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Ski Deals: Birthday Celebrations and Learn to Ski Month

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Woo Hoo! We finally got some snow and now we can all turn our attention away from being inside in the cold to enjoying all the great outdoor fun and frivolity we have in Colorado! Some resorts are having great birthday celebrations, January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and there are some super fun things happening in many of the resorts this month!

Ski and Trade

Colorado Ski & Golf Stores (including Colorado Ski & Sports at Park Meadows and Boulder Ski Deals) still offers the Junior Trade In Program – which allows you to rent equipment for your kids for the entire season at one low price and keep them all season long (unless the kids grow out of them in which place, Colorado Ski & Golf will replace with the right size). Even better… you get 1/2 the money back when you return the equipment!

5th and 6th Grade Pass holders

If you have your School of Shred or Colorado Ski Country 5th Grade Passport and $99 6th Grade Passport NOW is the time to use those passes. Because January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month. The resorts offer one FREE beginner lesson (along with rental equipment) to each 5th and 6th Grade Passport holder.


Loveland Ski Area is celebrating its 75th season. Don’t miss their 75th anniversary party on January 12,2013 with food, drink, freebies, music and several great perks including lift tickets for just $37 all weekend long. Loveland will also be doing 75 Days of Giveaways on weekends, holidays and a few random days throughout the year where they will surprise guests with prizes including lunch, lift tickets, gear, lessons, season passes & more. More details:

Additionally, Loveland offers free season pass when you purchase three lesson pack! Or Play Hookey with 95.7 The Party Radio station…sign up for Party VIP so you can join  for Hooky Day on Thursday, January 10th featuring $25 tickets!  Simply sign up for Party VIP, print your coupon good for a $25 ticket valid on Thursday, January 10th only, and join us for a great day on the slopes!  Can’t make it on Thursday?  The coupon also includes a buy one lift ticket get one free valid for two weeks after Hooky Days!

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain’s Ski and Ride School is offering 50% off your 2nd day when a 2-day adult lesson is purchased (in January). Take your skills to the next level by exploring your inner park rat with the Ski and Ride School and Woodward at Copper.  The Easy Rider carpet in Center Village provides beginners free access to the slopes while learning. Ready to test their skills – a lift ticket for the Pitchfork beginner chairlift is just $15. Both tickets to Easy Rider and Pitchfork are available all season long at any Copper Mountain ticket window. No gear? No problem. Reserve your equipment online in advance and save 20%.

“E” book

The “E” book (available at King Soopers) offers great discounts on lift tickets including a FREE child lift ticket with the purchase of an adult at Loveland and a FREE Junior Lift ticket with a paid adult at Ski Granby Ranch. There are lots of other great deals in the book with discounts on gear and lodging as well.

Snow Sale at Vail and Save up to 50 Percent on Lodging

Celebrate the snow and enjoy Vail this winter.  Book your mountain getaway now and save up to 50 percent on accommodations at The Arrabelle, The Lodge at Vail, The Austria Haus and Legendary Lodging at The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Vail. This special package can also be customized at an additional cost to include discounted lift tickets, ski school and more just ask our vacation specialists for more details. Visit for more information. Vail is celebrating their 50th Birthday with some fun events! Check out the full list.

Kids Ski Free at Keystone. Every Day. All Season Long. No Blackouts.

Keystone Resort is taking kid-friendly programming to new heights; throughout the entire 2012-2013 winter season, children 12 and under will ski/snowboard for free at Keystone. As simple as childhood itself, Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program removes the red tape and fine print, has no blackout dates and is available on all weekends and holidays, a rarity in the ski industry. To qualify, families must stay two or more nights in one of Keystone’s accommodation options, which span from luxury hotel rooms to cozy ski-in/ski-out condominiums. Families big and small are able to take advantage of the offer, as there are no restrictions on the number of children per adult.  While it is not free – it is definitely fun – tubing at the top of Keystone or climbing around in the snowfort atop Dercum Mountain!

Crested Butte

Fly into the conveniently located Gunnison/Crested Butte airport on American Airlines, ski three days on the legendary slopes of Crested Butte Mountain Resort and stay four nights at the most popular lodging option in Crested Butte, The Grand Lodge, starting at $699 per person. Don’t delay – this incredible offer must be booked on or before February 1. Call 1.800.600.2803 to book. From January 21 through April 6, stay just steps from the lifts at the luxurious Elevation Hotel & Spa. Buy one night and get the second night half off!  This offer is valid on every second night.  So, stay 4, 8, or even 36 days and receive half off every second night.

Winter Park

The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) will host the 25th Annual Winter Park Open Jan. 1 – Jan. 3 at Winter Park Resort. Cheer on your American Athletes at this event, where adaptive athletes come from all over the world to compete for spots on the US National or Paralympic National team. This event is also hosted by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing, USA Paralympics and the United States Paralympic Committee.

Snowshoe at Beaver Creek
January 6, February 3, or March 3, 2013 – Take your snowshoeing to new heights as a beginner or a world class level snowshoer for the Snowshoe Adventure Series which features competitive 5K and 10K events as well as the Kids’ 1K. In addition to renowned alpine skiing, Beaver Creek is home to 20K of designated Nordic and snowshoe trails in McCoy Park, located at 10,000 feet and surrounded by stunning mountain ranges. The series includes a cash purse and participants may enter one or all of the events. In addition to snowshoe demos and sponsor booths, competitors enjoy a post-race party in the village.

Skin Cancer

Protecting your skin from skin cancer is often associated with being outdoors in the hot, summer sun. Yet many people don’t realize they are at risk for skin cancer in the winter, especially if they are around snow or at a higher elevation. That’s why professional skier and three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso is serving as a SPOTlighter with the American Academy of Dermatology’s (Academy) SPOT Skin Cancer® initiative, helping get the word out about skin cancer prevention and detection. Mamas please don’t forget to put sunscreen on your kids in winter too!

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