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Canada's Grade 4 & 5 Students Can Ski and Snowboard Free Across Canada

It's Canada's best ski and snowboard deal…  and for the first time, it's accessible across the country. The Canadian Ski Council's SnowPass provides FREE skiing and snowboarding for Canadian kids in Grade 4 and Grade 5. New this winter, kids can use their SnowPass at participating ski areas anywhere in Canada.

"This is so exciting for us," explains Patrick Arkeveld, Canadian Ski Council (CSC) President and CEO. "In the past, SnowPass holders could only use it in the region in which they lived. Now they can use it anywhere. Which means, if they live in Ontario and are vacationing in Quebec, Alberta or B.C., they can ski or ride free there, too."

How It Works: The Canadian Ski Council's SnowPass gives kids in grades 4 and 5 (born in 2002 or 2003) up to three free coupons for lift tickets at each participating ski area… all for a one-time administration fee of $29.95, including taxes. There are 149 participating ski areas across the country. If a child skis three times at each participating resort… that's a lot of free skiing.

Applying is Easy: Online applications are now available at In November, SnowPass applications will also be distributed inside Sport Chek stores across Canada. Or, if you're bound for the Toronto Ski, Snowboard and Travel Show (October 11-14, 2012) your child can sign up on the spot (be sure to bring proof of age or grade). Once an application is complete, a SnowPass will be sent straight to you starting mid-November. The SnowPass season starts December 1, 2012.

Now in its 16th year, the CSC's SnowPass program has given more than 500,000 Canadian kids opportunities to ski or snowboard free. This season, the CSC is pleased to work with its 2012/2013 sponsors: Sport Chek, Ripzone and Powder Room. For more information, visit

For more information on the Canadian Ski Council's SnowPass, contact Canadian Ski Council President and CEO, Patrick Arkeveld, tel: 705-445-9140, e-mail:, web: