Ski NH, the statewide association representing 37 alpine and cross-country resorts throughout the state, invites fourth- and fifth-grade students to participate in its annual Earn Your Turns program and Snowsports Passport program.

Kim Pickering, program director for SkiNH, said, "The programs make it easier for children and their families to enjoy snowsports more frequently, and introduce skiing and snowboarding to kids who haven't tried them yet."

Pickering explained how the programs work.

The fourth-grade Earn Your Turns program provides fun incentives for kids to develop and reinforce basic skills such as research, reading, and writing by doing a project on the history of skiing in New Hampshire. Once the project is complete, students submit their project to their teacher.  The teacher reviews each project and, if it is satisfactory, submits the student's name to Ski NH. Ski NH sends the student an Earn Your Turns passbook filled with a voucher for a free lift ticket and cross country trail pass for each of the 37 member resorts of Ski NH as well as savings on lift tickets and trail passes for parents and siblings, rental packages, lessons and more.

The fifth-grade Snowsports Passport program offers a book of lift ticket vouchers for the fifth-grader and other savings for family members.  The costs $20, to support administrative costs, with $5 donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. The book consists of one, two, or three lift tickets or trail passes for each of the 37 member resorts of Ski NH, as well as savings on lift tickets and trail passes for parents and siblings, rental packages, lessons and more. To receive a fifth-grade passport, families simply complete an application available on SkiNH.com and forward it along with a copy of their fifth grader's report card.

"According to federal research, only 7.9 percent of kids are physically active three or more hours per day during the winter, as compared to 64.4 percent of kids during the summer.  In a state blessed with so much snow and winter fun, Ski NH resorts want to make it as easy and affordable as possible for kids and their families to get outdoors, get active and have fun," Pickering said.

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