First Tracks Ski Scholarship

At Three Rivers, we believe everyone belongs in the parks — to explore, play and discover all that the outdoors has to offer, especially in the winter!

What is First Tracks?

First Tracks is a scholarship program at Hyland Hills Ski Area that helps local youth learn and continue to ski and snowboard. 

Who can apply for a First Tracks scholarship?

Individuals, schools and groups serving youth with financial needs can apply. See qualifications below.

Individuals

You may apply for First Tracks if you are enrolled in one of the following services:

  • Free and Reduced Lunch Program
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA)
  • Minnesota Care
  • General Assistance (GA)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Act (MFIP)
  • Medical Assistance (MA)
  • Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)
  • Hennepin County Emergency Assistance Program (HCEAP)
  • Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
  • Work Benefit (WB)
  • Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T)

Individuals who qualify can receive one scholarship per year to participate in lessons or for a season pass. These funds are limited and scholarships are granted strictly on financial need.

A girl in a blue winter coat and a maroon and gold Minnesota hat smiles on a ski hill.

Schools and Groups

Schools or agencies serving youth with financial need can also apply for financial assistance for the Hyland Hills Ski Field Trip Program when providing recreational and educational experiences for youth. 

To qualify for a First Tracks scholarship, schools and groups will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Economic need based on the student participation number in the free or reduced lunch program.
  • Schools or agencies that do not participate in the free or reduced lunch program must complete the application and submit a letter stating the financial need and the goal or mission of the group serving special economic or disabled populations.

How do I apply for a First Tracks scholarship?

Apply for an individual or group scholarship by completing an application. Applications must be received prior to the program registration deadline.

Individual Application | Group Application

For Individuals

Send forms and applicable paperwork to FirstTracks@threeriversparks.org or mail them to:

Hyland Hills Ski Area
Attn: First Tracks Scholarship
8800 Chalet Road
Bloomington, MN 55438

For Groups

To qualify for a First Tracks scholarship, group leaders should submit a request form to the groups coordinator at Hyland Hills Ski Area by emailing FirstTracks@threeriversparks.org or delivering the application in person. Applications must be received at least 21 days prior to the desired visit.

Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be requested at the time of your group reservation. Hyland Hills will verify the percentage of children participating in free and reduced lunch programs by accessing data from the Minnesota Department of Education.

When will I know if my application is approved?

If your application is approved, Hyland Hills Ski Area will notify you by email within two weeks of when the application was received. Once notified of approval, you will be contacted with how to use your scholarship.

Enrollment is not guaranteed and is subject to availability until remaining balance has been paid in full.

Two girls smile while they ski down a hill.

Will my information be kept confidential?

All information is confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than communication about this and other relevant Three Rivers programs.

Contact Us

Questions? Email FirstTracks@threeriversparks.org or call Hyland Hills Ski Area at 763.694.7800.