Colorado’s Ski Country USA, a not-for-profit association representing the Colorado ski industry, is again offering special skiing programs for children with their Colorado 5th- and 6th-Grade Passport Programs. The Colorado Passport Ski Programs are designed to expose young children to skiing while helping them stay active during the long winter months. Since its inception in 1996 more than 200,000 children have participated in the Passport Program.
The 5th-Grade Passport Program provides participating 5th-grade children with three days of free skiing or snowboarding at each of Colorado’s Ski Country USA 20 individual resorts, for a total of 60 days of free skiing for the 2015-2016 season. The 6th-Grade Passport Program provides participating 6th-grade children with four days of skiing or snowboarding at each of Colorado’s Ski Country USA 20 individual resorts, for a total of 80 days of skiing for the 2015-2016 season, for a total cost of $99.
While most people associate Colorado with skiing, research shows that many children in Colorado only see the mountains in the media. The Colorado ski industry is feels skiing in Colorado should be a rite of passage and the 5th- and 6th-Grade Passport Programs are designed to help children become exposed to the sport of skiing in Colorado.
The Passport Program is for all fifth and sixth graders regardless of whether or not they know how to ski. In conjunction with the passport programs, Colorado Ski Country USA First Class Program provides 5th graders who haven’t ever skied or snowboarded one free beginner’s lesson, with rental equipment included. Most of the member resorts offer excellent ski and snowboard instructions with highly experienced instructors to help your child learn how to ski.
Both the Colorado 5th- and 6th-Grade Passport Programs include coupons from Colorado’s Ski Country USA resorts and independent retailers for discounts on lessons, equipment, ski-lift tickets and other programs, services and goods. Some of the coupons can also be used by family members. Coupons can be printed online and used when you visit the resort with you child.
Applications for the Colorado 5th- and 6th-Grade Passport Programs must be submitted online or sent by U.S. mail. There is no cost to receive the 5th Grade Passport. For more information visit Colorado Ski Country USA’s website at passport.coloradoski.com or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call the Colorado Passport Ski Country USA Passport Helpline at 303-866-9707.
Check out the other kids ski/snowboard passport programs across the US and Canada.
|Colorado||5th 6th||5th grade free 6th grade $99||The 5th grade Passport Program provides participants with three free days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the 20 member resorts. The 6th grade Passport Program provides participants with four days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the 20 member resorts|
|Idaho||5th 6th||5th graders ski or ride FREE 3 times at all 18 Ski Idaho participating resorts with the 5th grade passport. 6th graders ski or ride FREE 2 times at each of 15* Ski Idaho participating resorts with the 6th grade passport.|
|Maine||5th 6th 7th||The WinterKids Passport will help you get outside and active more often in the winter, with free and discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals at 50 areas all over Maine!|
|Michigan||4th 5th||A “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 30 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops.|
|New Hampshire||4th 5th||$30 After 10/31/15 $35||Each Ski NH downhill and cross country ski area member contributes one free lift ticket or trail pass for your fourth or fifth grader to enjoy New Hampshire’s scenic ski trails this winter. In addition, each area also provides one additional offer; these may include such offers as savings on first-time and beginner lessons or equipment rentals for your fourth or fifth grader, savings on lift tickets and trail passes for parents and siblings, and more.|
|New York||3rd 4th||3rd & 4th Graders from anywhere – New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Canada, the Bahama’s – really – can ski or ride free at the majority of New York Resorts this winter when accompanied by a paying adult. If you are a 3rd or 4th grader and you’ve never skied before, the Learn To Ski or Ride Passport is available for FREE.|
|NW Rockies||5th||$20||If you’re in the 5th grade, no matter where you live, you can ski or ride for FREE at any participating Ski the NW Rockies area with the 5th Grade Ski Free Passport Program.|
|Pennsylvania||4th 5th||$30||The Snowpass may be used to obtain ONLY one (1) child’s Learn to Ski/Snowboard Package (beginner lift, lesson & rental) and no more than three (3) complimentary one-day child lift tickets at each participating resort during the 2015-16 season as determined by individual ski area|
|Utah||5th 6th||$35||Fifth graders ski or ride three times FREE* at each of Utah’s 14 resorts with Ski Utah’s 5th Grade Passport. Processing Fee is $35 (price increased after January 31, 2016). Sixth graders ski or ride one time FREE* at each resort.
Processing Fee is $35 (price increased after January 31, 2016).
|Vermont||5th||$10||Participating fifth graders up to 88 free days of skiing and riding at Vermont’s alpine and Nordic resorts with the Fifth Grade Passport|
|Stevens Pass WA||5th||Any 5th Grader in Washington State is eligible for a free season pass any time he or she visits Stevens Pass during the 2015-16 winter season.|
|Canada||4th 5th||$29.95||The Canadian Ski Council’s SnowPass™ lets you ski and snowboard three times at EACH participating ski area|