New York State actually has over 50 ski resorts, more than any other state in the United States. New York City residents can take day trips to a number of nearby ski resorts; there are also plenty of destination resorts with a wide range of winter activities.
Most exciting, New York also has a newly expanded state-wide ski free program, for kids in 3rd and 4th grade. Kids in those grades, from anywhere in the world, can get up to 3 lift tickets at participating resorts. This year, 25 New York State ski resorts offer the free ski program. Since skiing is generally a rather expensive family vacation, any chance to save money is welcome.
For third and fourth graders who haven’t skied before, there is a limited free learn to ski (or snowboard) package where kids can get a free lesson.
The ski free program requires you to get a passport in advance, which carries a $22 processing fee. And children using the free lift tickets must be accompanied by a paying adult. No sitting in the lodge while your kids hit the slopes.
Note – there are some black out dates: over the Christmas holiday, Martin Luther King weekend and President’s week.