Do you have a son or daughter in grade four or five? Then, have I got good news for you. The Canadian Ski Council is giving your kiddo an early Christmas gift: access to the slopes at over 150 Canadian destinations this winter for a mere 30 bucks.

So no excuse to hibernate this winter playing Angry Birds (or whatever games fourth and fifth graders play these days)... Introduce your little ones to the buzz of whizzing downhill on skis or snowboards. If your child was born in 2002 or 2003, simply visit SnowPass and register for a pass, valid from December 1st throughout the ski season. 

Application forms are also available at participating Sport Chek stores and via your child's teacher.   

Founded in 1977, The Canadian Ski Council aims to boost participation in "recreational snowboarding, alpine and cross-country skiing in Canada." 

Great idea, or what? You're welcome.