Fourth and Fifth Graders Ski & Ride for FREE in Pennsylvania & Have a Chance to Win FREE Gilson Skis and Boards

The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association wants to make it easy and fun for families to learn a new sport and stay active this winter. The Snowpass program provides every fourth and fifth grader the opportunity to ski or snowboard for free, up to three times at 21 participating Pennsylvania area ski resorts, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Why a 4th & 5th Grade Snowpass Program?

Skiing and snowboarding provide families the opportunity to exercise outside together during the winter months. A ninety-pound youth can burn between two and three hundred calories per hour skiing and / or snowboarding depending on their activity level. Skiing and snowboarding are listed among the activities included in the President’s Challenge organized by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Children and adults can earn points toward a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award by skiing and snowboarding.

What is Included?

  • One complimentary Child’s Learn to Ski/Snowboard Package (includes beginner lift, lesson and equipment rental) when accompanied by a paying adult
  • Three complimentary child’s day lift tickets to each of the 21 participating member resorts.
  • One 50% off the Adult Learn to Ski/Snowboard package to resort of choice.

Any other Incentives?

In celebration of the sixteenth anniversary of the Snowpass program, SkiPA has partnered with SHEETZ and Gilson Snow to give away over 100 FREE skis and snowboards. The first 60 skiers and 60 snowboarders to reach five days on the mountain with their Snowpass will win a FREE Special Edition pair of Gilson Youth Skis or Gilson Snowboards. On February 1, one grand prize winner will be selected from the group that hits the milestone and will have an opportunity to tour the Gilson shop and build their very own custom pair of skis or snowboard (this will be free in addition to the one that they already received). The winner can work with the Gilson artist to create a personalized design and the artist will bring it to life. There is no need to enter, the Snowpass automatically counts the visits and winners will be posted on the SkiPA website.

Where Can a 4th or 5th Grader Ski for Free?

Any of the Pennsylvania ski area resorts below:

Anything Else?

The Snowpass program is not restricted to residents of Pennsylvania. Any fourth or fifth grade student can participate by completing a simple application and providing a report card or other document verifying they are currently in the fourth or fifth grade. A photo of the student is also required. You can apply online at on the SkiPA website or download an application and apply by mail. There is a nominal administration/processing fee of $35 and $40 December 1, 2019 or after. Quantities are limited. Snowpasses are issued on a first come, first serve basis. Details of the program including rules and black-out dates can be found on the SkiPA website.

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