Getting kids outside to experience all that Idaho has to offer can be challenging, especially in winter. Many parents start their kids out early, teaching them to ski or snowboard at ages as young as three or four... But Ski Idaho has a program that focuses on kids at a turning point; fifth and sixth graders.
For a one-time $18 processing fee, Ski Idaho will e-mail a passport that gives your fifth grader three free days at eighteen ski resorts, and your sixth grader two free days at seventeen mountains.
From Bogus Basin in our own back yard, to the nation's first resort; Sun Valley. From Brundage and Tamarack in the Long Valley, all the way up to the panhandle and Schweitzer Mountain's views of Lake Pend Oreille. There is what many consider a hidden gem called Lookout Pass on the continental divide north of Salmon Idaho, and the grand views of the Tetons and the waste-deep powder at Grand Targhee, which sits just across the Wyoming border, but is accessible only through Idaho's Teton Valley.
The program is obviously an effort to get more families on the snow. A parent or guardian must be present, and skiers must show the passport at each resort to receive the lift tickets. Ski Idaho hopes families will take advantage of the free passes to explore as much of the skiing and boarding available throughout the gem state.