Colorado kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can ski free

DENVER — Colorado kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can get 16 free days of skiing or snowboarding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in the 2016-17 season.

There is no purchase necessary and participants receive one complimentary, full-day, first-timer lesson, including free equipment rental.  The lessons are available in December and January. Advanced reservations are required and lessons are subject to availability.

Registration is only available through Sunday and can be done in-person at Colorado Ski & Golf, Colorado Ski & Sport and Boulder Ski Deals locations throughout the Front Range.

“This is the last chance for Colorado elementary school kids to gain access to Colorado’s four premier ski resorts for free during the 2016-2017 season,” officials said.

“We are dedicated to giving kids the opportunity to experience skiing and riding by providing free access through the Epic SchoolKids program,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

“Last season, more than 30,000 Colorado children took advantage of Epic SchoolKids, and we hope to encourage even more families to give skiing or snowboarding a try this season.”

There are blackout dates, including  Nov. 25-26, Dec. 26-31, Jan. 14 and Feb. 18-19.

For more information and registration locations, visit the Epic SchoolKids program website.