DENVER, Colo., January 23, 2003 -Friday, January 31, 2003 is the deadline for free skiing and riding in Colorado for fifth graders. The Fifth Grade Passport enters its seventh season of providing every fifth grader in the state of Colorado the opportunity to ski and snowboard free at each of Colorado Ski Country USA’s (CSCUSA) 23 resorts during the 2002-2003 season.

Valid between November and May, the Fifth Grade Ski Passport offers 69 days of free skiing and snowboarding. The passport also includes special offers from each member resort, and retail outlets for discounts on equipment, lessons and other activities. Applications can be found at www.coloradoski.com or by calling Colorado Ski Country USA at 303/837-0793.

This year CSCUSA introduced an extension of the Fifth Grade Passport, the Graduate Pass , which is still available. The new pass is offered to any fifth grader who participated in the Fifth Grade Passport program last year for only $49. The Graduate Pass is exactly like the Fifth Grade Passport which offers three days of skiing or riding at each of our 23 member resorts during their sixth grade season. The Graduate Pass offers 69 days of skiing and riding for under $1.50 a visit. The pass also includes special offers from each member resort and retail outlets for discounts on equipment, lessons and other activities. Applications can be found at www.coloradoski.com or by calling Colorado Ski Country USA at 303/837-0793.

The Fifth Grade Passport was created by Colorado Ski Country USA in 1996 to help introduce skiing and snowboarding to kids while providing a unique opportunity for fifth graders to ski and snowboard for free at 23 Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts.

Colorado Ski Country USA is the industry trade association representing Colorado ‘s 24 ski & snowboard resorts.