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Vermont is a magical place to bring kids in the winter. Photo Courtesy of Smugglers' Notch.

Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) believes that winter in Vermont is a way of life, an opportunity to get outdoors, to be healthy and active, and to share amazing experiences with friends and family. That's why for 12 years now, they've offered the Fifth Grade Passport program to help enrich the winter experience for families and get kids involved with skiing and riding at a young age.

When it comes to developing skiers and riders, Vermont resorts have a knack for bringing up serious talent—think Hannah Teter, Ross Powers and Kelly Clark to name a few. Ski Vermont isn't guaranteeing passport-carrying youngsters a trip to the Olympic podium, but hey, it's a good place to start. So let them fall in love with the snow over and over again at no extra charge to Mom and Dad.

What do you get?

Fifth graders carrying a Fifth Grade Passport can enjoy up to 94 days of free skiing and riding at Vermont alpine and nordic resorts including, but not limited to, Bolton Valley, Smugglers' Notch, Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Killington, Stowe, Okemo, Mount Snow, Stratton and many more. 

How do you get it?

The process is so easy, a fifth grader could do it.

Print and fill out the passport application, put it in an envelope with proof of fifth grade status—a recent report card or copy of birth certificate will do—and mail it to Ski Vermont with $10 to cover the processing. It's that easy.

WARNING: May cause fifth graders to obssessively check the mail for up to two weeks.  

For more information about the Fifth Grade Passport, click here or call 802-223-2439.

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Nordic skiing is a great way to enjoy Vermont this winter. Photo Courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort.