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Area hills participate in free skiing program

If you have a 5th or 6th grader who loves to ski or snowboard or one who’d like to learn, you’ll want to take advantage of the free skiing program offered by the Idaho Ski Areas Association, a.k.a. Ski Idaho.

Ski Idaho’s 5th and 6th Grade Ski-Free Passport Program allows 5th graders to ski three days for free or discounted at all 18 Gem State ski resorts and lets 6th graders ski two days free or discounted at 16 mountains.

Participating locally include Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill at Grangeville (, and Cottonwood Butte at Cottonwood (

Complete the application available at and pay a $15 processing fee to order a passport for your child. Ski Idaho will e-mail you a passport you can print out prior to hitting the slopes or pull up on your smartphone when you walk up to the ticket window. Your child must have a parent or guardian present to use the passport, and it must be shown at the resort in order to receive the lift ticket.

Founded in 1982, the Idaho Ski Areas Association, a.k.a. Ski Idaho, is a nonprofit association funded by the Idaho Travel Council via the state’s 2 percent lodging tax paid by travelers and collected by hotel, motel, and private campground owners.


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