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"Skiing and snowboarding is super important for children to learn," Tony Harrison, publicist for the Idaho Ski Areas Association, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "During the winter, it can be pretty challenging for parents to find things to keep their kids active and fifth and sixth graders are at a crucial age in their development where they're choosing healthy lifestyle activities including...skiing and snowboarding."

November 3, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

A statewide program is allowing fifth and sixth graders to ski and snowboard for free.

The program is called Ski Idaho and for the past 20 years has allowed middle schoolers to grab their skis or snowboard and hit the slopes for free on snow-laden mountains across Idaho. 

"Skiing and snowboarding is super important for children to learn,"  Tony Harrison, publicist for the Idaho Ski Areas Association, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "During the winter, it can be pretty challenging for parents to find things to keep their kids active and fifth and sixth graders are at a crucial age in their development where they're choosing healthy lifestyle activities including...skiing and snowboarding."

Now, through the Ski Idaho program, Harrison says, fifth and sixth graders have more access to not only learning how to ski or snowboard, but to do so on mountains and slopes all over Idaho.

The program gives fifth graders three free admission passes to each mountain. Sixth graders can hit the slopes for two days free per mountain. 

"The program is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this season," Harrison said. "It's not just open to Idaho kids, it's open to kids from any state or any country."

Full details are available here.

You can listen to the full interview below.