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As ski areas prepare to host guests during a global pandemic, many pass programs and lift access products have been adjusted, restricted or suspended for the 2020-21 ski season. The 5th and 6th Grade Passport programs are no different. The Passport programs are a great value for families to explore Colorado Ski Country USA member ski areas across the state with the 5th Grade Passport offering up to 63 days on the slopes for $40 and the 6th Grade Passport offering up to 84 days on the slopes for $99.

We hope you were able to use your 6th Grade Passport last season. It was a heavily discounted product that provided up to 88 days of skiing or snowboarding at 22 ski areas for $110-$130, depending on when you purchased it. There are no credits, refunds or transferrable tickets from last season’s 6th Grade Passports to the 2020-21 ski season. 

The 5th and 6th Grade Passports are non-refundable products. Please refer to the Passport Rules for all terms and conditions regarding the Passport Program.

To date, no Colorado Ski Country USA member ski area has announced plans to require a reservation to ski this winter. This could change during certain peak periods at some ski areas. To find the most up-to-date information on resort protocols or requirements you should contact specific ski areas directly or you can visit the CSCUSA COVID-19 resource webpage. If you are concerned that reservations may be required to use your 5th or 6th Grade Passport, you can wait to purchase a Passport. They are on sale through January 31, 2021.

We are hopeful that ski areas will be open and operating all winter long. Your Passport is a great value and will be available to use throughout the season Mondays-Fridays. Should a ski area be closed at any time due to government restrictions, we will not provide refunds for the 5th or 6th Grade Passport program.

Registration for the 2020-2021 season is open!

Click here to register or login to an existing account. 

Colorado Ski Country USA's 5th Grade Passport Program provides:

  • 3 free days of skiing or snowboarding 
  • 21 member resorts
  • 63 total days possible
  • Cost: $40

Ski all 63 days, or just a few; the 5th grade Passport opens up the best of Colorado to your child.

The 5th Grade Passport is a Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) program that allows every fifth grader the opportunity to ski and snowboard at 21 CSCUSA member resorts during the winter season. The program was established in 1996 and more than 200,000 kids have participated in the program since then. The 5th Grade Passport is not valid on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and on holidays. The holiday blackout dates include: 11/26-11/27,12/24-1/3, 1/18, 2/15.  

Colorado Ski Country USA's 6th grade Passport Program provides:

  • 4 days of skiing or snowboarding 
  • 21 member resorts
  • 84 total days possible
  • Only $99*

Ski all 84 days, or just a few; the 6th grade Passport opens up the best of Colorado to your child.

The 6th Grade Passport is a Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) program that allows every sixth grader the opportunity to ski and snowboard at 21 CSCUSA member resorts during the winter season. The 6th Grade Passport is not valid on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and on holidays. The holiday blackout dates include: 11/26-11/27,12/24-1/3, 1/18, 2/15.  

*Prices subject to change throughout the season

The Passport Program for 5th and 6th Graders has moved to a fully digital redemption system. What does that mean?

Passport holders no longer need a plastic passport card to be in hand to redeem their lift tickets at CSCUSA member ski areas. Once a Passport has been approved (and ski areas are open for the 2020-2021 winter season), the Passport holder can go directly to a participating ski area to redeem their lift tickets. 

Log into your account to view ski area specific instructions on how to redeem. 

The 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program is moving to a fully digital redemption process for the 2020-2021 winter season. As a result, no pass card is needed to redeem lift ticket access at the 21 CSCUSA member ski areas. Log in to your account to see instructions on how to redeem lift tickets.

However, if desired, a Commemorative Passport for 5th and 6th Graders is available for a cost of $25.00 per pass. This pass card is for commemorative use only and it is not required or sufficient to obtain lift tickets. It is a great option if parents or guardians wish to have a keepsake item for their 5th or 6th Grader. 

Commemorative Passport orders must be fully complete prior to shipment. Passports that have items missing (such as a no proof of grade or a rejected photo), may experience delays in processing times. All orders with standard shipping are mailed from Denver, CO via USPS First Class mail.

  • Please allow up to two weeks for processing your order.
  • Once shipped orders usually arrive in 3-5 business days.
  • Tracking is not available on orders placed with standard shipping, however an email with a shipment notification will be sent once the order ships.
  • We process orders Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm (weekends and holidays excluded). All orders are shipped from Colorado (Mountain Central Time Zone).
  • CSCUSA is not responsible for carrier delays, lost or stolen packages. And, delays in transit do not qualify the purchaser for a refund.

Commemorative Passports will be shipped beginning in September.

Log into your account to get the most detailed information regarding lift ticket redemption as each ski area may have slightly different instructions.

In general, to redeem a lift ticket for the day, the following steps are required:

  • Once a Passport has been approved by CSCUSA,  a Passport holder will go directly to the desired Ski Area Ticket window.
  • The Passport holder will provide identifying information to the ticket agent, who will verify the Passport holder.
  • A single day, child's lift ticket will be issued to the Passport holder

Please note, the Passport holder MUST BE PRESENT at the lift ticket window to redeem a lift ticket. Another individual cannot redeem on behalf of the Passport holder. The Passport Program is not valid on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and on holidays. The holiday blackout dates include: 11/26-11/27,12/24-1/3, 1/18, 2/15.  

The 5th Grade Passport is only $40

The 6th Grade Passport only costs $99.*

To take advantage of this awesome deal, please ensure your registration is fully complete. Purchases for the 5th and 6th Grade Passport are non-refundable. For a full list of the terms and conditions click here.

*Price subject to change throughout the season

There are 21 Colorado Ski Country USA member ski areas participating in the Passport Program.

They include:

  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Aspen Highlands 
  • Aspen Mountain
  • Buttermilk
  • Cooper
  • Copper Mountain 
  • Echo Mountain
  • Eldora
  • Granby Ranch
  • Hesperus
  • Howelsen Hill
  • Kendall Mountain
  • Loveland
  • Monarch Mountain 
  • Powderhorn 
  • Purgatory
  • Snowmass 
  • Steamboat 
  • Sunlight
  • Telluride
  • Winter Park 

Click here for full details about each ski area.

Resorts not included in this list are not a part of the CSCUSA 5th/6th Grade Passport Program.

Follow these steps for 5th or 6th Grade Passport Registration:

  • Parent/Guardians need to create an account. Click here to start the process. 
  • Add a 5th or 6th Grade Passport to your account
  • Complete the Registration steps for your child. Be sure you have:
    • A digital image of your child (no hats, goggles or sunglasses, please)
    • Documentation to verify their current grade (Please see below for Proof of Grade Requirements)
  • Complete the checkout process
  • Approval of Passports will take between 5-7 business days. Once approved, you'll get an email and you're ready to hit the slopes!
  • The Passport Program is moving to a fully digital redemption process. Please note that nothing will be mailed to you unless you choose to purchase a Commemorative Passport for your child.

 

Proof of Grade Documentation can be one of the following:

  • Report card (with child’s name, school year, school, and grade). Last year’s report card will work.
  • School ID (with child’s name, grade and school year)
  • School schedule (with child’s name, grade and school year)
  • Any other type of document legibly showing your child’s name, grade and school year
  • Birth Certificate
  • Government Issued Passport

If your Proof of Grade Document does not meet these requirements, your passport validation will be delayed until new Proof of Grade is provided

Even a few dats of skiing or snowboarding makes the Passport worth it! The Passport Program is not valid on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and on holidays. The holiday blackout dates include: 11/26-11/27,12/24-1/3, 1/18, 2/15.  

The 5th Grade Passport provides:

  • 3 days of skiing or snowboarding
  • 21 participating Colorado ski areas
  • 63 days of skiing or snowboarding
  • Only $40!

The 6th Grade Passport provides:

  • 4 days of skiing or snowboarding 
  • 21 participating Colorado ski areas
  • 84 days of skiing or snowboarding
  • Only $99!*

*Price subject to change throughout the season

The 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program has moved to a fully digital redemption system.

Nothing will be mailed to you unless you select the option to purchase a Commemorative Printed Passport card on the summary page. All orders with standard shipping are mailed from Denver, CO via USPS First Class mail.

Commemorative Passport orders must be fully complete prior to shipment. Passports that have items missing (such as a no proof of grade or a rejected photo), may experience delays in processing times.

* Please call the Passport Office if you have questions regarding shipping times. 303.866.9707

  • Please allow up to two weeks for processing your order.
  • Once shipped orders usually arrive in 3-5 business days.
  • Tracking is not available on orders placed with standard shipping, however an email with a shipment notification will be sent once the order ships.
  • We process orders Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm (weekends and holidays excluded). All orders are shipped from Colorado (Mountain Central Time Zone).
  • CSCUSA is not responsible for carrier delays, lost or stolen packages. And, delays in transit do not qualify the purchaser for a refund.

Commemorative Passports will be shipped beginning in September.

When asked to associate an activity with Colorado, most people said "skiing". However, many 10-year-olds are more likely to see the mountains on television than to experience them first-hand. The Colorado ski industry is determined to remove the barriers to enjoyment of mountain recreation. Skiing should be a rite of passage for every child, and this program helps make that happen. The program also helps young people stay physically active during winter months.

The 5th and 6th Grade Passport is valid during the 2020-2021 winter season. The Passport Program is not valid on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and on holidays. The holiday blackout dates include: 11/26-11/27,12/24-1/3, 1/18, 2/15.  

Follow us on social media to keep up with all CSCUSA member ski areas as they begin to open for the season!

Please note that the 5th and 6th Grade Passport is not valid for summer access. 

The Passport Program is not valid on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and on holidays. The holiday blackout dates include: 11/26-11/27,12/24-1/3, 1/18, 2/15.  

The deadline to register for the Passport program is January 31, 2021. 

No, you do not need to be a Colorado resident to apply for a 5th or 6th Grade Passport. It is open to all 5th and 6th graders.

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing 22 ski areas in Colorado.

Yes and no. Some ski areas do accept Passport validations on race days and some don’t. The rules and regulations state, “CSCUSA participating resorts reserve the right … to restrict or prohibit lift tickets obtained using the Passport Program from being used in conjunction with other resort offers or from being used by participants in special events or races or competitions of any kind”. Always check with the ski area prior to the race to be informed on if they will be accepting Passports for the race in question.  

If your student is currently in 4th Grade, you can begin to register for the 5th Grade passport beginning the following August. The 5th Grade Passport for the 2020-2021 season is for students who are currently in 5th Grade. 4th Grade Students will be eligible for the 5th Grade Passport starting in August 2021. Make sure to sign up for the Passport Newsletter to stay up to date!