Youngsters can ski and snowboard for free with Grade 4&5 pass

Lots of time to get out and enjoy skiing and snowboarding this winter

YOUNG SKIERS IN Grades 4 and 5 can ski for free this winter at local slopes.

YOUNG SKIERS IN Grades 4 and 5 can ski for free this winter at local slopes.

Winter officially began four weeks ago so there is still a lot of winter left and what better way to enjoy the season, then out skiing and snowboarding at some of Canada’s great ski and snowboard areas! The best part, grade 4’s and 5’s can do it for free with the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass! The Canadian Ski Council has been providing kids in grade 4 and 5 with free skiing and snowboarding for 15 years with the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass program. This year we have already processed over 23,000 applications for the SnowPass program and we still have lots left, so apply today. Remember, there are still 2 to 3 months left of winter, so get outside and enjoy it!

These lucky 9 and 10 year old (or born in 2001 or 2002) children from across Canada have the opportunity to ski or ride for free up to three times at each participating ski area in their region this winter. There are 60 ski areas on the Canada West SnowPass card (available to residents of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba), and 92 ski areas on the Canada East SnowPass card (available to residents of Ontario, Québec, and Atlantic Canada). The SnowPass amounts to hundreds of days of free skiing and snowboarding this season! For a complete list of participating ski areas and to see if your local ski area is part of the program, please visit

Since the Grade 4 &5 SnowPass program began 15 years ago, over half a million children have taken part. Each year the popularity of the program builds – after all, what child (or parent) wouldn’t jump at the chance for some free and exciting winter fun! One of the great things about the program is that it encourages children to stay active during our Canadian winter. It’s also a wonderful way to introduce kids to the sports of skiing and snowboarding.

“Skiing and snowboarding are excellent ways to get kids outside and active in winter,” says Colin Chedore, President of the Canadian Ski Council (CSC). “Skiing and snowboarding are healthy and fun outdoor activities, and what’s more, they’re family sports that everyone can enjoy.”

Applications for the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass program are available online at All you have to do is upload your child’s picture, proof of age and enter your method of payment and presto! Your child’s personalized SnowPass will be mailed directly to your home.

Remember, this year anyone in grade 4 or 5 or born in 2001 or 2002 can ski or ride for free this winter!

The Canadian Ski Council was founded in 1977 to work on the behalf of the Canadian snowsports industry to increase participation in recreational snowboarding, alpine and cross-country skiing in Canada.


For more information, contact Colin Chedore, President, Canadian Ski Council, 705-445-9140, email:, or visit: