4th and 5th graders can ski for free this winter

This holiday season, you can pick up a SnowPass for your 4th or 5th grader and give the gift of skiing and snowboarding. Since Christmas break is almost here, the kids can hit the local slopes and get involved in the season’s hottest sports.

Parents know skiing and snowboarding aren’t just great ways to have fun and stay active during the winter; they’re also excellent excuses for families to spend time together and discover new traditions. If your kids have never tried downhill snow sports before, there’s no need to worry. The Canadian Ski Council’s SnowPass program is specifically designed to make getting started easy and affordable for families. Just pick up a 4th or 5th grade SnowPass for your child and receive three free lift tickets at each participating ski area all across the country. There are over 150 Canadian locations participating, including local sites such as Camp Fortune, Edelweiss, Mont Cascades, Mont Ste-Marie, Vorlage and Mount Pakenham.

Registering is easy and open to any child in grade 4 or 5 (born in 2002 or 2003). You can pick up a SnowPass application at participating Sport Chek locations or online at www.snowpass.ca  Just visit www.snowpass.ca, upload your child’s picture and proof of age, enter your method of payment and presto! Your child’s personalized SnowPass will be mailed directly to your home.

There is a small administration and delivery fee of $29.95 including taxes. But the payback is big: three free ski passes for participating ski areas right across Canada. And that gives your youngster hundreds of chances to ski or snowboard for no cost.

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