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In Vermont, Fifth Graders Ski and Snowboard for Free 

Published November 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. | Updated December 2, 2022 at 8:02 p.m.

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Snow sports make winters in the Green Mountain State so much more enjoyable, but they're not cheap. For example, a one-day, regular season lift ticket for a 6- to 18-year-old at Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville runs $65. And that doesn't include equipment rentals or lessons.

To make wintry fun a little more accessible, Ski Vermont runs the Fifth Grade Passport program. Each year, the nonprofit trade organization, which represents member resorts, offers fifth graders a passport that includes three lift tickets at 20 participating resorts and up to three cross-country trail pass vouchers at each resort.

The passport costs $20; students must be currently enrolled in the fifth grade to participate, though they don't have to attend school in Vermont. To take advantage of the free passes, young skiers and riders must be accompanied by a ticket- or season pass-holding adult.

Families interested in accessing the program can register now; the passport is valid from December 1, 2022, through May 1, 2023. Said Ski Vermont office and programs manager Alicia O'Gorman: "Historically, we have not sold out, but we do only offer a set amount each season, so we recommend purchasing sooner rather than later."

Learn more and sign up for a pass at

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.


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