Editor’s note: This article was updated on Feb. 26, 2020.
It’s not exactly free, but the SnowPass comes close.
The SnowPass program, coordinated by the Canadian Ski Council, gives all Canadian kids in grade 4 and 5 an opportunity to get two days on each participating slope, all for only $29.95. More than 150 ski areas across Canada are part of the SnowPass program.
All kids like to slide on snow. Its one of the most basic sources of pleasure in the winter, besides carving turns on the ice.
Every child needs an opportunity to slide on snow. They can do it lying down on a crazy carpet, sitting on a luge or standing on skis or on a snowboard. After a little practice, kids will the hang of shifting their weight around to turn with confidence. That is where the life long snow sliding addiction begins.
“Introducing children to skiing and snowboarding at an early age gives them lifetime access to these healthy winter sports,” says Patrick Arkeveld, who heads up the Council. “It keeps them fit, less prone to obesity, and outside and active during the winter months. Better yet, skiing and snowboarding are sports kids can do with the entire family for a lifetime.”
Kids can hike to ski or snowboard any snow covered mound, but there will come a time when the chairlift becomes a necessity rather than a luxury. That’s where the SnowPass really comes in handy.
And with more than 150 participating areas, your 9- and 10-year-olds could get some 450 days of skiing for only $30.
Sign up today!
The SnowPass card is accepted at 150+ ski/snowboard areas, including:
- 32 ski areas in British Columbia,
- 19 ski areas in Alberta,
- 1 ski area in Saskatchewan,
- 2 ski areas in Manitoba,
- 33 ski areas in Ontario,
- 57 ski areas in Quebec,
- 8 in Atlantic Canada,
- 1 in the Yukon.