Colorado Rolling Out Red Carpet for Fifth Grader Skiers

A group in Colorado is doing what it can to help fifth and sixth graders get out on the slopes. Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) recently announced that its popular 5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs are now available for the 2012/13 ski season. The Passport Programs introduce fifth and sixth grade kids to skiing and snowboarding by giving fifth graders free skiing at any of its member resorts, and sixth graders discounted access.

The 5th Grade Passport allows fifth graders three days of free skiing at each of the 20 CSCUSA participating member resorts. The 6th Grade Passport allows sixth graders four days of skiing at the same 20 resorts for $99, which amounts to 80 days on the slopes for less than $1.25 each day.

CSCUSA will also offer First Class Lessons to complement the 5th Grade Passport Program. First Class provides fifth graders, who are new to both skiing and snowboarding, the opportunity to learn the sport from some of the best instructors in the industry. Registered 5th Grade Passport holders who are considered never-evers are eligible to receive a free ski or snowboard lesson, including rental equipment, during the month of January, which is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Fifth graders have the option of 17 different resorts to have their introductory experience on snow. Advanced reservations are required for First Class.

“Colorado Ski Country’s Passport Programs have facilitated the introduction of our youth to the state’s signature sports for a decade and a half,” says Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “Between the varied terrain, geographical diversity and consistent snowy conditions, Colorado Ski Country’s 5th and 6th grade programs give children the opportunity to experience an array of resorts here in Colorado. Whether they are just starting out and want to take advantage of the First Class deal, or are seasoned veterans and want to experience a resort they haven’t been to yet, the Passports provide unbridled opportunities for the kids and an affordable experience for the family as a whole.”

Registration for the Passport Programs can be fully processed online at The CSCUSA Passport Programs enjoy the support of presenting sponsor, Chipotle, and of program partners Sports Authority and Credit Union of Colorado.

Resorts participating in the Passports for 2012-13 include: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

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