SnowPass allows kids to ski virtually free

Approximately 125 hills offer this deal to youngsters in the hopes they will develop a love of skiing and snowboarding from a young age

SnowPass Canadian Ski Council

Children in Grades 4 and 5 can now ski and snowboard virtually for free, thanks to the Canadian Ski Council’s SnowPass.

The pass, available for a $29.99 administration fee, includes two lift tickets at each of the 125 participating ski areas across the country. Parents can apply online and  an e-pass will be sent to the email address on the child’s application. The SnowPass should arrive by post within three weeks of receiving the e-pass. Some ski /snowboard hills have blackout periods, may require a paying adult to accompany the student, or have a customized offer. All this information will be in a folder your receive with the pass.

This year, all visits to ski hills must be prebooked for contact tracing and capacity limits.

Apply online for your ticket to ski

In order to book in advance, participants must do the following:

  1. Login to your Account with your email and password.
  2. Click on Book my Visit and follow the instructions.
  3. As long as the ski area has capacity and you have not redeemed both free passes for that ski area, you will be able to book your visit.
  4. A digital bar code will be issued to present at the ski area ticket window for a pass.

Originally this was a province-wide offer but it is now a Canada-wide pass. So if you live in Quebec but vacationing in Alberta, your kids can use their pass while on holiday. The pass can be used as soon as the hills are open for business.

This program has been running for 18 years and more than 500,000 students have availed of this offer. If your child is in Grade 4 and applies for the pass, it is good for two years, no need to reapply in Grade 5.

Applications will be accepted until the end of February, 2021. For more information, visit www.snowpass.ca