Pennsylvania Ski Resorts want kids to hit the slopes — so they are offering 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to SKI FREE with a Pennsylvania Snowpass! (You don’t have to be a Pennsylvania resident to take advantage of the discount!)

Here’s the scoop: The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association invites 4th and 5th graders to ski or snowboard for FREE up to three times at participating Pennsylvania Area Ski Resorts. Additionally, fourth and fifth graders can take advantage of a beginner lift, lesson, and rental package free and 50% off a beginner lift, lesson and rental package for the accompanying adult.  Snowpasses are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost? A $40 online processing fee. You will also have to include verification of your child’s grade (last year’s report card works) and a photo with your application. 

Last year, over 10,000 kids took advantage of the program. Since some resorts less than a 90 minute drive from the city, this is a discount you want to take advantage. (And hey – at 50% off, might as well take a lesson, too!)

“We have found that fourth and fifth graders are at the ideal age to learn a new sport with ease and to excel rapidly,” said PSAA Executive Director Linda Irvin. Through the Snowpass Program an on-mountain experience, students can see the lessons of their 4th & 5th grade science studies in action (such as water resources at work, geology structure, and the physics of lift mechanics).”

According to the Snowpass website, participating resorts include:

Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Big Boulder Resort
Blue Knob Resort
Blue Mountain Resort
Camelback Mountain Resort
Elk Mountain
Hidden Valley Resort
Jack Frost Mountain
Laurel Mountain
Liberty Mountain
Montage Mountain
Roundtop Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Shawnee Mountain
Ski Big Bear
Ski Sawmill Family Resort
Tussey Mountain
Whitetail Resort

For more information and to apply for a pass, visit the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association website.