Have you heard about ISKINY‘s program that gets your 3rd and 4th graders on the slopes for free? Yup— children in grades 3 and 4 are eligible to participate in a program that gets them started with skiing and snowboarding for almost free (just a nominal processing charge applies!).
About the ISKINY Free for Kids Passport Program
This year marks the programs 20th season. Since the 1999-2000 ski season, the Passport Program has introduced thousands of kids to alpine winter sports. This year, there will be no blackout dates for the free lift ticket program, but blackout dates will apply to the Learn to Ski & Ride part of the program, but only at a handful of ski areas.source
Parents of third and fourth graders can choose from two options
- Ski & Ride passport – NO BLACKOUT DATES
- This gets your child a free lift ticket with an adult purchase, up to 3 times each at every participating ski area. This is awesome, especially if you go during peak times.
- Learn to Ski and Ride Passport
- This gives your child one full beginner package at each participating ski area, which includes rental equipment, a beginner lesson, and a lift ticket. And that’s right— that’s good for one “learn to” package at each participating ski area!
How it works
After submitting an application and proof of your child’s grade, you’ll receive the passport(s) in the mail. They look like debit cards and you’ll need to have them with you to redeem the benefits at any participating ski area.
There is a processing fee of $31 for each type of passport per child, or $62 for both passports per child.** However even with those processing fees, this is an excellent deal— if your child gets the combo passport, you’re already ahead after one visit to the slopes for a Learn to Ski program.
This ISKINY Free for Kids Passport Program is a great way to introduce your child to the world of skiing and snowboarding without breaking the bank. Sign up and use it just once during the season, and you will have already gotten your money’s worth.
- Prices noted are from the 2019-2020 season.
- Be aware that some ski areas have blackout dates on major bank/school holidays – but only for the Learn to Ski and Ride Passport. The Ski or Ride Free Passport does not have blackout dates. The overwhelming majority of weekends during the season are available for use with the pass.
- The passes for the 2019-2020 season will expire on 05/01/2020
Participating Ski Areas in and near the Hudson Valley
Go here to see a full list of participating ski areas. Below, you’ll find a list of the participating mountains in (or relatively near) the Hudson Valley.
|Ulster County||Belleayre Mountain||Ski Free + Learn to Ski||—|
|Columbia County||Catamount Mountain Resort||SKi Free||4th Graders only|
|Warren County||Gore Mountain||Ski Free||—|
|Greene County||Hunter Mountain||Ski Free||—|
|Orange County||Mount Peter||Ski Free + Learn to Ski||Blackout Dates: Christmas Break: 12/21/19 – 1/6/20; MLK Weekend: 1/18/20 – 1/20/20; February Break: 2/15/20 – 2/23/20|
|Delaware County||Plattekill Mountain||Ski Free||Blackout Dates: Christmas Break: 12/21/19 – 1/6/20; MLK Weekend: 1/18/20 – 1/20/20; February Break: 2/15/20 – 2/23/20|
|Putnam County||Thunder Ridge Ski Area||Ski Free + Learn to Ski||Blackout Dates: Christmas Break: 12/21/19 – 1/6/20; MLK Weekend: 1/18/20 – 1/20/20; February Break: 2/15/20 – 2/23/20|
|Warren County||West Mountain||Ski Free + Learn to Ski|
|Essex County||Whiteface Mountain||Ski Free||—|
|Washington County||Willard Mountain||Ski Free + Learn to Ski||—|
|Greene County||Windham Mountain||Ski Free + Learn to Ski||Blackout Dates: Christmas Break: 12/21/19 – 1/6/20; MLK Weekend: 1/18/20 – 1/20/20; February Break: 2/15/20 – 2/23/20; Requires a reloadable Windham RFID card ($5 – purchased onsite)|