Fifth grade is a rite of passage in Colorado, marking the time local students can register for Colorado Ski Country's Fifth Grade Passport offering access to 22 ski areas, three days each - completely free. That's 66 days of skiing and a perfect excuse to sample some ski areas we've yet to visit since we moved here six years ago. For kids who have never boarded or skied, the pass also includes a free day of rentals and lessons. When my son's passport arrived in the mail, we made it our goal to hit as many of the 22 ski areas this ski season, and the remainder into the next, when the Passport for sixth graders is a nominal $125 ($105 if you register early) with access to the same 22 ski areas for four days free at each.
Parents looking for a sweet deal can choose from either the Gems Pass, score money-saving coupons at resorts here or go for the gold and apply for the Gold Pass. Whether you're a fellow Coloradan or simply want to learn more about Colorado's 22 ski areas from a local, join us on my blog series as we canvas the slopes of this awesome state.