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Lindsey Vonn program offers free skiing and riding for High Country kids

Lindsey Vonn program offers free skiing and riding for high country kids

Sometimes the hardest part about getting involved in a new sport is the ability to try it out in the first place.

But this winter, fifth- and sixth-grade students can ski or snowboard up to 20 times for free at ski resorts in Summit County and beyond through Lindsey Vonn’s School of Shred program.

The program is offered as way to encourage kids to stay active and get out on the mountain and learn to ski or snowboard.

Children involved in the program can ski or ride at Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek for free for up to four days at each resort.

First-timers will also receive a complimentary beginner ski or snowboard lesson and equipment rental that can be used from Dec. 2 to Dec. 15, 2013, or Jan. 5 to Jan. 31, 2014, as part of “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.”

The School of Shred program was introduced by Vail Resorts in 2008 and is designed to help inspire a lifelong passion for the outdoors and an active lifestyle for kids throughout Colorado.

To sign up to receive the School of Shred pass for fifth- or sixth-graders, a parent or guardian will need to present documentation proving eligibility. This can be a report card, school ID indicating grade level for the current school year, or a valid birth certificate at any resort season pass office or any Front Range Vail Resorts’ Epic pass sales location.

Students must be present at the time of purchase to get their photo taken for their Vail Resorts School of Shred pass.

Parents can enroll their fifth- and sixth-graders in the School of Shred program now through Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

Winter Park features two ways for visitors to experience winter on snowcat

Snowcats provide two unique ways to explore Winter Park to suit both adrenaline junkies and those who prefer casual luxury.

Scenic snowcat tours provide a trek through Winter Park Resort’s trails without skis or a snowboard in a heated, 13-passenger machine. During these two-hour tours, the snowcat travels across many of the resort’s prime ski trails.

The tours are offered twice a day during the week and three times a day on weekends and cost $49 per person.

Those craving a back-country carving experience can check out Powder Addiction for snowcat skiing and riding through high alpine bowls, meadows, rock bands, open chutes and gullies. All of Powder Addiction’s trips include transportation to and from Winter Park, Liberty powder demo skis, avalanche safety gear, lunch and a photographer. These tours cost $350-$400 depending on the time of the season.

For more information about these programs, visit the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber at www.PlayWinterPark.com.

Snowsports and ski area leaders unite on Capitol Hill

On Sept. 24 and 25, board members from SnowSports Industries America (SIA), the snow sports industry’s member-owned trade association, along with National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) board members, joined forces in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to grow participation and to lobby around regulatory and trade issues currently affecting the snow sports industry.

SIA and NSAA spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress and their key staff members focusing on five main issues: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, Miscellaneous Tarriff Bill, TSA Policy for Avalanche Air Bag Canisters, Water Rights for Land Resorts and Immigration and Visas.

NSAA and SIA will also be working together in the future to expand the efforts of the snow sports participation programs Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Bring a Friend Challenge.

“Getting all of us to focus on the issue and share best practices is the best way to move the needle for the industry. The resorts and the equipment providers are symbiotically linked,” said Stephen Kircher of Boyne Resorts and the NSAA board.

— Daily News staff report


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