Skiing can be a great family physical activity but generally it is not low cost!
If you have a child in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, you’re going to want to check these programs out so your family can ski for less! You can sign up your child for a free or low cost ski lesson and/or lift passes. Maybe they’d rather snowboard? That’s included in many as well. Regardless of how much snow is naturally falling, many resorts make their own snow. Give your kids the experience of skiing down a mountain this winter! Click the images below for some information on ski resorts Jersey Family Fun has visited!
ISKINY Free for Kids Passport program
- 3rd and 4th graders from anywhere can sign up for this program that lets kids ski for less in New York state. The Learn To Ski & Ride Passport program offers one beginner lift ticket, one beginner lesson and rental at each participating ski area. The Ski & Ride Passport offers 3 lift tickets per participating ski area. When an adult ticket purchase is made the child (up to two per parent) will receive a lift ticket, up to 3 at each participating ski area. This passport does not includes lessons or rentals. There is a $31 processing fee per program and you can purchase both. You’ll need to have a report card (if you’re applying early last year’s final will be accepted) to apply. More than twenty mountains participate starting December 1/ check the website for blackout dates. Hunter and Windham participate and are close enough to parts of New Jersey for a day trip! Click over to sign up.
PSAA 4th/5th Grade Snowpass
- Any 4th or 5th grader from anywhere can sign up for this program! For $40 ($35 if you complete the registration before December 1), your student can ski or snowboard for free with 3 lift tickets, and a first time ski/board (lift, rental and lesson) package! Adults get 50% off a first time ski package to accompany the 4th or 5th grader. Some blackout dates do apply. 21 mountains participate, with many close enough to New Jersey for a day trip where kids can ski for less! Click over to sign up.
5th Grade Passport for Ski Vermont
- Passes are valid December 1 – May 1 and only costs $210! Fifth graders ski for up to 88 days in the season. Passport holders receive a booklet containing coupons for free alpine lift tickets or cross-country trail passes at each resort. (You’ll get three coupons for alpine resorts, and either one or three coupons for Nordic centers, depending on the resort). There is NO residency requirement so sign up well in advance of your next Vermont vacation to save some bucks. Find out more here! (Blackout dates do apply).
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and in addition to the local mountains listed above, ski mountains in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Michigan, Oregon, and a group called Ski the Northwest Rockies offer low cost ski options for kids. If you’re traveling be sure to check these out! In fact, Jersey Family Fun is currently in talks with several ski resorts to have them featured in our upcoming Best Places for Kids to Learn to Ski series.
Click over to learn more about the Best Places for Kids to Learn to Ski.
Where will you ski for less this winter?
To arrange a feature on your location contact Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun publisher.