Lift tickets for free!

Do you have a fourth-grader?

If so, this is your year to get outside, starting this winter and continuing through summer.

First: Thanks to a new program by the Minnesota Ski Areas Association, fourth-graders can ski for free at member ski areas during the 2017-18 season.

Simply sign up for the 4th Grade Passport Program. Passports, which are mailed, cost $19.95 and take about two weeks to arrive. (You’ll need to upload your kid’s most recent report card and a digital photo for the application.)

Passports entitle fourth-graders to at least two free lift tickets (not ski rentals) at all participating resorts. Some resorts (such as Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls) are offering unlimited lift tickets for passport-holding fourth-graders.

Meanwhile: Fourth-graders — and their families — are also eligible for free entry into all national parks (and federal lands/waters) through Aug. 31.

Passes cover admission for the whole family, even at sites that charge entrance fees per person (or per car). In the case of per-person fees, the pass covers all accompanying children age 15 and younger and up to three adults.

Learn more at Every Kid in a Park and the National Park Service.