Dear Skiing and Snowboarding Families,
Thank you for your interest in the Ski Vermont Fifth Grade Passport. This winter, our member ski areas will be operating in compliance with CDC guidance and State of Vermont guidance and requirements to help keep their guests, employees, and communities healthy. Due to this COVID guidance, our member ski areas anticipate both greater limitations and greater demand on weekend days this winter. This has led us to make the tough decision with our member ski areas that we will not be able to offer the popular Fifth Grade Passport for winter 2020-21. We know this will be very disappointing for many children and families, however operating during this pandemic requires many substantial changes at ski areas. Ski Vermont works with our participating members to be able to offer programs like the Fifth Grade Passport, and we expect that it will be available again for Winter 2021-22.
We know this is disappointing for many young skiers and riders, and we appreciate the understanding of their families.
Ski Vermont's All Mountain Mamas have put together some tips and tricks on how to make the most of your winter.
Please note there continue to be no changes to the original terms and conditions related to 2019-2020 Ski Vermont products as stated at the time of purchase. Due to the way our highly discounted products and programs are redeemed at our participating member resorts, our products remain non-transferable and non-refundable, partial or otherwise. As is the nature with most discounted items and as stated in the terms and conditions, all sales are final and only valid through the season they are issued for, however or whenever that might come to an end. Ski season is weather-dependent and never finite to begin with, and we had a sizable window - early November to mid-March - in which to use this year's passes. Even in a season not cut short by a global health crisis, many areas cease lift operations by the end of March. Given the circumstances, and how heavily discounted the 5th Grade Passport is to begin with we hope customers will understand. Thank you for supporting Vermont ski areas, and we hope you and yours are well during this difficult time.*Note we made an exception for completely unused Fifth Grade Passport purchases made 2/24/2020 or after. We offered a full refund only option. In order to be eligible for this refund the fully UNUSED product had to be mailed back to Ski Vermont by April 16, 2020 and again must have been purchased 2/24/2020 or after to be eligible.
Skiing and snowboarding are magical sports and that can change lives, supporting healthier decisions and experiences that can last a lifetime. There is no better time to fall in love with snow-covered mountains of Vermont than during a student's 5th grade year. To help our youth get to the hills, we offer participating fifth graders up to 88 days of skiing and riding at Vermont’s alpine and cross country resorts for just a $20 processing fee.
Passport holders receive in the mail, a booklet containing coupons that are redeemed for lift tickets at participating alpine (downhill) resorts as well as coupons to participating cross-country centers to redeem for trail passes. The booklet contains 3 coupons for each participating alpine resort listed below. The number of coupons per cross-country centers vary, most offer one trail pass coupon with a few centers offering 3 coupons. Please note you do need the physical book in hand to use at the resort, Ski Vermont does not have a digital option for this program.
Once received, please insert picture of child on inside cover of the booklet and complete required signatures. Present passport at ticket window/redemption location day of for ticket.
Passport booklets must be in hand and presented at the resort ticket window to redeem the coupon for a lift ticket. Passport holders need to be accompanied by a ticket or pass holding adult and each adult may bring up to two Passport holders. Passports are valid Dec. 1 - May 1 excluding blackout dates which are listed below (subject to change) and printed on the back of each resort page in the booklet. This ticket/program may be subject to additional charges depending on specific resort’s ticketing technology. There are no residency requirements for the passport. All Passport sales are final and non-transferrable.
The 2019-20 ski season began the 20th year of enriching families’ winters with the 5th Grade Passport Program. It also marked the 8th year in which the proceeds from the 5th Grade Passport benefited the Vermont community. Last year, proceeds from the program will be donated to the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, which protects and progresses the working landscape of Vermont by investing in agricultural and forestry based businesses & the Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports Organization which empowers youth and adults with disabilities gain self-confidence and indepence by participating in adaptive sports programs or activities.