Why Learning How to Ski in New York State is the Best Bet for Savings & Fun

New York State is the home of the Yankees, the METS, the Statue of Liberty, and Niagara Falls.

It's also the home of more places to ski and ride than any other state in this great union. ANY OTHER STATE – even the ones that claim the Rockies as home plate. Try searching for skiing near me and we bet you an I SKI NY resort pops up!

So if you're a New Yorker or even a weekend warrior looking for awesome places to make memories with your family, a New York ski resort is a sure bet for a time-of-your-life experience. Literally, if you've never skied before in your life, you can find a way to do it for free with I SKI NY. Here's how:

The Ski & Ride Passport offers three free lift tickets per participating ski area so when an adult buys one lift ticket, their child gets one free. The Learn to Ski & Ride Passport offers one free beginner lift ticket, beginner lesson and rental at each participating ski area (19 of them) and no adult purchase is necessary.

Bonus: you don't have to be from New York to ski here! All and sundry are welcome. Bring your niece, nephew, frenemies and buddies from summer camp.

Now that the nitty-gritty details are squared away, here's where the going gets good:

• Of the 60-some ski resorts spread across New York State, over 30 participate in I SKI NY's Free for Kids program – which means no matter where you live in the Empire State, you're never more than a few hours from the slopes.
• There is a $26 processing fee to sign your little ones up for the Kids Ski Free Passport program, but that covers the 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 at 30 different ski resorts!
• 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 $26 processing fee applies.
• I SKI NY offers a bunch of programs for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities, including:

Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month is January of every year. Kick off the New Year by learning a new sport: alpine skiing or snowboarding, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Ski areas across New York State are offering free – or reasonably priced – lessons throughout the month of January. The initiative is meant to make skiing and snowboarding more accessible to more American families.

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!