Ski or Ride FREE with NYS Third and Fourth Grader Passport

This Adirondack Mama always thinks that I have stumbled upon the deal of the century, only to find that everyone is already in on the family fun. So just in case I am not the last person to find out that New York State is once again offering the FREE Ski and Ride Passport Program to all third (3rd) and fourth (4th) grade children, I’m here to let you in on the secret.

The program was first established in 2000 to introduce children to skiing and promote a healthy lifestyle choice. The passport offers free lift tickets to 31 New York ski mountains including 7 Adirondack ski resorts and other discounts like soft drink coupons.

Personally, the beverage option seems to cancel out the healthy lifestyle choice. On the other hand, perhaps it may help encourage a child to get off the couch and onto the slopes.

There are two different types of FREE family fun passports: Learn to Ski/Snowboard or Ski and Ride.  The Ski and Ride Passport is a booklet of coupons for free lift tickets (with adult purchase) for 31 listed ski mountains including the Adirondack ski resorts of Gore, Big Tupper, Hickory Ski Center, Whiteface, TitusMcCauley and Oak Mountain. For each paying adult, the child gets to use one coupon up to three times per participating ski area.

Here is the 2015 commemorative poster
The Learn to Ski/Snowboard program includes one free lesson, rental and lift ticket, one 20% discount on a Learn to Ski/Snowboard package and one 20% discount on an Adult Learn to Ski/Snowboard package.

The fourth grader does not need to reside in New York State or be enrolled in traditional school.
Home-schooled children just need to present a birth certificate or a letter on letterhead from the school district. For proof of grade either supply a copy of a current school report card, birth certificate or letter on letterhead from the school district along with the application.

As it may seem too good to be true, there is a $25.00 processing fee but for those parents planning on either trying a ski program or perhaps only going a few times, this could add up to big savings. It is only helpful if a third or fourth resides with the parent.

Here is a link to all New York State participating ski resorts. 


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