For the past four years, my family has purchased Epic Passes for the entire family, which is even that much more affordable when you pair them with EpicSchool Kids, a free program for Kindergarten through 5th graders that provides four days of skiing and riding at each of the state’s top-ranked resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Crested Butte.
That’s right. Four TOTALLY free days on each of Colorado’s resorts…20 free days of skiing for kids. Not only can they develop a life-long passion for the sport but they can bond with Mom and Dad while they’re at it (buy your Epic Passes here). Pro tip: Many of my friends register their kids for Epic SchoolKids and if they want to ski more than the four times, the adult Epic Passes include discounted buddy passes. Overall, they save money during the season.
There are some holiday blackout dates but trust us, you don’t want to ski those days anyway because it gets busy, busy, busy.
How to Register
If this is your first time registering your child/s for Epic SchoolKids, you will need to visit a Front Range Epic Mountain Gear location to register in-person. Your child/s must be present at the time of registration and you will need to provide visual verification of your child’s school-age during your visit. Acceptable documents include school report card, school I.D., school transcript, passport, or a birth certificate. You can make an appointment by visiting the Epic Mountain Gear website here and select the “NEW Epic SchoolKids Registration” option.
If your child/s has had an Epic SchoolKids Pass in prior years, you can send an email to [email protected] and provide the following information in the email:
– parent name
– parent date of birth
– email address
– phone number
– physical address
– child/s name
– child/s date of birth.
Once you have emailed your information to [email protected], you will need to make an appointment to visit a Front Range Epic Mountain Gear store to provide visual verification of your child’s school age. Please wait to schedule your appointment until you receive a confirmation email receipt indicating your child’s Epic SchoolKids pass has been processed. You can make an appointment by visiting the Epic Mountain Gear website here and select the “Epic SchoolKids Renewal – document verification” option.
Oh, and it gets even better!
Epic SchoolKids offers one free first-timer lesson and rental package for any participating child who has never skied or snowboarded. Book your child’s lesson now to secure your preferred day!
The lesson must be booked in advance. Please call to book your lesson before arriving at the resort. The free first-timer lesson and rental package must be redeemed as a package and is limited to one total per child (not one per participating resort). Lesson is subject to availability and is only offered select weeks throughout the season.
Deals on Gear
There are so many options for affordable gear. Shop the ski sales at area ski shops in the fall. Another great option is to visit your local Epic Mountain Gear* and ask about the Junior Trade Program. When you get your child’s gear through the Junior Trade Program, you own it for as long as it fits. Once they’ve outgrown it, you can trade it in and save big on a new size.
With all of these great options, Vail Resorts is more committed than ever to help your kids develop a life-long passion for skiing!