Posted on 9/20/2012 by Alyssa Hubbard

Colorado Ski Passports Mean Free Skiing for Kids

What is a Colorado Ski Passport?

For the past 16 years, over 200,000 families have participated in Colorado Ski Country USA's 5th Grade Passport Program. The program was established in 1996 and more than 200,000 kids have participated in the program since then.  This year, the 5th Grade Passport Program provides participants with three free days of skiing or snowboarding at 20 different resorts. Kids can choose to ski or snowboard all 60 of the days or just a few, but either way the 5th Grade Passport is still the best value in Colorado.  Once you've applied, you just present your child's passport at the ticket window, and it's that easy!  The ticket office supplies your child with a one day lift ticket and punches your passport.  Unfortunately Keystone is not on the resort list this year, but nearby Arapahoe Basin does accept the Passports!

The goal of this program is to make skiing more accessible for those who are lucky enough to live in Colorado.  It also focuses on healthy youth, by providing a fun way for kids to stay physically active, even in the colder winter months when they might not otherwise want to play outside.

2012-13 participating resorts for the 5th & 6th Passport Program will be: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Eldora, Howelson Hill, Loveland, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn, Purgatory/Durango, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, Ski Granby Ranch (previously Sol Vista Basin), Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park, and Wolf Creek.

PLEASE NOTE that Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone are NOT participating in the programs this year and your 5th & 6th Grade Passports will NOT be valid at those resorts. The 6th Grade Passport is non-refundable.  To apply, you must apply online or send application/items for the pass through the mail. Your child's pass will come to you standard first class mail. 

Deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2013.

6th Grade Passport:

If your child is in 6th grade, there is still a great deal available for them to get a great deal on skiing or riding this season! The  6th Grade Colorado Ski Passport Program provides participants with four days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the 20 member resorts for a just $99. That amounts to 80 awesome days on the slopes for a mere $1.25 per day, you will not find a better deal! 

First Class Learn to Ski or Ride Program:

During the entire month of January, the First Class program offers 5th graders the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard. Children who have neither experienced skiing nor snowboarding, and are enrolled in the 5th Grade Passport Program, have the opportunity to receive one free beginner lesson and rental package. Lessons are a great way to help your child gain the knowledge and confidence they need to become successful on the slopes.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity for your child this ski season, apply for the Colorado Ski Passport today! Don't forget, all guests receive 25% off ski rentals with Mountain View Sports in Keystone.  They also have a Kids Rent Free program!  Check out some of our properties in East Keystone, such as Settler's Creek or the Buffalo Lodge or Silver Mill in River Run Village in order to be closest to the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area! There is also a free shuttle run by the Summit Stage that runs to A-Basin hourly from Keystone during the ski season.

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