Fifth and sixth graders in Colorado have the opportunity for a great deal to get them on the slopes. The Fifth Grade Passport is free through Colorado Ski Country USA. Every fifth grader who registers gets three days on the slopes for free, at all of Colorado Ski Country USA's 21 member resorts. Sixth graders get four days on the snow at each of the 21 resorts, at a cost of $99.
Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA, says, "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 Ski Country USA started the program 13 years ago and it continues to be successful. Most elementary schools receive information about the pass. You also can sign up online.
Vail Resorts offers a similar program at its four Colorado mountains: Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, and Breckenridge. The School of Shred pass is good for four free unrestricted days of skiing or snowboarding at any and all of the four Vail Resorts-owned mountains. Fifth graders need to go a season pass office at any of the resorts, anytime throughout the ski season to get their pass. The child must be there to get a picture taken, and must bring proof of eligibility, such as a school I.D. or report card. All passes are non-transferable.