January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Free Month, when many ski resorts offer free passes and/or pricing incentives for kids. But did you know kids can actually ski free all winter long? Many resorts offer Passport Programs, which typically allow elementary-age children to get on the slopes at nearly no charge (a small registration fee usually applies). Prepare with this list of kids ski free programs (listed by state) for the 2017-2018 season.
Kids Ski Free in Colorado
In Colorado, fifth graders get three kids ski free days at 20 participating resorts, including Copper Mountain and Steamboat. Plus, there’s no processing fee. Sixth graders are also eligible for $125, which entitles them to FOUR free days at participating resorts. Register at Colorado Ski Country.
Colorado Ski Hotel Pick: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
Kids Ski Free in Idaho
In Idaho, fifth and sixth graders can ski free at 18 resorts — and you don’t have to be a state resident to take advantage of this deal, either! Fifth graders can ski free for three consecutive days; sixth graders get two days free. To receive your ski-free passes, sign up at Ski Idaho. A $15 processing fee applies.
Kids Ski Free in Maine
In Maine, there’s a program called WinterKids, with kids ski free offers for fifth, sixth and seventh graders after a $20 processing fee is paid. The program, valued at more than $3,000, provides each child with a one-day pass at participating resorts, which include popular Sugarloaf and Shawnee Peak. The pass not only includes skiing, but boarding, tubing and ice skating, too! To sign up, go to WinterKids.org.
Maine Ski Hotel Pick: Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel
Kids Ski Free in New Hampshire
For $30, fourth and fifth graders receive one free lift ticket to participating New Hampshire ski resorts. They’ll also receive discounts on lessons and equipment, and parents and siblings get coupons for lift tickets and trail passes; deals vary by resort. To apply for a Snowsports Passport, go to SkiNH.com.
New Hampshire Ski Hotel Pick: Omni Mount Washington Resort
Kids Ski Free in New York
Both third and fourth graders are eligible for the Passport Program in New York, where 32 ski resorts, including Hunter Mountain in the Catskills and Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, are participating. Booklets contain three kids ski free coupons per ski resort, as well as discounts for adults and future visits to the resorts; a $25 processing fee applies. For more information, visit ISKINY.com.
New York Ski Hotel Pick: Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center
Kids Ski Free in Michigan
For a $20 processing fee, fourth and fifth graders can ski free at 30 ski resorts in Michigan (three passes per resort), courtesy of the Cold Is Cool Ski & Ride Passport Program. Participating resorts include Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. A paying adult must accompany the passport holder. Pick up an application at a Michigan Snowsports Industries Association ski shop, or apply online at GoSkiMichigan.com.
Michigan Ski Hotel Pick: Boyne Highlands Resort
Kids Ski Free in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association is allowing fourth and fifth graders to ski free at Camelback Ski Area, Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Jack Frost Mountain and 16 other resorts across the state. Snowpasses cost $35 to $40 per child ($35 if payment is received by Dec. 1, 2017; $40 if received after), and provide kids one full-day pass to each of the resorts. To sign up, go to SkiPA.com.
Pennsylvania Ski Hotel Pick: Camelback Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
Kids Ski Free in Utah
Utah has 15 ski resorts, and fifth and sixth grade kids ski free at all of them after a $35 processing fee is paid ($45 after Jan. 31, 2017). The pass includes three free passes per resort, as well as discounts on snowboard rentals, lessons, refreshments and more! Apply at Ski Utah.
Utah Ski Hotel Pick: Montage Deer Valley Resort
Kids Ski Free in Vermont
At Vermont ski resorts, fifth grade applicants receive booklets with three free lift tickets at participating ski resorts, such as Smugglers’ Notch and Stratton Mountain. They also receive one or three coupons for Nordic centers (amount depends on the resort). All children must be accompanied by a ticket- or pass-holding adult, and each adult can bring up to two Passport holders at one time. Passports are available with a $11 processing fee. To register, visit Ski Vermont.
Vermont Ski Hotel Pick: Stowe Mountain Lodge
Note: Some passes take weeks to process, though expedited services are available for extra fees. Blackout dates and restrictions also apply.
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