Fifth graders in Colorado have no excuse not to learn how to ski or snowboard, thanks to a great statewide program. Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) offers the Fifth Grade Passport Program. Over 200,000 families have taken part in the offer for the past 15 years. Every fifth grader who registers gets three days on the slopes for free, at all of CSCUSA’s 21 member resorts.

The deal for sixth graders isn’t shabby either. Sixth graders get four days on the snow at each of the 21 resorts, at a cost of $99. That works out to 84 days on the slopes, at only $1.20 a day. Can’t beat that.

It gets even better as CSCUSA is once again offering First Class. It is a program available for fifth graders who have never tried skiing or snowboarding. Passport holders get one free ski or snowboard lesson, which includes rentals, anytime in January which is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

“We were happily surprised by how popular First Class was last year given that it was the first year we offered it. Turns out there are quite a few never-ever fifth graders in Colorado, and that’s something we hope to change," CSCUSA's Jenn Rudolph said. "We were thrilled to be able to give last year’s fifth graders a Passport, First Class lesson and rental equipment and get them introduced to the sport. Looking forward to doing the same for more fifth graders this year.”

Most elementary schools receive information about the pass and have the applications. You can also sign up online. All passes are non-transferable.

Click here for more information or call 303-866-9707.