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Colorado Ski Country USA Opens Registration for the 2015-16 Passport Program

Photo by Dave Camara, Arapahoe Basin Photo by Dave Camara, Arapahoe Basin

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), the trade association and global voice of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado, announced today that registration for its popular 5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs is now open for the 2015/16 ski season. The Passport Programs introduce fifth and sixth grade kids to skiing and snowboarding by giving fifth graders free access, and sixth graders discounted access, to twenty of Colorados ski resorts. Often imitated, CSCUSAs Passport Program is the original and unmatched opportunity for kids to become avid skiers and snowboarders.

The CSCUSA 5th Grade Passport allows fifth graders three days of free skiing at each of the twenty CSCUSA participating member resorts. The 6th Grade Passport allows sixth graders four days of skiing at the same twenty resorts for $99, which amounts to 80 days on the slopes for less than $1.25 per day. New for the 2015-16 ski season, Passport holders are also entitled to one free daily ski or snowboard equipment rental from new presenting sponsor Christy Sports.

Additionally, CSCUSAs First Class lesson program complements the 5th Grade Passport Program and provides fifth graders who are new to skiingand snowboarding the opportunity to learn the sport from some of the best instructors in the industry. Registered 5th Grade Passport holders who have never skied nor snowboarded before areeligibleto receive a free ski or snowboard lesson and one day of rental equipment during the month of January, which is also Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.Fifth graders who qualify for First Class have the option of 17 different resorts to have their introductory experience on snow. Advance reservations are required for First Class Lessons, and registration for First Class will begin in November.

As the ski industrys first and most influential program of its kind, Colorado Ski Countrys Passport Programs have introduced an entire generation of Colorado kids to skiing and snowboarding, said Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. The Passport Program allows families to tour Colorados wonderfully diverse ski areas at a great value. The First Class Lesson program ensures that beginner skiers and snowboarders experience their memorable first day on the slopes in the care of expert professional instructors.

To register kids for the Passport Programs and for more information about First Class Lessons, parents can visit www.ColoradoSki.com/Passport. The CSCUSA Passport Programs enjoy the support of new presenting sponsor Christy Sports, and program partners Chipotle, Credit Union of Colorado, and Head Skis.

Participating resorts in the 2015-16 Passport programs include: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Cooper, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Ski Granby Ranch, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

For more details please visit www.ColoradoSki.com/Passport, email passport@coloradoski.com, or call 303-866-9707.