It’s great to be a kid in PA! For generations, people have been learning to ski and snowboard in Pennsylvania. With more than 20 ski areas that cater to beginners and experts alike, PA is where it all starts.
For the 12th year, the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association is making skiing or snowboarding free through their Snowpass program for youths in 4th and 5th grades.
The Snowpass program is designed to foster a child's love of skiing or riding, as well as the great outdoors. The goal is give kids the skills, confidence and passion for skiing or snowboarding that will last a lifetime.
Why a 4th & 5th Grade Snowpass Program?
To introduce 4th and 5th graders to the sports of skiing and snowboarding. Also, to remind families that spending time on the mountains is a healthy and FUN family activity. This is a great age for children to learn a new sport with ease and to excel rapidly. Through the Snowpass Program and on-mountain experience, students can see the lessons of their 4th- and 5th-grade science studies in action (such as water resources at work, geology structure, and the physics of lift mechanics). Also, ski resorts are a part of Pennsylvania history.
What is Included?
- One Adult Learn to Ski/Snowboard Package (for accompanying adult) at 50% off retail value
- One complimentary Child’s Learn to Ski/Snowboard Package (includes beginner lift, lesson and equipment rental)
- Three complimentary child’s day lift tickets to each of the 20 participating member resorts.
Where Can a 4th or 5th Grader Ski for Free?
Any of the Pennsylvania ski resorts below:
Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie | www.skibearcreek.com
Big Boulder, Blakeslee | www.jfbb.com
Blue Knob Ski Area, Claysburg | www.blueknob.com
Blue Mountain, Palmerton | www.skibluemt.com
Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville | www.skicamelback.com
Crystal Lake Cross Country Ski Center, Hughesville | www.crystallakeskicenter.com
Elk Mountain, Union Dale | www.elkskier.com
Hidden Valley, Hidden Valley | www.hiddenvalleyresort.com
Jack Frost Mountain, Blakeslee | www.jfbb.com
Liberty Mountain, Carroll Valley | www.libertymountainresort.com
Montage Mountain, Scranton | http://www.montagemountainresorts.com
Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington | www.nemacolin.com
Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry | www.skiroundtop.com
Seven Springs Mtn. Resort, Seven Springs | www.7springs.com
Shawnee Mountain, Shawnee-on-Delaware | www.shawneemt.com
Ski Big Bear, Lackawaxen | www.ski-bigbear.com
Ski Sawmill Family Resort, Morris | www.skisawmill.com
Tussey Mountain, Boalsburg | www.tusseymountain.com
Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg | www.skiwhitetail.com
The Snowpass program is not restricted to residents of Pennsylvania. Any 4th- or 5th-grade student can participate by completing a simple application and providing a report card or other document verifying they are currently in the fourth or fifth grade. Photos for students also are required. There is a nominal administration/processing fee of $30 if purchased prior to December 1, or $35 after December 1, for the Snowpass. There are some basic rules that apply as well as some black-out dates typically around busy holidays. The application can be found on the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association’s Web site at www.skipa.com.