Ski season is gearing up for the 2013-14 season in a big way. Some resorts have already opened for the season and more will opening in the coming weeks. By Thanksgiving everyone will be open. There are still deals on gear, lift tickets, lessons & lodging. Pick your resort - but I challenge everyone living in Colorado to try what so many people travel miles and miles to do. Try is as a family sport or try it as a getaway (and leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa).
Jr. Trade in Program
Colorado Ski & Golf (Ski & Sport) locations offer a uniquely affordable ski rental program was created to insure that children’s equipment is as modestly priced as possible. After the first season’s rental, a complete package for used equipment that includes skis, boots and poles is only $49.99 per year. A mandatory binding check adds $15. Equipment can be exchanged as often as needed during the season to make sure the size and fit remains comfortable—free. The first year kids are registered in Junior Trade In, the cost is $99.99 for used equipment and then each year, a refit into a different set of used equipment is 50 percent off--$49.99. The deal remains in effect for as long as the child continues to rent through the Colorado Ski & Golf program.
School of Shred/5th Grade Passport
There are two different programs that allow the state's 5th graders to ski/snowboard for FREE! School of Shred is the Vail Resorts program (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone & Arapahoe Basin) that is free for BOTH 5th and 6th graders. You have to show proof of your child being in that grade at any Colorado Ski & Golf Location (and occasionally at special events) then they are allowed to ski 4 times at each resort for free.
5th Grade Passport is the program by Colorado Ski Country which allows 5th Graders (and 6th graders for a nominal $99 annual fee) to ski at areas like Aspen, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Eldora, Winter Park, Copper & Loveland. Applications are mail in process available starting in September.
*There does not seem to be any restrictions about using BOTH programs.
Ski & Golf Expo
November 8 - 10, 2013 the Colorado Convention center will be transformed into the biggest outlet of equipment, clothing, and pass deals. Deals range from 40 to 75% off. The only catch? It costs to get into the expo (but - hey doesn't it cost to get into Sam's Club and Costco?) Expo only tickets are on sale now! get $2 OFF to purchase your tickets in advance. Click here use promo code CONOV. If you'd rather buy your ticket at the door save $2 off by clicking here.
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