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Passport Program is an Affordable Option for Kids on the Slope

11/20/2023 07:05AM ● By Elainna Hemming
Steamboat Springs, CO - Watching a child gleefully carve turns, their eyes wide with exhilaration, is a proud moment for any parent passionate about winter sports. Their bank account, on the other hand, might not be as proud. Skiing is an expensive endeavor: rental poles, boots, skis/snowboards and helmets rack up a cost, not to mention gloves, coats, socks, base layers and everything needed to stay warm.

With the Colorado Ski Country USA Passport Program, parents can find some much- needed financial relief. A solution to the costly nature of skiing and snowboarding, the Passport Program is a partnership between Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) and Christy Sports. The program’s main focus is the Kid’s Ski Passport, intended for children from grades 3rd-6th at just $65. It allows up to four days of skiing or riding at each of the 20 CSCUSA ski areas – that includes Steamboat and Howelsen Hill as well as nearby locations like Loveland and Aspen. Along with the lift ticket, Christy Sports will provide two daily ski or snowboard rental packages, including boots, skis or a snowboard, and poles.

“We are always working to draw new people into skiing and snowboarding,” Sarah Beatty, Director of Communications at CSCUSA, says. “Our partnership with Christy Sports is a critical component of making skiing or snowboarding accessible to more families.”

While Steamboat residents are often lucky enough to experience the thrills of mountain activities in our own backyard, the Passport Program will make it easier for other families to do the same.

If your child is older than 6th grade, the partnership has another passport option for 12-17 year olds. Newly created this year, the Gems Teen Pass gives teens two days of winter excitement at 11 Colorado resorts for just $199. Although Steamboat isn’t a participating location yet, the Gem Teen Pass could expand to more areas in future years.

Any family with young kids involved in skiing and snowboarding, whether they be seasoned racers or curious beginners, can take advantage of the deals that the program offers. Interested locals or visitors that want to use the Kid’s Ski Passport for their Steamboat skiing adventures can buy the passport at CSCUSA’s website and visit Christy Sports, located at the base of Mount Werner or on Central Park Dr., to claim their rental packages.

To sign up for the program, visit