SnowPass keeps kids active over winter months

Silver Star Mountain Resort is among the 31 B.C. ski areas participating in the program

It’s time to start preparing for the upcoming winter season and how to keep your children active.

The Canadian Ski Council (CSC) has a great way to help you out with the Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass.

In its 18th season, the SnowPass provides nine and 10-year-old children with three lift passes at each of the more than 150 ski areas, nationwide, for just $29.95. Silver Star Mountain Resort is among the 31 B.C. ski areas.

“Introducing children to skiing and snowboarding are great ways for children to learn a new sport that they can participate in during the winter months. Teaching children to ski or snowboard at an early age gives them lifetime access to these healthy winter sports,” said Patrick Arkeveld, president and CEO of the Canadian Ski Council.

“It keeps them active, outside, fit, and less prone to obesity during the winter months. Skiing and snowboarding are also great activities for the entire family to participate in, and the SnowPass allows children to engage in the sport in an affordable way.”

The SnowPass provides children in Grades 4 and 5 (born in 2004 or 2005) with three lift tickets at each participating ski area across Canada, allowing them the opportunity to ski and snowboard hundreds of times over the winter season. You only need to apply once for the SnowPass and it is valid until the end of Grade 5. This means if you apply in Grade 4 the SnowPass is valid for two seasons. The SnowPass is active as of Dec. 1 until the end of the season.

To sign up, visit www.snowpass.ca (or www.passeportdesneiges.ca for French speaking applicants), where you’ll be able to upload your child’s picture, proof of age, and pay the $29.95 administration fee. SnowPasses will be mailed in mid-November, in time for the Dec. 1 SnowPass start date.

Application forms are also being distributed to elementary schools across Canada.