing fee, at Vermont ski resorts when kids are accompanied by an adult who has paid for a full-day lift ticket.
Colorado Ski Country USA 5th & 6th Grade Passport provides three free days of skiing and snowboarding at each of the 20 different resorts, while the 6th Grade Passport offers four days for just $99.
Colorado ski resort with free skiing for kids include:
SKI IDAHO and WASHINGTON
Idaho and Washington have great skiing, and both offer excellent 5th Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport programs with three free days at each participating area, while the 6th Grade version provides two free days at each location. There’s also a $20 processing fee.
49 Degrees North
Little Ski Hill
Ski Utah 5th and 6th grade passport lets kids ski free three times at each of 14 resorts, and 6th graders may ski free once at each resort. A $35 processing fee is required for the Utah Ski Passport at:
Brian Head Resort
Powder Mountain Resort
New York offers a program for 4th graders with a $19 processing fee, young riders receive a free day at most NY resorts with a paid adult ticket at Gore, Lake Placid, Hunter, and more.
Ski Pennsylvania has a 4th & 5th Grade Snowpass, with free skiing at 22 different resorts in and around the Poconos. A $30 processing fee is required, and in some cases a paid adult ticket is also required. Pennsylvania ski resorts with free kids skiing include:
Eagle Rock Resort
Jack Frost/Big Boulder
Our neighbors to the north know winter can be long without skiing and hockey. Canadian students in grades four and five are eligible for the Grade 4 & 5 Snow Pass for three free lift tickets at 150 Canadian ski areas each participating resort, a $29.95 processing fee is required.
All Stories by Heather Burke