Students get a break
Kids considering dropping out of school to ski or snowboard may want to do some research first. Local ski resorts offer discounts to Utah students, and one ski area even gives students who make the honor roll with a cheaper price.
Season pass prices for kids ages 13 to 18 at The Canyons cost $629. Utah students in the same age group can get a pass for $199. If you are a student on the honor roll, the price for a season pass drops to $179. The discount is an incentive for kids to stay in school and get good grades explained Libby Dowd, director of public relations at The Canyons. Dowd said that the honor roll pass is taken advantage of quite a bit, and parents really enjoy it.
Utah students ages seven through 12 are also offered a significant discount at The Canyons; prices drop from $349 to $149. The discounts, however, only apply to Utah students, and proof of enrollment is required.
College students of any age and their spouses can purchase a season pass for $399. Pass prices for skiers and riders ages 18 to 25 who don’t attend college also cost $399, but college students over age 25 are saved from having to buy a full-price adult pass.
Teachers are also eligible for discounted season passes at The Canyons. A $499 pass is offered to teachers, firefighters, and police officers. A regular adult pass costs $899.
Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) also gives Utah students age 17 or younger discounts. Students age 12 or younger pay $150 instead of $350, and teen’s ages 13 through 17 pay $200 instead of $750. A parent signature in person or notarized is required for proof of enrollment.
Also at PCMR, a young adult/college pass is offered for $500. To qualify, skiers or snowboarders need to be enrolled in 12 undergraduate credit hours, 8 graduate credit hours, or be between the ages 18 and 23. Proof-of-enrollment and a student ID or proof-of-age is required.
Deer Valley Resort offers discounted passes for youngsters, but no proof-of-enrollment is required; the prices apply to anyone who meets the age requirements. Tots (up to age 3) pay $110, children (age four to 12) pay $380, and teens (13 to 17) pay $630.
Watch out, prices go up if you don’t buy your pass early. The Canyons pass prices will go up on Oct. 15, PCMR will raise their prices on Sept. 30, and Deer Valley Resort pass prices listed are good through Oct. 31.
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