Get that first ski lesson for free

Colorado’s fifth and sixth graders can enjoy a winter skiing and boarding thanks to special ski-pass offers from Colorado Ski Country USA.

Fifth-graders new to skiing and snowboarding can get that first lesson free, thanks to Colorado Ski Country USA.

The ski-industry trade group again is offering its popular First Class, which provides one free beginner ski or snowboard lesson, including rental equipment, for youngsters holding Ski Country’s free 5th Grade Passport.

The lessons, in coordination with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, are provided in January at 17 Colorado Ski Country member resorts, including Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

Information about the First Class program has been provided to parents of fifth-graders who currently are registered for the free Colorado Ski Country 5th Grade Passport.

“Skiing and snowboarding are Colorado’s signature sports, and we want to ensure that every child in Colorado has the opportunity to participate in our great winter pastime,” said Melanie Mills, Colorado Ski Country USA president and CEO. “The First Class program is so valuable for kids and parents alike because it makes that first-ever day on the mountain a safe and fun experience.”

Mills emphasized that proper equipment and professional instruction “are paramount for a kid’s first day on the slopes, and First Class assures parents that their ‘never-evers’ are introduced into the sport in a structured, enjoyable environment.”

The Colorado Ski Country USA 5th Grade Passport program provides three free lift tickets at each participating CSCUSA member resort — that’s 60 days total of free skiing and riding — to the state’s fifth-graders.

The 6th Grade Passport program offers sixth-graders four lift tickets at the same resorts for $99.

More information on these ski-pass programs is available online at


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