Family of Ski Passes Provide Introduction to Skiing and Access to 20 Resorts
It is widely known that Colorado is the top destination for skiing and snowboarding. According to the National Ski Areas Association, Colorado hosts more than 20 percent of US skier visits. Locals and visitors alike flock to the mountains during ski season to take advantage of all that Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) offers. Reasons for this range from having the best, most abundant and consistent snow conditions, to having many different resorts, each with varying terrain and all with unparalleled guest service.
While millions of people log in days on snow every winter, CSCUSA member resorts want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to ski and snowboard in Colorado. Resorts believe in their product and the benefits of skiing and snowboarding so much, that they give discounted, unlimited, and in some cases free, access to their resorts.
The menu of ski pass programs offered by CSCUSA members reflect the devotion resorts have to introducing winter sports to newcomers, exposing skiers and riders to the variety of resorts in Ski Country, and inspiring friends and families to enjoy the sports together.
Below is an overview of the lift ticket passes offered by CSCUSA and its member resorts. Additionally, more details can be found and purchases can be made by visiting www.ColoradoSki.com/passes.
5th and 6th Grade Passport
In 1997, CSCUSA started a program called the 5th Grade Passport. This first of its kind program which has subsequently been copied throughout the industry was designed to help introduce fifth graders in the state to the sports of skiing and snowboarding. The CSCUSA 5th Grade Passport was free and allowed fifth graders three days of skiing at each ski resort throughout Colorado. Parents helped kids sign up for the ski passes through applications sent to more than 1,200 Colorado elementary schools in the fall.
Today, the 5th Grade Passport has introduced more than 250,000 kids to the sports of skiing and snowboarding. The 5th Grade Passport is still free and offers its young pass holders three days of skiing and snowboarding at 20 participating CSCUSA member resorts. Additionally, the entire registration can be easily completed online at ColoradoSki.com/Passport.
Shortly after the 5th Grade Passport program was born, CSCUSA introduced the 6th Grade Passport program.The 6th Grade Passport provides four days of skiing at each of 21 CSCUSA resorts for a small fee. Since theinception of the sixth grade pass, more than 52,000 sixth-graders have taken advantage of the program.These CSCUSA programs are easy, economical ways to introduce kids to skiing and snowboarding while getting them outside and active during the winter months.
Colorado Gems Card
For discerning skiers and riders, the Colorado Gems Card is essential to enjoying the variety of powder, terrain, and scenery that Colorado Ski Country offers. Available for $20, the 2015/16 Gems Card puts Colorados world-renowned skiing within reach for skiers and riders from Colorado and elsewhere. Card holders can take advantage of a day of two-for-one skiing at each of the eight participating resorts, redeeming the cost of the card after just one use.
Additionally, Gems Card holders also have exclusive access to Flash Deals, which are special promotions and additional ways to save that are unique to each Gems resort. CSCUSA announces Flash Deals on short notice throughout the season in the Gems newsletter, on social media, and on the Gems website www.ColoradoSki.com/Gems. Only Colorado Gems Card holders will be able to take advantage of Flash Deals.
The Gems Card brings the full Colorado Ski Country experience within reach for all skiers and snowboarders. At any Gems resort, card holders can purchase one adult full-day lift ticket and receive another adult full-day lift ticket for free. Each Gems Card is good for one use per Gems resort, per season, and only a limited number of Gems Cards are available for sale.
The Colorado Gold Pass
Considered the crown jewel of ski passes, the CSCUSA Gold Pass allows unlimited skiing and riding at 21 ofColorados premier ski resorts with no blackout dates. And, to top it off, the pass is fully transferable, meaning it can be shared with friends, family and colleagues for them to use. The Colorado Gold Pass is theideal option for those who want to experience the breadth of exceptional skiing and snowboarding thatCSCUSA member resorts offer.
The CSCUSA Gold Pass also provides an entre into Colorado’s world famous ski industry that few are able toexperience. Gold Pass holders automatically receive an invitation to Colorado Ski Country USA’s AnnualMeeting, and an opportunity to meet with the Colorado ski industry’s most influential executives, associatesand members.