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Colorado Ski Country USA 5th Grade Passport Program

Fifth grade is a funny year.

In most places, fifth graders rule the school. They are the big kids, twice as tall as the Kindergarteners, with an edge on everyone else, both in terms of stature and wisdom.

Yet fifth graders are also on the cusp of Middle School, with its unknowns and transitions from daily recess to daily homework.

Luckily before 5th graders turn into 6th graders, they pass through winter.

And in Colorado, no one rules winter like 5th graders.

The Colorado Ski Country USA 5th Grade Passport, Presented by Christy Sports

If you’re a ski mom or dad (snowboard parents, too), you’re going to like these three words: free lift tickets.

As a parent, I know you’re busy and I know it’s hard to cut through all the noise created by school, family, sports, work and life, but please let me repeat that.

Free lift tickets.

Yes, with a CSCUSA 5th Grade Passport, your child gets one year of free skiing, totally on the house, courtesy of twenty-two Colorado ski areas and resorts and presenting sponsor Christy Sports.

Here’s how it works.

1) Go to the Colorado Ski Country USA website now (or any day this fall) and register your child.

Registration is easy. If your child attends school in Colorado, your school should have shared an application code with all 5th graders in September.

If you don’t have a code, or you live outside Colorado, upload proof of age and grade level, using a report card from last year, student ID, school schedule or a birth certificate.

2) Once you receive the passport in the mail, present it at the ticket window of any participating resort for a free one-day lift ticket.

The 5th Grade passport can be used three times at each ski area. Only Wolf Creek has blackout dates (12/27-12/31/17).

3) If your child has never skied or snowboarded before, sign up for a free First Class lesson and rental.

After applying for a passport, all eligible children will receive an email notifying them to sign up for a free lesson. Each year, about 2000 5th graders take these free lessons.

Here’s a list of the ski areas where your child can use a 5th Grade Passport: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Cooper, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

Among these ski areas, you’ll find some of the most well-known resorts in the world. Also among these resorts you’ll find smaller, local mountains perfect for beginners and families (and everyone else, too!).

Whether your 5th grader is an experienced rider or a never-ever, the 5th grade pass will save you money and increase your family’s wintertime fun.

Giving Every Child a Chance To Ski or Snowboard

A goal of the CSCUSA Passport program is to get kids outside, actively enjoying winter.

Similarly, presenting sponsor Christy Sports believes in the importance of introducing every Colorado child to snowsports.

“Sponsoring CSCUSA is our way of promoting our sport to the next generation of skiers and snowboarders who can develop a love for snow sports in the Colorado mountains,” explains Randy England, Director of Marketing at Christy Sports

“To grow up so close to world-class skiing and not have an opportunity to at least try skiing and snowboarding would be a great disservice to kids across the state.”

So while it’s important to help 5th graders learn to ski and ride, CSCUSA and Christy Sports recognize that it is crucial to keep the momentum going into 6th grade.

A Passport for 6th Graders, Too

The 6th Grade Passport isn’t free, but it is still an incredible deal.

If reserved before November 30, the 6th grade pass is just $105 for four days of skiing at each of the same twenty-two Colorado resorts and ski areas. After November 30, but before January 31, 2018, the cost is $125.

If your child skied all 88 days (a worthy goal!), the cost is $1.20 per lift ticket.

An easier goal might be 10 ski days, at a cost of $10.50 per ticket.

As for parents and siblings, the deals vary from season to season, but beginning in November, you can check online for Passport coupons on the CSCUSA website.

Tips for Parents, From Parents

Thousands of Colorado families have used 5th and 6th grade passports since the program began in 1996.

Here are some of their tips.

    1. “Use the passports as an excuse to explore Colorado.” Plan to ski mountains you’ve never skied before.
    2. “To save money, buy a season pass at your local mountain and take advantage of the free days at other Colorado resorts that come with your pass.” Passport coupons and CSCUSA Gem Cards with discounts at ten Colorado ski areas are other ways to save money.
    3. “Get a pass for your child, even if you don’t ski.” Many schools offer field trips and excursions to help kids use their passes. Also check with your child’s clubs to see if they have ski trips planned, and don’t forget to call upon friends.
    4. “Introduce your children’s friends to skiing and bring them along.” When our sons had passes, we enjoyed taking their friends with us.The friends had rentals and passports, so it didn’t cost us a dime.

About the Author:

Kristen Lummis

Kristen Lummis is a freelance writer based in Colorado who focuses on family skiing and adventure. She blogs at

Powder Daze FAQ's

It’s approaching that time of year when many Coloradans are ready for a little relief from the heat and perhaps a sprinkle or two of snow. The month of August doesn’t just signify one step closer to ski season, it means the much-anticipated Christy Sports Powder Daze is upon us!

Whether you choose to ski or ride, the act of hitting the slopes in the winter is woven into the fabric of Colorado culture. A fresh new board or shiny new pair of skis is a priceless investment carrying you through countless bluebird days in the winter wonderland of Colorado. Still, everybody loves a good sale. Powder Daze is your chance to invest in your winter while saving big with up to 70% off your ski and snowboard gear and unbeatable pass deals.

Whether you’re new to Colorado, visiting for the summer, or a resident who’s spent a few consecutive years browsing all the outstanding offerings of Powder Daze, we know a sale that seems too good to be true may come along with some questions. We’re here to answer those questions!

Powder Daze FAQ’s

What the heck is Powder Daze?

We can’t think of a better place to start! For those who aren’t familiar with Powder Daze, it’s the premier Ski and Snowboard Gear and apparel sale to prepare you for season. It’s your chance to take the money you’re about to save on A/C and put it towards top-of-the-line gear and apparel at up to 70% off.

Where and when is this awesome-sounding event?

Powder Daze will take place at three different locations. For those avid online shoppers, the sale starts as soon as August 16th on our website.

Steamboat Powder Daze

August 18th– August 27thPowder Daze

Tennis Meadows Parking Lot

Denver Powder Daze*

August 25th– September 5th

8602 W Cross Dr. in Littleton

Dillon Powder Daze

August 25th– September 4th

817 Highway 6 in Dillon

Online Powder Daze 

August 16th– September 5th

*The Denver Event Center in Littleton is the main Powder Daze location. This location will offer the most pass deals and largest selection of gear.

How can I save on ski passes?

Glad you asked! Powder Daze doesn’t just offer your opportunity to be outfitted in the best gear for the slopes while saving some dough, the event also features exclusive pass deals from more than 10 Colorado mountains. Stay tuned for specific pass offerings or follow us on Facebook to delight in our Daily Pass Deal Reveals.

What locations will offer these ski pass deals?

To take advantage of our legendary Colorado ski pass deals, you must be in the flesh at either our Denver or Dillon Powder Daze locations. It’s important to note that while every pass deal will be available in Denver, a limited number will be offered at our Dillon location. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces each year, so passes will not be offered online. Passes will also not be offered at our Steamboat location. (only amazing gear deals)

Why isn’t the sale offered at all Christy Sports locations?

If you don’t live in the vicinity of one of our Powder Daze locations, we understand you may need to put a few miles on your vehicle. However, we’ve narrowed it down to just one location on the Front Range and one in Summit County. This way, we can bring all of our amazing pass partners and incredible inventory together in one location for your convenience! You’ll even catch some of the ski and snowboard reps making their way down the mountain to partake in the fun in Denver. Plus, if you can’t make it to one of our Powder Daze locations, you can shop the gear and apparel deals online.

What if I am looking for a specific item at Powder Daze?

You’ll have to come join the party! Our team is unable to field calls from fans looking for specific inventory as they will have their hands full providing awesome customer service to folks on the floor. But hey, we think you’ll be glad you stopped by. If you find your dream item online, buy it and we’ll ship it to you!

Can I return items purchased at Powder Daze?

We hope you’re THRILLED with your Powder Daze purchases. But, in case you aren’t, gear and apparel can be returned with proof of purchase within 30 days of the purchase date. All pass products are non-refundable.

As we creep closer to the start of Powder Daze, we will continue to provide updated information on our Powder Daze Website. In the meantime, mark off the days on your calendar and plan to join us for the most exciting ski and snowboarding sale of the year. And remember, when they say “no white after Labor Day,” they aren’t referring to the weather!