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I got this in my email yesterday and thought I'd share. How many other ski states have such programs for kids?
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Idaho (November 18, 2008) – Ski Idaho’s Fifth Grade Passport program coaxes youths to take advantage of Idaho’s vast winter recreation opportunities by offering free lift tickets for the 2008/2009 season.

The Fifth Grade Passport program promises Idaho’s youth free lift tickets to 14 different ski mountains as a way to get more kids playing in the snow. Other than the initial $10 processing fee for the passport, the program gives any Idaho fifth grader the chance to truly ski Idaho – but for free. Equipment and know-how are not barriers either, as many of the participating resorts offer discounts on lessons and rental equipment.

As a former Health and Physical Education Teacher, Lori Otter has been encouraging kids to live active healthy lifestyles for many years. “Get out and enjoy an active outdoors lifestyle on our millions of acres of wild forests,” said Otter. “From skiing and snowboarding to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, our outdoor winter recreation opportunities are endless.”

Developing an active lifestyle at a young age is crucial to living a long and happy life. It has been proven that regular exercise decreases chances of getting heart disease, boosts immune systems and enhances self-esteem. To ensure kids stay active year-round - the Fifth Grade Passport program enables them to affordably partake in winter exercise and create healthy habits at a young age. In fact, the program helped more than 2,400 fifth graders become active during the 2007/2008 season alone.

Registering to get the passport is easy, the application and program details can be found at www.skiidaho.us. After submitting the application along with a photo and check for $10, the student can ski free at: Bald Mountain, Bogus Basin Recreation Area, Brundage Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Mountain Resort, Kelly Canyon, Lookout Mountain, Lost Trail, Magic Mountain, Pebble Creek, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Silver Mountain, Soldier Mountain, Sun Valley and Tamarack Resort.
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Colorado has a similar program called the 5th Grade Passport which provided 3 days of skiing at 21 of our Colorado resorts. Nice in that it is open to all 5th graders, not just Colorado residence. One can apply online at passport.coloradoski.com.
Vail Resorts pulled out of the program this year. However, they have set up their own 5th Grade School of Shred pass. Again this is free and as a bonus they are also offering this free to 6th graders instead of charging a "graduate upgrade pass" fee.

Herman
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There's a similar program in Canada: http://www.snowpass.ca/
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vermont has this and I think some other north east states
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I’ve always been a little cynical about this promotion. At grade five, the lift tickets are still really cheap and he kids will bring the family out. The resort makes real money on mom, dad, brother, and sister.
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The Pennsylvania Ski Area Association http://www.skipa.com has a 4th and 5th grade season pass program. It cost $15 and a report card with passing grades. You get 3 free lift tickets per each of the association's 21 member area. Click on the above link for details.

This program is great with 3 nearby resorts participating. That gives us 9 free days locally for my son and an excuse to take a few road trips. Lucky for me this program was just expanded to include 5th grade this year.
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I’ve always been a little cynical about this promotion. At grade five, the lift tickets are still really cheap and he kids will bring the family out. The resort makes real money on mom, dad, brother, and sister.
There needs to be some incentive to join the program, don't you think?
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Kids

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Originally Posted by nolo View Post
There needs to be some incentive to join the program, don't you think?

Also, Lookout Pass Ski Area (Hwy 90 Montana/Idaho Border) has a free instruction program for kids every Saturday almost all season long. This has been in effective for almost 60 yrs.

See www.skilookout.com
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Also, Lookout Pass Ski Area (Hwy 90 Montana/Idaho Border) has a free instruction program for kids every Saturday almost all season long. This has been in effective for almost 60 yrs.

See www.skilookout.com

Not too cool to use Quote on my own post BUT

What would happen if all ski areas did this? Would we have more skiers? Lookout Mt., a small privately owned area is/are really smart ski area owners. They are creating their future business all by themselves, garnering loyalty and making $ at the same time. Too bad other ski areas aren't so farsighted and smart.

However if all ski areas were this smart the slopes would really be crowded - even in Idaho - UGH

Besides they have a really neat BAR and free popcorn to go with your pitchers at the end of the day. Go Figure.
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