Did you know that most states (with ski resorts) offer state programs for 5th and 6th graders to ski for free (*or a small processing fee)? We've come across two false perceptions this season —1) All state passport programs have been canceled this season due to Covid and 2) You need to be a state resident for many of these deals.
While not completely unfounded and some programs, particularly those in New England, have been suspended this season and others have added restrictions; many passport programs are still available and remain a very cost effective way for children to ski. Here is the inside scoop on major statewide passport programs for the 2020-21 season.**Resorts in blue below link directly to Avant Ski's insider guides.
5th graders: 3 days of skiing at each of Utah's 15 resorts - 45 days total. Cost: $45
6th graders: 1 day of skiing at each of Utah's 15 resorts - 15 days total. Cost: $45
Access to all 15 Resorts in Utah including: Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Solitude, Sundance Resort, Woodward Park City
Covid Restrictions: Many resorts will have restricted access on weekends and holidays this season. Restrictions by resort as follows:
Resorts with Weekend Only Restrictions: Brian Head Resort, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Woodward Park City
5th graders: 3 days of skiing at 21 participating resorts - 63 days total. Cost: $40
6th graders: 4 days of skiing at 21 participating resorts - 84 days total. Cost: $109
Access to 21 Resorts in Colorado Including: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Cooper, Copper Mountain, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Howelsen Hill, Kendall Mountain, Loveland, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park
Covid Restrictions: The Colorado Ski Passport is Only valid on weekends for the 2020-21 season. It is NOT valid on weekends or holidays at any of the resorts.
5th graders: 3 days of skiing at 18 participating resorts - 54 days total. Cost: $18 processing fee
6th graders: 1 day of skiing at 17 participating resorts - 17 days total. Cost: $18 processing fee
For the resorts below: *5th grade only. **Additional $20 for Bald Mountain at Sun Valley
Access to 17 Resorts in Idaho including: Bald Mountain, Bogus Basin, Brundage Mountain, Cottonwood Butte, Grand Targhee, Kelly Canyon, Little Ski Hill, Lookout Pass, Lost Trail, Magic Mountain, Pebble Creek, Pomerelle*, Schweitzer, Silver Mountain, Soldier Mountain, Sun Valley**, Tamarack
Covid Restrictions: Some resorts will have restricted access on weekends and holidays this season. The resorts below will NOT have passport restrictions. For the full list of restriction visit Ski Idaho here.
Resorts without Blackout Dates: Bald Mountain, Brundage Mountain, Grand Targhee, Kelly Canyon, Little Ski Hill, Pebble Creek, Pomerelle, Solider Mountain
Resorts with Blackout Dates TBD: Cottonwood Butte, Lost Trail
New York - SKI NY Passport Program-Kids Ski Free
3rd graders: Up to 3 free lift tickets at participating resorts
4th graders: Up to 3 free lift tickets at participating resorts
Participating Resorts Have Not Yet Been Determined. You can monitor the situation here.
Covid Restrictions: This passport will be valid on weekdays ONLY at participating ski areas. Weekends and holiday including Christmas week (Dec-23 to Jan-2), MLK Day(Jan-18) and President’s week (Feb-13 to Feb-21).
Passport programs suspended for the 2020-21 season
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