Anyone who wants to make skiing a family affair knows how expensive it can be. But in a few states, skiing is more affordable, thanks to programs offered by various state ski associations.
In my home state of Vermont, the Vermont Passport allows fifth graders to ski or ride free free at a number of resorts, when accompanied by a paying adult.
Here are a few states with similar programs:
- Maine: WinterKids Passport
- Michigan: Cold is Cool
- New York State: 4th graders Ski and Ride Passport
- Utah: Fifth Grade Passport
- Colorado: 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program
Granted, requirements vary — in some states, the program is for fourth graders, in others, for fifth graders, and so on. There are also various fees involved. And your child must be enrolled to participate.
Another way to save is to check with your ski resort. Many offer free tickets for children up to a specific age. And virtually all offer discounts for junior skiers.
No matter how you do it, there’s no denying that getting your kids out there is a great way to introduce them to a lifetime of fun.