Thoughts of Powder and Mountains of Savings 

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With most Colorado ski resorts receiving about 25 feet of snow each season, it is the ideal place to participate in winter athletics. Of course resorts are not restricted to long-time skiers and riders. There are opportunities for all ages and skill levels to make their way down a mountain.

The Colorado Ski Country USA 5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs and the Colorado Gems Card are now available for the 2018-19 season. 

“Whether families are brand new to Colorado or long-time skiers and riders, the Passport program offers unmatched access to ski areas across Colorado and the opportunity to experience our state’s signature winter sports,” said Melanie Mills, President and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “Here at Colorado Ski Country, we think the Gems card is the best kept secret in skiing. “It pays for itself after one use and gives holders a great opportunity to get out around the state to explore ski areas they may not have experienced.”

With access to 22 different ski areas in Colorado, the Passport Program offers three free days of skiing at all locations to each fifth-grader. The Passport is free to all fifth-graders who complete registration. 

Sixth-graders can have 88 days (four free days at each of the 22 approved locations) of winter fun for $105, if registered early, after which it increases to $125. 

The Gems Card, $25, offers two 2-for-1 adult lift tickets or two 30-percent off adult lift tickets at each of the 11 approved Colorado Gems Resorts.

Approved locations for the Passport program and the Gems Card include Copper, Sunlight, Echo Mountain and many others, which all provide a variety of terrain. 

Remember, the early birds get the best deals on passes.

-         Jordyn MacDonald