December 13, 2011

The word “giving” means a lot in Vermont; it's a way of life. Individual citizens, communities, businesses and families work to help one another in creative, often inspiring ways. The rally of Vermonters for Vermonters during post Irene efforts was a clear example of our people's natural sense to lend a hand. This willingness to help is not new; at Vermont ski resorts, the pursuit of prosperity for others has been exhibited for decades through on-mountain fundraisers, charitable giving and volunteer events.

Vermont resorts give nearly 11,000 complimentary tickets/passes and several thousand deeply discounted tickets to school children annually. There are also incentives for kids to hit the books as well as the slopes, as many resorts offer season passes to academic achievers.

Resorts recognize and appreciate Vermont's volunteers and local rescue organizations with complimentary lift tickets and passes; Vermont resorts donate 9,000 lift tickets/passes annually. Military and their families are also eligible for special programs, some complimentary and others discounted at many Vermont resorts.

The Ski Vermont Fifth Grade Passport enables all fifth grade children to ski and ride and proceeds from the $10 processing fee go to Keep Local Farms. Last season, $8,500 was contributed and more than 2,400 kids utilized their passport to visit Vermont's mountains. To find out more on Vermont's Fifth Grade Passport program and to receive an application, visit

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