Wintergreen Resort in Virginia is offering free ski and snowboard passes to every 5th and 6th grader in much of the mid-Atlantic three times this winter.

The free passes are part of Wintergreen's 5th & 6th Grade Snow License Program designed to encourage skiing and snowboarding among youngsters.

The program is open to all Virginia, North Carolina, D.C., Maryland, and West Virginia students currently enrolled in 5th or 6th grade, including those who are home schooled.

"It's important to introduce snow sports to new audiences," said Jay Roberts, vice president of mountain operations for Wintergreen Resort, located in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. "This program is part of an industry-wide effort focused on attracting newer, younger participants and converting them into loyal skiers and riders."

Children who enroll in the Snow License program will receive a complimentary lift ticket based on the purchase of an adult lift ticket, which is discounted by $15 for an eight-hour session or by $10 for a four-hour lift ticket. Each Snow License holder will receive three complimentary lift tickets per Snow License. The program runs Sunday through Friday throughout the season, with blackout dates Dec. 29 to Jan. 2; Jan. 16; and Feb. 20. An additional adult or sibling may purchase a lift ticket at the same discounted price, but no other special offers apply. The maximum ratio is one adult per two Snow License participants.

More information. Or call 434-325-2200.