Fifth Grade Passport holders who have never spent time on the snow have no excuse not to learn in January. Those with the passport, who are new to the sport, will receive a complimentary beginner ski or snowboard lesson, including rentals, as part of January's Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month.

The Fifth Grade Passport is something offered to every fifth grader in the state. Simply by signing up, they can receive three free lift tickets at each participating Colorado Ski Country USA member resort. The program has now gone one step further by offering to teach beginner fifth graders how to ski or snowboard.

"Colorado resorts have always been committed to providing a top-notch ski experience for beginners," said Melanie Mills, CSCUSA president and CEO. "Learning to ski or snowboard is a part of our heritage, and we and our resorts want to encourage one and all to give skiing or snowboarding a try. The deals and packages our resorts offer are a great way to hit the slopes and learn the ropes."

Mom and Dad can learn at Copper Mountain, which offers beginner adults a deal on the Ready/Set/Go program. Beginners can buy two half-day private lessons at Copper for $698, and get a third private lesson for free. The private lessons can include up to six people. The cost is $698 for the first person, and then $30 extra per person per day, for up to six people. Get a group together and the price gets better.

Snowmass and Buttermilk offer Adult Beginner’s Magic lessons, at a single-day price of $189, which includes lessons, beginner lower lift ticket, and rentals. Other options are available.

More Information: ColoradoSki Country USA or call 303-866-9707; Copper Mountain; Aspen/Snowmass.