Third and fourth graders can ski or ride for FREE, or learn to ski or ride at participating resorts in New York State with the Free for Kids Passport Program. The program also allows kids and adults to ski and ride, or learn, together. When accompanied by a paying adult, the child receives a free lift ticket.
Sign up online with proof that your child is in the third or fourth grade, and you will be mailed a Passport booklet to use, after paying a $25 processing fee.
You don’t even have to live in New York or go to school here to take advantage of the free program – there is no residency requirement for Free For Kids Passport. It’s open to visitors from anywhere, including Canada, Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
If you opt for the learning Passport, the child receives a free lift ticket, lesson and ental package. And to encourage parents, grandparents or other adults to get on the slopes, the adult gets a 20% discount on a Learn to Ski or Ride package.
I got my kids on skis in the Catskills when my daughter was seven and my son five. Some of my favorite family memories have to do with playing in the snow with two happy little kids.