ALL PARENTS MUST ATTEND ONE PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT (in addition to sign-up nights). You will not be eligible for the program next year if you do not attend an education night. Parent events during the 2020-2021 year will be hosted primarily through online platforms. These virtual events are free and open to any community member and young people over the age of 12. Links will be shared here closer to the event dates. 

Vaping and How To Have Trusted Adult Conversations – 4/6

This workshop will summarize national, state and local data, trends, and culture of youth use for electronic nicotine devices, e-cigarettes, and vaping. Explain the policies, laws, and health effects related to vaping. Use trusted adult principles to have conversations with young people the use of electronic nicotine devices, e-cigarettes, and vaping. Educate on community resources that support youth prevention and cessation. If you attended last year there will be some repetition with the trusted adult portion but new data, trends, and health effects will the shared.

Presenters – Emily Mirza, Betty Sue Gurk, and Kyle Tibbett 

We recorded Dr. Jason Kilmer’s presentation is on the website. A great resource for those of you who could not attend or if you missed parts. Here is the link:

Cindy Pierce presented on January 25th and 26th to youth and adults on topics that include social hosting. If you missed the presentation below is the link for Investing in the Long Game of Social and Sexual Health for Our Kids.

If you view the presentation, please complete the survey to receive parent education credit.

This presentation will provide parents with information, research and perspective about how party norms, hookup culture and social media create complicated social terrain for teens. To better support teens, it is important for parents to build a toolbox of conversation skills. It can be challenging to sort through the myths, community norms and pressure from other parents to create emotional and physical safety. By debunking myths and highlighting current research, I hope to instill more conviction in parents who are ready to reconsider and challenge accepted norms. Investing in the long-term wellbeing of our kids requires us to actively engage in awkward and uncomfortable conversations. My hope is to inspire parents to set aside fears and discomfort and establish boundaries and rules that align with their values. I encourage parents to consider their own role in helping their children grow up to have healthy attitudes and to make healthy choices about sex and alcohol.

Over 40 local businesses will continue to offer discounts this school year including Gunnison Rec Center annual pass and Crested Butte Mountain Resort winter ski passes. More information on pricing and ski pass purchase will be released in the coming weeks. For more information and for a list of discounts and free products, go to

Thank you,
The Choice Pass Committee

Ski Pass:

Choice Ski Passes are on sale! They are $139.00 plus tax and families can purchase online. The credits from last year’s passes will be applied. They suggest if you have the email or letter with the credit to have it on hand but they should be able to locate the credit in their system.

Choice Ski Passes can no longer be purchased over the phone. The ticket office is open at the base area 7 days a week from 8am-4pm. You can purchase passes in person at the office. If you have previously left a message, they are currently working through the voicemails and calling folks back to purchase.

Below are some useful resources for parents from CBMR about how to reserve days.

First steps to using your account:

  1. Log into, using the email address that you get emails from.
    1. If you do not know your password you may use the “forgot my password” tool.
  2. Verify that you and your family members have passes in your account.
  3. Sign your waiver and set your home mountain (Choice passes will be CB, of course).
  4. Now you are ready to book!
    1. You can only book your core season (12/8/20 – 4/4/21) using your 7 priority days. This means your first bookable day is 12/8.
    2. If you are trying to guarantee early season skiing, you must book weekly.
    3. Our first few days of the season will become available on 11/18 at 1pm MST, and are available to passholders only.
    4. Choice pass, Epic local, CB only, all valid passes. No buddy tickets until the core season begins! You CAN still purchase an epic 1-7 day pass!
  5. Your booked days are visible under “epic coverage.”

If you have any account troubles, our website has chat bubbles available, which will get your problem solved by real sales agents. Including password resets.

If you need to speak to someone about your (NOT CHOICE PASS) pass you can call 970-754-0005, or 970-754-0095. Both are active call queues.

Link to check reservation availability:       

Link to Epic Coverage Policy:

Backcountry Ski Days – For youth who have completed the Avalanche Safety Course through Irwin Guides or an AIARE course in the past there is the opportunity to do a guided backcountry ski day with Colorado Backcountry. You will need to provide your own touring skis or split board and avalanche safety gear. Choice Pass and help pay for gear if needed. It is $30 for the guided day. RSVP to to reserve a space!

March 7th
March 14th

Social distancing and COVID-19 has created many unique challenges and concerns that we all have to adapt to daily. Below are some links for parents and families to support their adolescent.

Please, reach out with any concerns or questions.

Emily Mirza
Youth Programming Coordinator
Gunnison County Dept. of Juvenile Services
200 E. Virginia Ave, Gunnison Co 81230
p: 970-641-7612
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Donate to the Choice Pass Component Fund here –