Courtest of Vermont Ski Areas Association
A ski lesson at Mad River Glen in Waitsfield
Young Vermonters can learn to ski or snowboard at a discounted rate, thanks to a subsidy from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
. The deal is only available to 125 children on a first-come, first-served basis.
The subsidy pays $80 towards the $129 Ski Vermont Take 3 Beginner package, which covers three lift tickets, three equipment rental packages and three beginner group lessons for children ages 5-18. Participants can choose to use all three days at the same resort, or travel around the state and discover new areas. Participating resorts include Bolton Valley, Burke Mountain, Jay Peak Resort, Killington Resort, Magic Mountain, Mount Snow Resort, Pico Mountain, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Stratton Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort.
With this deal, the Governor’s Council and Ski Vermont aim to encourage young people to start a new habit of being physically active outdoors during winter. The state Department of Health recommends that children participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, throughout the year, for optimal health and wellbeing.
“Skiing and snowboarding provide great cardiovascular and strengthening exercise that can help children stay fit and healthy through the winter. Getting outdoors also improves focus and creates feelings of relief and happiness,” said Dr. Elisabeth Fontaine of Northwestern Medical Center, a member of the Governor’s Council.
To receive the $49 package, an adult must fill out a survey found on the council’s website
. Once submitted, Ski Vermont will email a coupon code with instructions on how to purchase the package and schedule the child’s lesson. The packages are only for beginner skiers and snowboarders only. Families with multiple children must order each child's package separately in order to receive the discount on each. Ski areas also have specific age parameters and blackout dates, which can be viewed here
. Read carefully before purchasing to make sure your kiddo can go to the slope!