It’s no secret that getting into a new sport can be expensive, but for some students, discovering the thrills of skiing and snowboarding doesn’t require much investment. Open to fifth and sixth graders everywhere, Ski Utah’s Passport program provides students with free lift tickets to all ski resorts in Utah during the 2012-13 season.

Well okay, it’s not entirely free. There is a $25 shipping and processing fee, but the fee is well worth it.

With the Ski Utah Passport, fifth graders can ski or ride three times at each of Utah’s 14 ski resorts for a total of 42 days. Sixth graders receive one free day at each of Utah’s resorts. Both age groups are privy to special deals like discounted lessons and ski or snowboard rentals to make their allowance budget stretch farther.

To help keep kids hooked on shredding beyond one winter, every Passport passholder will receive a free one-year subscription to TransWorld Snowboarding or SKI magazine.

Even parents can join their kids on this epic tour de Utah. For $549, the Yeti Pass provides adults with one lift ticket to all 14 resorts, which breaks down to $39 a day.

The Fifth and Sixth Grade Passports are available to fifth and sixth grade students only, and you don't need to be a Utah resident. Passports may be obtained by submitting an application online or through the mail. To apply for a Ski Utah Passport, click here. A limited number of Yeti Passes are available online here.