I Ski NY's Free for Kids Passport program offers third and fourth graders the opportunity to ski for FREE at any participating ski area in New York State. The package, available online at www.ISKINY.com, includes three lift tickets, lessons, and equipment rentals at each participating mountain.
Of the 50+ ski resorts spread across New York State, more than half participate in I SKI NY's Free for Kids program – which means you likely live close to an I SKI NY participating ski resort. There is a $27 processing fee to sign your little ones up for the Kids Ski Free Passport program, but that covers the paper passport – which will be mailed to you – and saves you a ton of cash when you consider what three lift tickets, rentals and lessons would cost!
Simply present proof that your kiddo is of age and you save on skiing for the whole season! Acceptable proof includes: a page from a 3rd or 4th grade report card (in a pinch a past-year report card works as long as it's dated), or a letter from your child's school confirming their grade level. Acceptable proof does not include: art projects, videos of the school play, and homework. And don't send a copy of your kid's birth certificate. That is so not necessary.
Bonus: you don't have to be from New York to ski here! Now that the nitty-gritty details are squared away, here's where the going gets good:
- Learn to Ski or Ride programs are perfect for kids – and adults! – totally new to the sport, or who have some past experience. Participants receive a lift ticket, lesson and equipment rental for free at participating ski areas. The $27 processing free applies.
- Learn to Ski & Ride Month is January of every year. Kick off the New Year with Learn to Ski or Snowboard Day on January 11, 2019 and get discount lift tickets and lessons at participating ski resorts. On January 17, Discover NY Ski Day offers skiers and riders the chance to enjoy ski areas across the state for as little as $12 for a lift ticket.
The bottom line is, New York is where it's at for winter fun. All of the programs listed above are free or super cheap, and ISKINY.com offers a bunch of other discounts and incentives for beginners and their more experienced friends.
Start with our Kids Ski Free Passport program and let it take you to new heights!