New Season Pass for 6th Graders Who Participated in the Fifth Grade Passport

DENVER, Colo., August 19, 2002 – Colorado Ski Country USA announces the new Graduate Pass for sixth graders in Colorado. The Graduate Pass is an extension of the popular Fifth Grade Passport introduced six years ago allowing all 5th graders in the state to ski and snowboard for free at Colorado’s 23 resorts.

Any fifth grader who participated in the Fifth Grade Passport program is eligible for the Graduate Pass for the 2002-2003 season 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.”The Graduate Pass is another way for our industry to reach out to the youth in our state in order to continue their involvement and to keep them excited about our sports,” said Rob Perlman, President & CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “The most incredible skiing and snowboarding is right in our backyard and the youth of Colorado have an opportunity to experience it. Research shows that the farther away the kids get from fifth grade the less they participate, so these two programs are one way we can help facilitate their experience.”

The FREE Fifth Grade Passport program provides every fifth grader in the state of Colorado the opportunity to ski and snowboard free at each of CSCUSA’s 23 member resorts. The Fifth Grade Passport is a free program available to any fifth grader in Colorado.

The 2002-2003 Fifth Grade Passport and Graduate Pass applications are available online at www.coloradoski.com/5passport and Fifth Grade Passport applications will also be mailed to schools in mid September. Last year’s Passport holders will be contacted regarding the Graduate Pass this week.

Early sign-up begins Labor Day weekend at Colorado Ski & Golf (2650 S. Havana, Aurora). Sign up for the Fifth Grade Passport or Graduate Pass on Saturday, August 31 from 9-6pm, Sunday, September 1 from 10-5pm or Monday, September 2 from 10-5pm.

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 the 24 ski and snowboard resorts in Colorado.