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Ski or Ride FREE with NYS Third and Fourth Grader Passport

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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.

Adirondack Ski Mountain Ski Swaps

By Diane Chase, from my weekly Adirondack Almanack post Being an active family, my kids seems to outgrown their sporting gear before I’ve finished tying up the laces. For other parents looking to outfit their children for the winter ski season, a ski swap is a nice starting place. A ski swap can also be a much-needed opportunity to clean house Generally the ski swaps are consignments where you drop off your gear, helmets, and winter clothing a day before the event. If the gear sells then you will receive 80% of the set sale price. Usually the funds generated benefit a special organization like ski clubs or ski patrols so the 20% commission goes to support the sport. It is best to ask what each ski swap's arrangement is, as it varies with location. Keep in mind no “collector’s items” like wooden skis and only clothing in good condition.   Lake Placid: November 5, 9:00 a.m. – noon In Lake Placid, the   Lake Placid Ski Club/NYSEF Ski Swap   is asking for any winter gear from

Adirondack Family Activities: Spring skiing at Whiteface and Gore

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By Diane Chase This weekend   Whiteface Mountain   will celebrate its last  The annual pond skimming contest will take place at the base of Whiteface on April 9th  with no entry fee required. Skiers and snowboards will try to gain as much speed as possible to "skim" across a man made pond to win prizes for longest distance, biggest and best splash and best costume. Pond skimming at Whiteface is not just for ticket holders. Spectators can access the event for free. For those in need of accessibility, the event will have a limited view from the sun deck. Pond skimming can be viewed from the gondola but tickets are required. 

Adirondack Spring Skiing: What ski mountains are still open?

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Gore Mountain is celebrating the last weekend of "Take Your Son Skiing" where all sons 19 and under can ski/snowboard for free with a paying adult Whiteface is open and will be celebrating SpringFest with a pirate themed weekend of activities McCauley Mountain is open and Friday is Crazy Friday where all tickets are $12 and tomorrow will bring on the Snowmaker's Ball. West Mountain is celebrating its Family Fun Day on March 26th with carboard sled races, pond skimming, BBQ and more. Big Tupper, Mt Pisgah, Oak Mountain are all closed for the season.

Adirondack Ski Mountains: Mt Pisgah ski events

January 2nd will kick off the beginning of ski racing at Mt Pisgah in Saranac Lake. Below are a list of scheduled events for those interested in ski lessons and races. January 2 = Candy Bar Races start Saturday at 10:15 @ Pisgah January 5 = NYSEF Race training is starting 5:30 @ Pisgah January 12 = Ski lessons at Mt Pisgah will start for the Tuesday - Thursday lessons. January 13 Ski lessons at Mt Pisgah will start for the Wednesday-Friday lessons. To register 4:30-5:30 arrive at least 1/2 hour early. Lessons start @ 5:30. Be on the hill ready to go at 5:30. January 17 = The Golden Ski Race

Saranac Lake Ski and Skate Swap

It doesn’t happen that frequently so I want to take my bows when I can. In a clairvoyant moment I decided to get all the children’s winter gear out of storage to check for sizes. It was a bright sunny day and the youngsters huffed and puffed about having to wiggle into ski boots, helmets and snow pants. We made quick work of it and as much as I would like to squeeze another season out of the ski boots, my son’s feet just keep on growing. The children’s reaction to waking up to snow was so different from my own. They quickly got dressed and put on their winter gear. (Thank you very much, Clairvoyant Mom!) They threw a few soggy snowballs and attempted an angel. I on the other hand wonder why I can see only into my children’s future. I didn’t occur to me to grab a jacket for myself, let along hat and gloves. Now that I have organized my children’s gear and requested that the next growth spurt be in spring, I eagerly await the annual Ski and Skate Swap! Items need to be dropped off at

Adirondack Family Time: McCauley Mountain Chairlift

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There are only 60 chairs on the double chairlift at McCauley Mountain, down about 20 from its winter route. All the unused chairs are lined up freshly painted and repaired waiting for the start of the winter season. It is a smooth and steady 2, 200’ ride to the top. It does seem odd to be riding a chairlift in autumn. The children are lined up waiting their turn, pretending they are going to hit the moguls on the way down. We even encounter the prerequisite lost lift item request from a couple already lift bound. We retrieve the shoe and are thankful it’s just a kicked off flip-flop and not a ski buried in the snow. It is a leisurely ride to the top so we are able to glance around at the view of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, Old Forge and Grey Lake. Our exit is uneventful without the cumbersome addition of ski gear. Cinderella is patiently waiting at top for her lost shoe. Picnic tables and Adirondack chairs are scattered about. The children run about finding playmates to explore the b

5th Graders Ski Free in Vermont

For a $10 processing free any 5th grader can get a 5th Grade Passport that is valid at participating Vermont Alpine and Nordic ski areas from December 1, 2009 to May 1, 2010 except on the blackout dates stated on the individual coupons and the application. It can take up to three weeks to receive the passport so fill out the application as soon as possible! The Passport may be used to obtain no more than three (3) complimentary one-day tickets or trail passes at each participating Vermont ski area between December 1, 2009 and May 1, 2010, subject to the blackout dates listed on the back of Passport coupons. The following resorts are participating for the season: The following ski areas are participating for the season: Ascutney Mountain, Bolton Valley Resort, Cochran's, Bromley Mountain, Burke Mountain, Jay Peak Resort, Killington Resort, Mad River Glen, Magic Mountain, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Mount Snow Resort, Pico Mountain, Okemo Mountain Resort, Smugglers' Notch