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To Be a Kid Again: Colorado 5th and 6th Graders Ski Free

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Locals in Jackson may get to ski free on November 29, but Colorado 5th and 6th graders can ski free all year. There are two competing passes that Colorado munchkins can take advantage of, the Vail Resorts sponsored "School of Shred" and the Colorado Passport. If your 10-year-old gets both passes, they could ski at almost every resort in the state for less than the cost of gas. It might be a bit unseemly to be jealous of a 6th grader, but the programs were created for a good cause: to get kids active and playing outside in the snow. Neither the Colorado Ski Passport nor the "School of Shred" tickets can stop your kids from complaining about the cold, but they can save you a few bucks. Take the money you save and use it on ski lessons. Now you've just earned a kids-free pow day.

The Colorado Ski Passport allows every fifth grader in the state to ski and snowboard at twenty different resorts during the 2013/2014 season. The pass provides three days of skiing at Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Winter Park, and many more, for a total of 60 free days. The program also offers a 6th grade passport that provides four days of skiing at each of 20 resorts, for 80 total days. While the fifth grade pass is free, parents of sixth graders will have to shell out $99. Either way, this is a smokin' good deal. Vail Resorts offers the Lindsey Vonn "School of Shred" to Colorado 5th and 6th graders with four free, unrestricted days on the snow at each of its Colorado resorts. The tickets are good at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin, for a total of 20 days on the mountain.
· Colorado Ski Passport [Colorado Ski Country]
· Lindsey Vonn's "School of Shred" [Vail Resorts]