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Get pass ready … it’s ski time!

By Elean Gersack; photos courtesy of Liane Davis

The hills will be covered in snow in a few short weeks. Make plans now to get pass ready so you can beat the lines and head straight to the top of the mountain. See below for a list of great pass programs.

Fifth and Sixth Grade School of Shred Program
The School of Shred will offer fifth and sixth graders the opportunity to ski four days free at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek.

Also included in the School of Shred program is a free first-time lesson and rental at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail or Beaver Creek between November 26 and December 16 or during the entire month of January. Pass holders just show the pass at the ski or snowboard school of choice.

Simply bring a copy of the child’s report card to Colorado Ski & Golf, Colorado Ski & Sports, or REI and complete the pass application. The child’s photo will be taken and he/she will come home with a pass ready for the 2012-2013 ski/ride season.

For more information about School of Shred and the fifth and sixth grade ski free program, visit

Epic Pass, Epic Local, Summit Value Pass and More
The I-70 corridor offers some of the most popular mountains in Colorado. Visit to view pass options available for Vail Resorts’ mountains including Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin.

Colorado Ski Country USA Fifth and Sixth Grade Passports
Fifth graders can ski or snowboard a total of 60 days free across 20 resorts. They will enjoy three days at each of the following locations: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Durango Mountain, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, Ski Granby Ranch, Steamboat, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Telluride, Winter Park Resort, and Wolf Creek Ski Area. Fifth graders also have the opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard during the month of January with a free beginner lesson.

Purchase a Sixth Grade Passport with four days each of skiing or snowboarding at the 20 resorts listed above for $99. Visit to learn more.

Colorado Ski Country USA’s Gold Pass
Enjoy unlimited access to some of the best mountains in Colorado all season long and with no blackout dates. The pass is transferable so it can be shared among friends, clients, co-workers, family and more. The pass is valid at 21 resorts: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Purgatory, Echo, Eldora, Howelson, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, SolVista, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek. Visit to learn more about the Gold Pass.



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