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Governor's Council Sponsors $10 Beginner Ski/Snowboard Packages For Vermont Kids
What can $10 get you these days? How about a beginner ski or snowboard lesson for a Vermont child, including rentals and a lift ticket?
The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is sponsoring 250 Vermont children this month with $10 beginner packages to encourage kids to get sliding this winter and adopt an active lifestyle throughout life. Participants must be under 18, a Vermont resident, and will receive a downhill ski or snowboard lesson, rental equipment and a beginner lift ticket as supplies last.
“Vermonters love to be physically active all year, and our state is known far beyond its borders as a destination for snow sports,” said Governor Peter Shumlin. “As a cross country skier, I enthusiastically support the Council’s efforts to get Vermonters of all ages outdoors and active this winter.”
This is the second year that the Council has partnered with Ski Vermont, the statewide organizer of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, to dovetail the association’s established learn-to program. The Council increased the offering from last year from 100 to 250 available learn-to packages.
“We are excited to offer this program in the hopes of getting more children and their families on the slopes,” Janet Franz, Chair, Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports told SnoCountry.com. “Children should be active at least an hour a day, most days of the week, and skiing and riding is a great way to get outside."
Franz, who has was appointed to the Governor’s Council in 2004, added, “We were looking for a way to get kids active in the winter, especially if parents don’t ski, or think they can’t afford it. This is an inexpensive way for kids to get out there, and hopefully continue to pursue skiing and riding with their family. We are proud to work with Ski Vermont to use their great Learn to Ski and Snowboard program already in place."
Ski Vermont offers learn-to packages throughout the month of January for $29 for adults, kids and anyone in between.
Beginner packages are available one per person and holiday blackout dates apply during New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. weekends. Minimum age and occupancy of lessons vary by resort. Participating resorts are listed at SkiVermont.com/Learn.
In addition to this year’s Learn to Ski and Ride Month, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are free at multiple locations during Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 10. Winter Trails Day is a national program endorsed by Ski Vermont and the Governor’s Council; it encourages children and adults to discover the great fitness and social benefits of these fun, easy-to-learn winter sports.
Photo: Top -- It's Learn To Ski and Snowboard month in Vermont (Ski Vermont); Bottom -- 250 Vermont children skiing & snowboarding for the first time. (Sugarbush)