If you have a 5th or 6th grader who loves to ski or snowboard or one who’d like to learn, you’ll want to take advantage of the free skiing program offered by the Idaho Ski Areas Association, a.k.a. Ski Idaho.
The Idaho Peak Season Passport lets 5th and 6th graders ski or board 18 mountains for only 18 bucks. The program allows 5th graders to ride three days for free at all 18 Gem State ski resorts and offers 6th graders two days free at 17 mountains. It is open to any child from any state or country — NOT just Idaho kids.
Complete the application available at skiidaho.us/programs/passport and pay an $18 processing fee to order a passport for your child. Ski Idaho will email you a passport you can print out prior to hitting the slopes or pull up on your smartphone when you walk up to the ticket window. Your child must have a parent or guardian present to use the passport, and it must be shown at the resort in order to receive the lift ticket.
Participating resorts include:
Bald Mountain — skibaldmountain.com, Bogus Basin — bogusbasin.org, Brundage — brundage.com, Cottonwood Butte — cottonwoodbutte.org, Grand Targhee — grandtarghee.com, Kelly Canyon — skikelly.com, Little Ski Hill – payettelakesskiclub.org/little-ski-hill, Lookout Pass — skilookout.com, Lost Trail — losttrail.com, Magic Mountain — magicmountainresort.com, Pebble Creek — pebblecreekskiarea.com, Pomerelle (5th grade only) — pomerelle.com, Schweitzer — schweitzer.com, Silver Mountain — silvermt.com, Snowhaven — grangeville.us/snowhaven-ski-and-tubing-hill, Soldier Mountain — soldiermountain.com, Sun Valley — sunvalley.com, Tamarack — tamarackidaho.com
Participating ski hills reserve the right to limit passport use for ski racers, on race days, and on any scheduled blackout dates that may apply. Visit skiidaho.us/blackout-dates for a list of scheduled blackout dates, and check with your ski hill for full details.