This winter, it pays to be a young skier, snowboarder

A gaggle of youthful snow lovers take a moment to show their approval of Colorado Ski Country USA’s 5th Grade Passport free-skiing program. Since the program’s inception 13 years ago, more than 200,000 Colorado families have spent time on the slopes.

What starts with “s” and ends in “g” and offers a full winter of enjoyment for about $1.20 a day?

If you’re a sixth grader (or the person paying for that sixth grader), it’s skiing or snowboarding on a special Colorado Ski Country USA 6th Grade Passport.

For $99, sixth graders get four days of skiing at 21 Colorado Ski Country resorts, which means 84 days on snow at less than $1.20 a day.

That’s the latest deal coming from Colorado Ski Country, which also again this year is offering the popular 5th Grade Passport, available free to all fifth graders in Colorado and providing three days of no-cost skiing at each of 21 CSCUSA member resorts.

That’s 63 days of free sliding, a bargain no matter how you look at it.

“Skiing in Colorado is something that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to do,” said Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade association representing 21 Colorado ski resorts. “The Passport programs make introducing 5th and 6th graders to skiing and snowboarding easy and accessible for families.

“The Passport provides the lift ticket, resorts provide inspiring terrain, Mother Nature provides the snow, and kids bring all the fun with them.”

Colorado began the 5th Grade Passport program 13 years and nearly a quarter-million young skiers ago, helping nearly 200,00 families get on the slopes.

Other states have seen the light and have initiated similar youth-skier programs of their own, Mills said.

“We’ve seen the program grow exponentially over the years,” Mills said. “And we are thrilled to see it replicated today in other states around the country.”

Information about the 5th grade and 6th grade passports is available online at


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