I got this in my email yesterday and thought I'd share. How many other ski states have such programs for kids?
|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.