For the past 11 years, Colorado Ski Country has offered Colorado 5th Graders the chance to ski at Colorado resorts for free. This year, 21 Colorado ski resorts are participating, with each offering 3 days of free skiing and snowboarding. Do the math – that’s 63 days of hitting the slopes. See Colorado Ski Country Passports.
And this year 6th Graders have a program of their own. Sixth graders will get a whopping 4 DAYS of skiing and snowboarding at EACH of the 21 participating resorts – all for a mere $99. A year older, a little more expensive – but still a “deal.”
Participating resorts for 2008-09: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Purgatory (Durango), Echo Mountain, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, SolVista, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.
This is an innovative approach to indoctrinate the young into a great sport – but not to be accepted without two caveats:
– Do READ the waiver attached to the registration form – in Colorado this release of laibility will be enforced, and you can waive your child’s rights under Colorado law.
– Do REQUIRE your child to wear a helmet whenever on the ski slopes, if you need further persuasion on this point see Ski Safety News Winter 2005, Wearing Helmets Essential to Safety of Sport.