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Copper Ski and Ride University is your ticket to a free season pass

Summit Daily staff report

Copper wants everyone to get on skis or a snowboard this season — and stay there.

Just in time to welcome the U.S. Ski Team, Copper Mountain announced the return of the Ski and Ride School University program.

Ski and Ride U., as it's known, offers newbies a hassle-free way to give skiing or snowboarding a try and provides plenty of incentive to stay with the sport. For $199 per student, the package includes: three ski or snowboard lessons, lift tickets, equipment rentals, close-in parking and lunch. That's about the price of a single day on the hill if you headed out to learn on your own.

Upon graduation and completion of the third lesson, Copper will toss in a free season pass, so guests can continue to progress for remainder of the 2015/2016 winter season. Additionally after graduation, guests will also receive 50-percent off their 2016/2017 Copper Mountain Season Pass.

While enrolled in Ski and Ride School U, guests will take advantage of Copper's newly-created, terrain-based teaching area. This beginner-friendly section is located in Green Acres, a small learning area between Center and East villages. This non-intimidating area highlights entry-level, manmade features, such as banked turns and a gentle mini-pipe, teamed with progressive teaching principles from ski and ride school instructors.

Guests must be 18 years or older and completely new to the sports of skiing and snowboarding to participate. It's the honors system — don't abuse the system by signing up to get a season pass. To be eligible for both pass discounts (complimentary 2015/2016 Copper Mountain Season Pass and discounted 2016/2017 Season Pass), the third lesson must be completed on or before April 10, 2016.

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If you're here for vacation and plan on returning, remember that Ski and Ride University lessons will not be available between the dates of Dec. 27, 2015 and Jan. 3, 2016 over the New Year's holiday.

The product must be purchased in person at Copper Mountain guest services or the Mountain Sports Sales Center located in the Copper One building in Copper's Center Village. There are no online sales.

The program is limited, and registration won't last the entire season. For more information on Copper's Ski and Ride U., see http://www.CopperColorado.com/SRSU.

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