It’s snow secret that Utah has The Greatest Snow on Earth. But did you know that all 5th and 6th grade kids can take advantage of skiing 13 resorts this season? Enter the Ski Utah Passport Program.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Passport, the whole program is going digital. Nathan Rafferty, Ski Utah's President and CEO, understands first hand the importance of integrating technology to the Passport Program. “The Passport Program going digital allows us to streamline the process and get kids on the slopes in less time.” Instead of a physical booklet, this year everything will be available online.
Barbara Schmidt fondly remembers when her children, now in college, participated in the Passport program. “It’s the best value out there - I mourned when my children had outgrown it.” This program has grown in popularity and now over 10,000 kids are anticipated to take advantage of the program during the 2018-2019 season.
Fifth-grade student Ben Richards is excited to ski all the resorts this season. “I can’t wait to ski with my friends this year," he said. "I’ve been looking forward to it since my brother Max did the Passport program three years ago. Max did snowboarding and I’m doing skiing.”
Children between the ages of 10 and 12 are usually strong enough to begin participating in the sport to a greater extent. Fifth and sixth graders are in an important developmental stage where they begin to choose either a healthy, active lifestyle or a more sedentary one for the future. Generally, children who choose the former stay active as adults.
If you’ve got a Fifth grader, you can apply for the Passport and you’ll get access to ski or ride three times at each of Utah's 13 resorts. That’s 39 days of skiing! How awesome is that? That’s a lot of skiing and a lot of opportunity. If you know of a fifth grader in Utah, make sure they take a chance on this ski passport. Even if they have never skied before, it’s a great time to start.
For those of you who’d like to take advantage of the Passport Program for a sixth grader, you can expect to get access to ski or ride one time at each of Utah's 13 resorts. Again, this will be a fun year of exploring and learning how to ski for the sixth graders who live in Utah. Not a lot of kids get an opportunity like this, so it’s important to take advantage of it all.
With unparalleled savings, you’ll want to take advantage of this now. The cost is a $45 administration fee. For fifth graders it breaks down to nearly a dollar a day of skiing. For sixth graders you can ski for just over three dollars a day.
The application is now open and parents apply on behalf of your fifth or sixth grader.
A good photo should have a blank background. Your child’s face should be visible. No goggles, sunglasses or hats.
One way to do this is to snap a picture of your child with your phone standing in front of a blank wall. Scanning in their school picture will work, too.
Go to skiutah.com/passport.
You’ll want to create an account in the parent portal. This is important because it will be your way to check when passes are redeemed. The parent portal will become your hub for discounts, coupons and future deals. So, you’ll want to use an email and phone number that you check; not a spam email or a phone number that doesn’t work.
Next, you’ll want to fill out your child’s information.
There is a $45.00 processing fee for the Passport program. Besides freeskiing and snowboarding, the Passport includes discounts on ski and snowboard lessons, equipment rental, attractions and various other things.
Once your application has been accepted, you’ll receive an email confirmation with lift ticket redemption instructions.
5th and 6th grade Passport holders that ski all 13 resorts can enter the Little Yeti Of the Year Contest for a chance to win sweet prizes from Rossignol, Smith, Hot Chillys and more.
There are tons of additional savings when it comes to the Passport that are only available in the Parent Portal. Make sure you check out the whole page as there are lots of discounts available.
To redeem the discounts and coupons, your child must be present. That means if you’re taking advantage of a free pass, your kid needs to be there too. There are hundreds of dollars off ski rentals, equipment, and deals, so you’ll want to be sure to really explore the Parent Portal.
Now you can join your fifth or sixth grader on the slopes with the Yeti pass. For $649 you can ski once at the following resorts, that’s only $50 per resort. The Yeti pass does have a limited quantity, so if you know your child is signing up for the Passport, be sure to reserve your Yeti pass today.
Eligible resorts include: Alta, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head, Brighton, Deer Valley Resort, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City Mountain, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Solitude Mountain Resort and Sundance.
The Ski Utah Passport really teaches a lifetime love of skiing. We’ll look for you on the slopes. I’m excited to try skiing at new resorts this season. Be sure to tag @SkiUtah and use the hashtag #skiutah so we can see all of your awesome adventures! And, if you're looking for other deals for kiddos, you'll want to read: Finding the Best Ski Deals for Kids.