Vail Resorts offers free skiing deal for elementary kids |

Vail Resorts offers free skiing deal for elementary kids

Skiing and riding at Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Resort and Vail Resorts’ other Colorado mountains just became more accessible for families with young children.

Vail Resorts announced Monday, March 24, that after nine years’ its lift-ticket-and-lesson deal for fifth- and sixth-graders, formerly known as School of Shred, will apply to all kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

Renamed Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack, the program provides four days of free skiing and riding at each of the company’s Colorado resorts — Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek.

In addition, the offer comes with a free full-day beginner lesson and equipment rentals at any of those resorts in January, excluding holiday periods, as part of Learn to Ski & Ride Month.

“Vail Resorts is providing a tremendous opportunity for our community, our families and our kids to get outside, explore the mountains and learn and play in the outdoors,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Opening up the possibility for kids’ participation in snowsports — some who may never before have dreamed that they could enjoy such an experience — is an important effort in ensuring that Colorado is the healthiest state in the country for generations to come.”

The company’s chief marketing officer, Kirsten Lynch, said fostering a love of skiing and snowboarding in kids is a top priority for Vail Resorts.

“As a Colorado-based company, it is incredibly important that we continue to find ways to connect kids and families in our local communities and around the state with the mountains and the many benefits of snowsports,” she said.

Parents and guardians can register their children at participating Front Range Colorado Ski & Golf, Colorado Ski & Sport and Boulder Ski Deals locations through Memorial Day, May 25.

Parents must present a copy of their child’s report card, school ID or birth certificate, as well as a photo for their pass. Parents or guardians will be asked to sign a release before they receive the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack in the mail.

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