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It’s no secret that Utah has “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” the greatest access on Earth and of course, the greatest resorts on Earth. Did you know that Utah also offers one of the greatest deals on Earth for children interested in skiing and snowboarding? Whether your child is a seasoned professional or headed to the slopes for the first time, Ski Utah’s 5th and 6th Grade Passport is not to be missed.

Gearing up for its 23rd year, the passport program gives fifth graders three days (45 days total) and sixth graders one day (15 days total) of skiing or riding at each of Utah’s 15 resorts. Ski Utah’s 5th and 6th Grade Passports, presented by America First Credit Union, are now on sale for the 2021-2022 season for only $45. Hurry to secure your child’s passport before prices increase December 1, 2021.

“Skiing and snowboarding continues to be a great way for children to recreate safely outdoors during the pandemic. Our fifth and sixth grade passports are the best way for kids to experience all 15 of Utah’s resorts,” said Raelene Davis, Ski Utah’s Vice President of Marketing.

The Ski Utah Passport is digital, which allow parents to use the Pass Portal to track the students’ redemption history, remaining days at each resort and access exclusive discounts.

Since the inception of Ski Utah’s Passport program, more than 150,000 fifth and sixth graders have been able to hone their skills on “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Fifth and sixth graders anywhere in the world can sign up and parents can find more information on the passport program, including application and redemption instructions, blackout dates and frequently asked questions, by visiting skiutah.com/passport.

The 5th and 6th Grade Passport is often preceded by Ski Utah’s 4th Grade Learn to Ski and Ride program, which is offered at select schools throughout Utah. Throughout the years, Ski Utah has attempted to come up with an integrated educational approach, which helps teachers correlate several aspects of the school curriculum with a field trip to the mountains. Fourth graders learn how to prepare for their on-mountain ski or snowboard experience by learning the movements they’ll be doing on the snow and watching a video which covers how to dress, the equipment they will be using and nutrition required to be successful on a day in the mountains.

Ditch your desk job for your dream job

Ready to trade your desk job in the valley for mountain air, snowy lunch breaks and stunning vistas? Right now is the perfect time to discover and foster a career you love in the ski operations industry. All Utah resorts are currently hiring!

Besides the obvious positions like ski instructors, lift operators and food and beverage personnel, resorts rely heavily on the skills and expertise of mechanics, maintenance gurus, operators of heavy machinery, spa and beauty technicians, snowmakers, accountants, janitors, marketing experts, financial analysts, event coordinators and chefs, to name just a few.

Some of the most unique jobs currently available at Utah resorts include massage therapist at Solitude Mountain, glassblower at Sundance Resort and adaptive ski and snowboard instructor at National Ability Center.

It’s worth taking the time to review current employment opportunities with all of Utah’s ski areas. The options at your favorite local resorts may just surprise you. Working at a ski resort provides unbeatable access to the slopes, like-minded coworkers and the chance for a rewarding career. We have to admit that it’s way more exciting than your typical 9-5 desk job. Please visit each resort’s recruitment page to learn more: https://www.skiutah.com/about/Resort-Careers

Interconnect in Utah

Have you ever wanted to ski six Utah resorts in one day? Ski Utah’s Interconnect Tour is the perfect way to experience the gorgeous scenery and magnificent views of up to six resorts in one single day through a safe tour with experienced guides. This opportunity is for any advanced to expert skiers over the age of 15 and is truly a bucket list experience.

For the 2021-2022 season, Ski Utah will offer both open tour and private tour options. The open tour is a great way to meet up to eight new friends with similar interests and costs $450 per person. The private tour is perfect for those who want a more customized experience with friends and family for $1,499 for the first three guests and $300 per person for any additional group members. Both options include lunch, transportation, views and a fantastic learning opportunity.

The interconnect tour operates two standard routes, or your group can even customize a route if you opt for a private tour. The Deer Valley departing tour is a true traverse of the Wasatch Mountain range, with opportunities to experience Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and the backcountry terrain between these resorts. This tour covers an average of 25 miles, requires good physical condition and the ability to ski variable ski conditions. The Snowbird departing tours require more hiking, more sidestepping and a stronger skier, with opportunities to experience Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude and the backcountry terrain between these resorts. Whichever route you choose, you’re bound to have a fantastic day and make great memories.

Sharing the Wasatch Mountains with clients since 1984, the interconnect tour is truly one of the most unique skiing experiences Utah has to offer, and every Utah local should try it at least once.