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Ski season is coming up quickly and those who like to get in on the cheapest season passes should note that prices are already rising. Those with kids have to worry not only about a pass or tickets for themselves, but also seek out the most economical way for the kids to board or ski since most resorts start charging kids pretty big prices at a very young age. Last year I wrote a post on some of the ways and places where kids can ski free, but that post came too late in the season for a couple of the best opportunities that I want to outline today.
Get the Free Epic School Kids Colorado Pack
Some of the best kids ski free opportunities for those in Kindergarten – 5th grade come in the form of Epic School Kids passes. There is one in Colorado and a similar one in Utah. The Utah program specifies that it is just available to Utah residents, but the Colorado program has no such restriction.
The Epic School Kids Colorado Pack provides four days of skiing/riding at: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone for those in Kindergarten through 5th grade. It even includes a free first-timer ski or ride lesson with equipment rental for those who have never been on a board or skis before.
While there is no residency restriction limiting the Colorado Pack to just those who live in Colorado, there are a couple of nuances to the program, namely that you and your kid(s) must show up in person to register for the pass at a Colorado Ski and Golf or Boulder Ski Deals Store before October 8, 2017. If you do this, be sure to bring your child’s report card, student ID, birth certificate or passport for age verification.
Before you load up the family to head to Colorado to apply for a free pass, also note that pass has holiday restricted use dates of:
- November 24, 2017 – November 25, 2017
- December 26, 2017 – December 31, 2017
- January 13, 2018
- February 17, 2018 – February 18, 2018
The first-timer lessons and rentals are available from 11/27/17 – 12/16/17 and 1/18/18 – 2/1/18. Ski lessons are available for kids ages 3+ and snowboard lessons are available for kids ages 7+. Again, the pass is valid for four days of skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone, for a total of up to 16 free days on the slopes. It does not include access to Arapahoe Basin.
While I do have plans to ski at Vail this year with my second grade daughter, I don’t think we will be making a special trip to Colorado before October 8th just to get the pass as the economics of a trip to Colorado solely for a pass for one kid for one ski trip don’t really play out. However, if we had multiple ski-aged kids and a couple of eligible trips planned, then I would be very tempted to hop on some cheap flights to Colorado and make it a fun adventure to get the free Epic School Kids Colorado Passes! In fact, if they keep the program around, that is exactly what I hope to do when we have a 5 and 10 year old, and then the next year with a 6 and 11 year old. With the existence of $20 flights to Denver, the math can really make sense.
Free Epic School Kids Colorado Pack Application Locations
Colorado Ski & Golf – Aurora
2650 South Havana Aurora, CO
Colorado Ski & Golf – Arvada
7715 Wadsworth Arvada, CO
Colorado Ski & Golf – Colorado Springs
2454 Montebello Square Dr Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Ski & Golf – Littleton
8100 W. Crestline Littleton, CO
Colorado Ski & Sports – Park Meadows
8691 Park Meadows Center Drive Lone Tree, CO
2525 Arapahoe Rd. Boulder, CO
Thanks to Travis at One Mile at a Time for the reminder about this great program and the upcoming October application deadline. Have you ever made use of the free Epic School Kids Colorado or Utah packs? Did you make a special trip to Colorado just to apply for the free passes?
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