First Class

Through the 5th Grade Passport program, we are offering one complimentary full-day beginner, level one group lesson and equipment rental package to any 5th grader who has NEVER experienced neither skiing nor snowboarding.

This program is available to children registered for our 5th Grade Passport program who have NEVER experienced NEITHER skiing NOR snowboarding before.

All participants must first complete the entire 5th Grade Passport registration process. Once your registration is complete, and your child’s 5th Grade Passport card is in the mail, we will use the information provided in his or her registration to determine if your child is eligible for the First Class program. We will contact you via email if your child is eligible.

No. These lessons are level one only and for children that have neither skied nor snowboarded. The lessons will be primarily on the magic carpet and bunny hills. If your child has some experience with either of those, they are not eligible to participate.

Once a completed 5th Grade Passport registration (including proof of grade/age if requested and a photo) has been received, passes are printed and mailed within approximately 3 weeks. Registrations are processed in the order they are received. When registration volume is high, processing may take longer than 4 weeks.

Once your child's registration is complete, and your child’s 5th Grade Passport card is in the mail, we will use the information provided in the registration to determine if your child is eligible for the First Class Program. Colorado Ski Country USA will then contact you via email if your child is eligible for the First Class Program.

You will then need to log onto your profile at coloradoski.com/passport/ and select from available resorts and dates. Once you have chosen your resort, you will receive a voucher from that resort, and may proceed with booking according to the instructions provided on the voucher.

Most lessons are issued for the month of January, and quantities are limited, so act quickly once you receive the email notification that the First Class Program is open. You will then need to log onto your profile at coloradoski.com/passport/  and select from available resorts and dates.  If you do not see your desired resort listed, that resort has no more lessons available for the season. Once you have chosen your resort, you will receive a voucher from that resort, and may proceed with booking according to the instructions provided on the voucher.

Yes, each resort has a limited number of group lessons. Most lessons are issued for the month of January, and quantities are limited, so act quickly once you receive the email notification that First Class Program registration is open.

There is no deadline, though most vouchers are valid only in January, and we have a limited number of vouchers per resort. In addition, each resort has different restrictions, so we encourage you to read all the details and then request your voucher as soon as possible!

The First Class vouchers will be valid the month of January at participating resorts. Some resorts may extend beyond January and some resorts will have blackout dates. This information will be available when choosing your resort. Read carefully!

Arapahoe Basin, Buttermilk, Cooper, Copper Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

No. Once a voucher has been issued, it may not be reissued for another ski area. Each voucher is only valid at one ski area. Vouchers are non-transferable and have no cash value.

Equipment rental is also free and included for participants in the First Class program. Rentals include boots, skis and poles for skiers, or boots and a snowboard for snowboarders. Rentals do not include clothing and accessories (goggles, hats, gloves, etc.). Helmets are strongly recommended and, at some resorts, mandatory for children in ski school. Most resorts rent helmets and other items for a small daily fee. Please contact each resort prior to the lesson. Also visit our Tips for New Skiers page to find tips on the proper clothing and other helpful hints for a day on the slopes.

22 Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts offer lessons at a variety of levels and are committed to teaching anyone who wants to improve. Please check coloradoski.com for resort deals and coupons.

Many CSCUSA member resorts provide coupons for Passport holders and their families. These coupons provide discounts on lessons, companion lift tickets and other great deals all season long. Passport Coupons will be available mid-November, and you will be able to download them at coloradoski.com/passport/.