Help & FAQs

The Colorado Ski Country Ski Passport program provides 3rd - 6th grade students the ability to access member ski areas and experience all that Colorado's resorts have to offer at an unbeatable price.  The Ski Passport provides accessibility during the winter season to help kids foster a passion for skiing or riding in the great outdoors of Colorado.

The Passport program was established in 1996 and more than 200,000 kids have participated in the program since then.

There are 20 Colorado Ski Country USA member ski areas participating in the Passport Program.

 

For a complete list, visit our Participating Resorts webpage. 

All Passports are non-refundable products. Please refer to the Passport Rules for all terms and conditions regarding the Passport Program.

Some ski areas may require reservations (either for the entire season or during peak periods) to use your Ski Passport. For an up-to-date list of how ski areas are redeeming the Passport, click here.

Any reservations made through resort websites must be confirmed with the resort. Colorado Ski Country USA is unable to cancel, modify or change reservations made on resort websites or resort call centers. You may receive a Colorado Ski Country Ski Passport Visit email for your planned ski day before, on, or after your Ski Passport ski day depending on resort verification processes.

Ski areas anticipate being open during the entire winter season. Please always check the ski area you are visiting for updated information prior to your visit day. Your Passport is a great value and will be available to use throughout the season. Should a ski area be closed at any time due to government restrictions or any other reason, refunds to your Passport will not be authorized.

The Ski Passport Program is provided through a fully digital redemption system. What does that mean?

Passport holders will not receive a physical card. Once a Ski Passport has been approved (and ski areas are open), the Ski Passport holder can go directly to a participating ski area to redeem their lift tickets. 

Available lift tickets, additional offerings, and specific ski area redemption instructions can be found by Logging into your account.

The CSCUSA Ski Passport Program has a fully digital redemption process. As a result, a physical plastic pass is not needed to redeem lift ticket access. Log in to your account to see instructions on how to redeem lift tickets.

If desired, a Commemorative Passport 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 Passport skier or rider. 

Commemorative Passport orders must be fully complete prior to shipment. Passports that have items missing (such as a missing 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.

Instructions are also available on our Redemption Instructions webpage.

EACH SKI AREA MAY HAVE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT INSTRUCTIONS.

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.

Registration for the 2022-2023 season will open soon. 

If you wish to be notified of the Ski Passport registration opening date, click here to sign up for the Waitlist

 

To register:

  • Parent/Guardians need to create an account. Click here to start the process. 
  • Add a 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th Grade Passport to your account
    • Note: if registering for multiple Passports, this process will have to be completed for each Passport holder.
  • 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 by acknowledging the terms and conditions and completing payment.

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 Ski Passport is a fully digital redemption process. To check the status of your pending Passports, log into your account OR check your email.

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

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

The Ski Passport is 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.

  • An email will be sent when your Commemorative Passport ships.
  • 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.

The Colorado ski industry is determined to remove the barriers to enjoyment of mountain recreation. When asked to associate an activity with Colorado, most people say "skiing". However, many 10-year-olds are more likely to see the mountains on television than to experience them first-hand. Colorado Ski Country is pleased offer the Ski Passport to 3rd - 6th graders. Skiing should be a rite of passage for every child, and this program helps make that happen.

The Ski Passport is valid during the entire winter season. For ski area opening and closing dates, click here.

The Ski Passport is blacked out on the following holidays.  

  • Thanksgiving: 11/25/22-11/26/22 (Friday-Saturday)
  • Christmas: 12/24/22-12/31/22 (Saturday-Saturday)
  • MLK: 1/14/23-1/15/23 (Saturday-Sunday)
  • President’s: 2/18/23-2/19/23 (Saturday-Sunday)

Please note that the CSCUSA Passports are not valid for summer access. 

No, you do not need to be a Colorado resident to apply Ski Passport. It is open to all 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is a not-for-profit trade association which represents 21 ski and snowboard resorts in Colorado. CSCUSA is the global voice of the Colorado ski industry. The association’s primary functions are concentrated in marketing, public policy and public relations.

Founded in 1965, Colorado Ski Country USA has been instrumental in the marketing, public relations and legislative efforts that have propelled the Colorado ski industry to success. Today, Colorado hosts between 20 and 25 percent of all skier visits in the U.S. annually, with CSCUSA member resorts accounting for more than 7 million skier visits a year. The winter sports industry generates nearly $5 billion of economic activity annually in Colorado.

The organization engages in a variety of programs to promote and grow the sport, including the Colorado Ski Country Snow Report, the Ski Passport program which encourages families and children to become life-long participants, and the Snow Conference and the Annual Meeting promoting industry education opportunities.

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.