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5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs Launched

It’s that time of year again for the kiddos! Colorado Ski Country USA yesterday launched its signature 5th and 6th Grade Passport programs, and after a successful inaugural year brought back its First Class program. The Passport Programs introduce fifth and sixth grade kids to skiing and snowboarding by giving them free and discounted access to Colorados legendary resorts.

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain

Known as the industrys most influential program, the CSCUSA 5th Grade Passport is available to all fifth graders and provides three days of free skiing at each of the 21 CSCUSA participating member resorts. The 6th Grade Passport allows sixth graders four days of skiing at the same participating CSCUSA resorts for $99, equaling 84 ski days for less than $1.20 a day.

To complement the 5th Grade Passport, CSCUSA will again offer the First Class lesson program. First Class will again be available for fifth graders who are new to both skiingand snowboarding. Registered 5th Grade Passport holders who are considered never-evers will beeligibleto receive a voucher for one free ski or snowboard lesson, including rental equipment, anytime during January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.Parents can choose from among 18 participating CSCUSA member resorts where their fifth grader can have their introductory experience on snow. Keep in mind though that advanced reservations are required for First Class.

Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA weighed in with her thoughts about the classic programs: Colorado is already known for having many diverse resorts, acres of varying terrain and snowy consistent conditions. With the Colorado Ski Country Passports and First Class we are making sure every fifth and sixth grade kid in Colorado has the opportunity to experience those resorts, ski on the terrain, enjoy the many powder days and ultimately become ski and snowboard ambassadors of Colorado.

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain

Registration for the Passport Programs can be fully processed online at Details on First Class lessons can also be found 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 2011-12 include: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, SolVista, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

If you’re interested in finding out more, please visit or call 303-866-9707.