Calgary

WinSport Canada offers free skiing for Calgary school kids

WinSport Canada wants to get more kids active by offering a free day on the ski hill at Canada Olympic Park to Calgary elementary school kids.

WinSport Canada wants to get more kids active by offering a free day on the ski hill at Canada Olympic Park to Calgary elementary school kids.

The organization said Wednesday it is offering to pay for lessons, a lift ticket and equipment rentals to students between Grades 1 and 6.

Stephen Norris, vice-president of sport for WinSport, said the goal of the project is to remove barriers for kids who otherwise couldn't afford to try the sport.

"Really we take the view that every child is an athlete," Norris said. "We know extensively from the research that being physically active, being as fit as you can be for yourself in the environment you work in, has massive dividends on how you function, your resistance to fatigue and illness."

The announcement comes one day after a national organization gave Canadian kids a failing grade for physical activity.

According to Active Healthy Kids, only seven per cent of Canadian children are meeting guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

The invitation for free skiing also extends to schools outside of Calgary. Norris estimates the project will cost the facility at least $200,000.

School bookings can be made as early as June 4 for the upcoming winter season.