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A Great Ski Deal for Vermont Kids 

Published December 15, 2015 at 1:43 p.m.

click to enlarge Chase and Giada Willet of Colchester learned to ski last season at Smugglers’ Notch - COURTESY OF VERMONT GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS AND SPORTS
  • Courtesy of Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Chase and Giada Willet of Colchester learned to ski last season at Smugglers’ Notch
A Learn to Ski and Snowboard package costs just 20 bucks for Vermont kids — if you act fast. The deal, offered by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, is available to the first 300 young Vermonters under age 18 who enroll starting today — Tuesday, December 15.

Equipment rental, one beginner group lesson and a lift ticket for beginner trails are included in the $20 package, which you can use in January at 7 participating resorts around the state. Age limits and blackout dates vary by location, so read the resorts’ restrictions before making your reservation. Some allow kids as young as 3 or 4 to take lessons, while others start as old as 13.

The package, which Ski Vermont offers every year, is usually $49 but this winter the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is chipping in $29 for the first 300 families who enroll, bringing the cost to $20 per child. The council aims to encourage young Vermonters — and their parents — to be active outdoors.

Ski area managers know that kids who enjoy snow sports bring parents and siblings with them. “It's a great way to promote an active lifestyle and spending time with family and friends,” says Josh Arneson, vice president of sales and marketing at Bolton Valley, one of the participating resorts.  

The lessons are geared to first-time skiers and snowboarders, with activities to make sure children have fun on the slope. Children are grouped by age and learn basic moves such as gliding, turning and stopping.

To get the deal, visit this website and fill out the online application form. Within several days you’ll get an email from the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports with a coupon code and instructions on how to sign up for the discounted package. Once you receive the coupon code, you’ll go to Ski Vermont’s store to reserve your date and resort. At the payment section, you’ll enter the code to cover $29 and use your credit card to pay the remaining $20.

If you miss the deal or are over 18, don’t worry. You can still get a $49 Ski Vermont beginner package for January, which is nationally designated Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. That’s a bargain considering a beginner lesson with equipment rental and a full-day lift ticket typically runs between 75 and 100 dollars. 

Now let's just hope for snow. 

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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