Vail Resorts expands free lift tickets program to children from kindergarten to fifth grade

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Skiers take the lift up the mountain in Beaver Creek in December 2014. (Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Vail Resorts announced Monday it is expanding its free skiing and riding program for all children in kindergarten to fifth grade.

The Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack program includes four free days of skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone during the 2015-16 season and one free full-day beginner lesson that includes rental equipment in January 2016.

Vail Resorts’ previous program allowed a fifth-grader to ski for free in the School of Shred program, earning the child four free days at each of the Vail-owned ski resorts in Colorado.

“Fostering a love for skiing and snowboarding in kids is a top priority for Vail Resorts,” Vail Resorts chief marketing officer Kirsten Lynch said. “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 snow sports.”

To register, students and their parents or guardian need to go to a participating Front Range Colorado Ski & Golf, Colorado Ski & Sport or Boulder Ski Deals location. A report card, school identification card or birth certificate and a photo are required.

Registration began Monday and continues until Memorial Day.

For more information, visit the Epic SchoolKids website.