One pass, hundreds of reasons to ski or snowboard this year

Start the New Year off right, pick up a Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass and get your kids started with skiing and snowboarding

Clearwater Secondary School Junior Girls player Shaianne Richardson goes up for a shot during a game against Logan Lake at the school on Monday. The girls lost 26 - 28 but the Junior Boys won their game. Later in the week the senior teams played Ashcroft. The Senior Girls lost their game while the Senior Boys won.     Photo by Keith McNeill

Clearwater Secondary School Junior Girls player Shaianne Richardson goes up for a shot during a game against Logan Lake at the school on Monday. The girls lost 26 - 28 but the Junior Boys won their game. Later in the week the senior teams played Ashcroft. The Senior Girls lost their game while the Senior Boys won.   Photo by Keith McNeill

Start the New Year off right, pick up a Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass and get your kids started with skiing and snowboarding

Another year is gone and we are all busy trying to live up to our New Year`s resolutions and promises for 2011. Most of us want to eat better, work less, spend more time with our family and be more active. But what about our kids? It’s never too late, or too early, to get the kids started on their own promises to stay active and healthy in 2011. And what better way to get them started then to get them out and on the hills skiing and snowboarding with the Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass!

The Canadian Ski Council understands that starting a new sport can be expensive. That’s why 14 years ago they started the Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass program. “Skiing and snowboarding are the best ways to stay healthy and have fun during the winter months,” says Colin Chedore, president of the Canadian Ski Council. “And it’s never too early to start! We want to encourage parents everywhere to let their children try skiing and snowboarding. It is likely to evolve into a love of snowsports that your kids will thank you for.”

The Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass program was specifically designed to make it easy and affordable for all parents to get their child started in skiing or snowboarding. Each SnowPass includes up to three free lift tickets at each participating ski area across Canada. With over 150 locations involved there are hundreds of opportunities for your kids to ski and snowboard for free this winter.

Registering is easy and open to any child in Grade 4 or 5 (born in 2000 or 2001). You can register through the mail by picking up an application form at any of the hundreds of participating Sport Chek, Sport Mart, Sport Experts and Intersport locations. Or, you can visit www.snowpass.ca, upload your child’s picture and proof of age, enter your method of payment and presto! Your child’s personalized SnowPass will be mailed directly to your home. No matter the method, every SnowPass costs only $20 plus applicable provincial taxes.

The SnowPass program is available all across Canada and each child will receive either an Eastern or Western SnowPass card. The Western SnowPass card is valid for children residing in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon Territories and can be used at 59 different ski areas. The Eastern SnowPass card is valid for Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada at 94 different ski areas. And no matter where you live, remember, each pass contains up to three free lift tickets for each of the participating ski areas, giving your child hundreds of ways to ski or snowboard for free this winter!

Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass information and applications are available online at www.snowpass.ca or www.passeportdesneiges.ca. Log on today and get them while it’s cold!