Let's face facts: No matter how exhilarating skiing and snowboarding are, they are also among the most expensive activities in which a family can participate—especially if your kids take a single run and spend the rest of the day sipping cocoa.
Thankfully, many nearby state ski associations, and even a local resort, offer free lift tickets to grade-schoolers, including those in New York City. Of course, there are hurdles to clear to get those benefits—kids need to be the appropriate age, apply online and, in some cases, maintain a desired GPA. But for avid skiers and riders or those who merely want to try out the sports, these programs can save you plenty of cash when skiing with the kids.
These programs do not require residency so children from NYC are eligible for all of them. Read on for more information on how to ski for free in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Check our Ski and Snow Sports Guide for more fun on local hills and mountains.