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Popular 5th and 6th Grade Program Is Perfect for New Residents and Life-Long Locals

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DENVER – Sept. 5, 2018 – Registration for the Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program and the Colorado Gems Card for the winter 2018-19 season is now open. The popular Passport Program offers access to 22 ski areas across the state by giving fifth graders three days of completely free skiing or snowboarding at each ski area and sixth graders 88 days on the slopes for less than $1.20 per day. The program is ideal for families new to the sport or new to the state as well as experienced lifelong skiing families. Fifth graders who have never skied or snowboarded are eligible for a free lesson and equipment rental.

The Colorado Gems Card provides discounted skiing and riding access to eleven of Colorado’s most authentic ski areas through buy one, get one free or 30 percent discounted adult lift tickets. Kendall Mountain, owned and operated by the town of Silverton, joined the Passport and Gems Card programs in the middle of the 2017-18 season.

“Whether families are brand new to Colorado or long-time skiers and riders, the Passport program offers unmatched access to ski areas across Colorado and the opportunity to experience our state’s signature winter sports,” said Melanie Mills, President and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “Here at Colorado Ski Country we think the Gems card is the best kept secret in skiing, it pays for itself after one use and gives holders a great opportunity to get out around the state to explore ski areas they may not have experienced.”

CSCUSA 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program

The 5th Grade Passport provides fifth graders three days of free skiing at 22 CSCUSA member ski areas. The 6th Grade Passport allows sixth graders four days of skiing at the same 22 ski areas for $105 if participants register during the early season, after which the price will increase to $125 until January 31, 2018. Additionally, CSCUSA’s First Class lesson program complements the 5th Grade Passport Program and provides fifth graders who have never skied or snowboarded one free ski or snowboard lesson and equipment rental.

To register for the Passport Program and for more information about First Class Lessons, parents can visit The CSCUSA Passport Program enjoys the support of presenting sponsor Christy Sports, which provides a free equipment rental to all Passport families, and program partners Credit Union of Colorado and HEAD Wintersports.

Participating resorts in the 2018-19 Passport program include: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Cooper, Copper Mountain, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Howelsen Hill, Hesperus, Kendall Mountain, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

Colorado Gems Card

Appropriately named, the Gems ski areas are among Colorado’s best hidden treasures. With affordable prices, and world-class terrain, the Colorado Gems ski areas offer an authentic Colorado skiing and snowboarding experience. For just $25, the Colorado Gems Card provides either two 2-for-1 adult lift tickets or two 30 percent off adult lift tickets at each of the eleven Colorado Gems Resorts, providing up to 22 days of discounted skiing or riding at Colorado’s hidden gems.

For more information or to purchase a Colorado Gems Card, visit The CSCUSA Gems card enjoys the support of presenting sponsor HEAD Wintersports.

Participating resorts in the 2018-19 Gems Card program include: Arapahoe Basin, Cooper, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Kendall Mountain, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn and Sunlight.