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Colorado Ski Country USAs First Class Program Kicks off in January

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) today announced the return of the complimentary lesson component to its popular 5th Grade Passport program: First Class. Launched in 2010, First Class provides one free beginner ski or snowboard lesson, including rental equipment, for 5th Grade Passport holders who are new to both the sports of skiing and snowboarding. These lessons, in coordination with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, are provided at CSCUSA resorts during the month of January.

Detailed program information about First Class has been provided to parents of 5th graders who are currently signed up for the Colorado Ski Country 5th Grade Passport, including which of the 17 participating Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts parents can choose from for their child to have their introductory experience on snow

Skiing and snowboarding are Colorados signature sports, and we want to ensure that every child in Colorado has the opportunity to participate in our great winter pastime, explained Melanie Mills, CSCUSAs president and CEO. The First Class program is so valuable for kids and parents alike because it makes that first ever day on the mountain a safe and fun experience. Proper equipment and professional instruction are paramount for a kids first day on the slopes, and First Class assures parents that their never-evers are introduced into the sport in a structured, enjoyable environment.

The Colorado Ski Country USA 5th Grade Passport program provides three free lift tickets at each participating CSCUSA member resort to the states 5th graders. The 6th Grade Passport program provides four lift tickets at the same resorts for $99 to the states 6th graders.

More information on 2013-14 5th and 6th Grade Passports and First Class is available at or by calling 303-866-9707.