Once again this winter snow sports season, third and fourth graders can ski or snowboard for FREE, or learn to ski or ride FREE at participating resorts in New York State I Ski NY Free for Kids Passport.
The ski free program is valid for any child, whether you live in New York or are just visiting.
Sign up now for the free skiing pass, and enjoy the discount for the entire 2019/2020 skiing and riding season.
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 $31 processing fee.
That means your fourth grader can ski or snowboard all season for less than the price of a one-day lift ticket.
Open to anybody, New York State resident or not
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 rental 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.
Also, January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, with FREE and discounted skiing and riding in resorts around the USA. We’ll share details as soon as we get them.
I got my kids on skis in the Catskills when my daughter was seven and my son five.
Some of my favorite family memories are about playing in the snow with two happy little kids.
The slopes are calling.
Where’s your favorite place to ski or snowboard?
This posting was published originally in 2014 and updated annually.
Evelyn Kanter also is the author of several NYC and Hudson Valley guidebooks, including my latest, 100 Things to Do in NYC Before You Die.