Kids Ski Free with Ski Utah’s Passport Program
By Jodi Saeland
Did you know 5th and 6th-grade kids ski free at all 14 Utah resorts this season? With Ski Utah’s 5th and 6th Grade Passports, 5th graders receive 42 days of skiing or boarding—three days at each of Utah’s resorts—and 6th graders receive one day of free skiing or boarding at all 14 resorts.
The purpose of the pass is to get kids at a crucial stage of development to choose healthy activities, make them lifelong participants in skiing and snowboarding, and help them decide where to get a season pass in the future.
And signing up is easy. To apply for a Ski Utah Passport:
- Visit the Ski Utah Passport site.
- Pay $35 application fee and fill out the application. Fee increases to $45 after January 31.
- Upload a photo of your child.
- Wait for the passport to arrive in the mail.
- Grab your skis or boards and head to the mountains.
Ski Utah Passports have a photo of the passport holder in the front—just like a regular passport—with coupons inside for each resort. To get lift tickets, kids must bring the passport to the ticket window every time they ski. The passport also includes discount coupons for summer activities, ski/board rentals, and discounts for Mom and Dad.
Learn more about the program from Emily and Brennan, siblings who are promoting it as Ski Utah Passport Ambassadors. They’ll be visiting resorts, creating videos, and giving tips to kids throughout the season. Here’s their take on the benefits and why they love it:
“The passport’s amazing because it gives kids the chance to put down those phones and devices and go skiing or snowboarding.” says Emily, a 12-year-old skier, “Kids may never know if they can land a 360 or a backflip because they never tried. Use this passport to get out into Utah’s amazing mountains.”
Ten-year-old snowboarder, Brennan, has been riding since he was four and uses his passport to improve, “I am a slopestyle snowboarder. Slopestyle is a type of snowboarding where you go on the big jumps, and launch off of them.”
The free days with the Passport let him practice his technique at more resorts.
He loves that it’s an affordable way for newbies and experienced youngsters to ski all of Utah’s resorts, “For kids who have thought about skiing or snowboarding and have never been, 5th grade is a great time to start. You can get 3 days free at every resort in Utah with the 5th grade passport. It’s a great deal.” says Brenan. “If you don’t have your own equipment, it’s no big deal because a lot of the ski shops offer season rental deals for around a $100.”
Whether they’re expert shredders or total newbs, your kids ski free in Utah this season with a 5th or 6th grade passport. Visit SkiUtah.com to sign up and follow the adventures, blog, and videos of Emily and Brennan.