All Fifth Graders Ski & Ride For Free in Colorado

DENVER, Colo., Sept. 2, 2003 – Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announces the kick-off of the 2003-2004 Fifth Grade Passport Program. Since its inception eight seasons ago, over 80,000 students have taken advantage of the program, which provides every fifth grader in the state of Colorado the opportunity to ski and snowboard free at 23 Colorado ski resorts*.

The Fifth Grade Passport is a FREE program available to any fifth grader.

Valid for the entire 2003-2004 season, the Fifth Grade Passport offers three free days at 23 member resorts, equaling 69 free days of skiing and riding on Colorado slopes. It also includes special offers from resorts and retail outlets for discounted equipment, lessons, lift tickets and other activities available to the whole family. The Passport is valued at over $3,000.

Passport applications are now available to all fifth grade students online at www.coloradoski.com and by Oct. 1 they will be available at sponsor locations and public and private schools across Colorado. Passports will also be processed at the Colorado SnowSports Expo at the Colorado Convention Center, Hall B in Denver Nov. 7-9, 2003.

World extreme skiing champion and Warren Miller Ski Team member, Chris Anthony, is the official spokesperson for the 2003-2004 Fifth Grade Passport program. Anthony, a Colorado native, has been with the program for five years. He visits schools on behalf of CSCUSA, speaking to fifth graders about his travels, career highlights and how winter sports have enriched his life.

“As a child, skiing opened a variety of doors, made me be part of something and helped me create goals. As an adult those values still play into everyday life,” said Anthony. “The 5th Grade Passport Program is one of those special situations that may change a young person’s life. It is an opportunity to breathe the Colorado Mountain air and be part of the culture of our state.”

Last year CSCUSA introduced the Graduate Pass, a youth program to encourage kids to continue to ski and snowboard in Colorado. The Graduate Pass is a $49 pass offered to sixth graders who previously had the Fifth Grade Passport. It is available online at www.coloradoski.com.

This year’s Passport partners include Pepsi, King Soopers, City Market, Colorado Ski & Golf, Boulder Ski Deals, Grand West Outfitters, Breeze Ski Rentals, Max Snowboard Rentals, Eskimo Ski Shop, Ford, The Denver Post and The Rocky Mountain News.

*Participating resorts are: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Durango Mountain Resort, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Keystone, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, SolVista, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Vail and Winter Park.

Colorado Ski Country USA is the non-profit trade association representing Colorado’s 24 ski & snowboard resorts. Information about the organization and its members can be found at www.coloradoski.com.