Olympic gold-medal skier Lindsey Vonn visited Devinny Elementary School Thursday to promote Vail Resorts’ School of Shred program. The Lakewood, Colo., school had the most students sign up for the initiative, so Vonn paid a visit.
Vonn made her home again in Colorado last year after signing an endorsement deal with Vail Resorts. She first lived in the state as a teenager when her family moved there from Minnesota to support her budding racing career.
Created to promote the future of the skiing, School of Shred provides 20 days of free skiing, including four days each at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, for all Colorado fifth- and sixth-grade students. The package also includes one complimentary beginner ski lesson, including rental equipment.
To sign up for program, students may bring a fifth- or sixth-grade report card to a Front Range pass sales location by Nov. 7. Vail Resorts announced a follow-up contest for the individual class in Colorado that signs up the most participants by the Nov. 7 deadline. The class will receive a Vail field trip to ski with ski-film star Chris Anthony.
Colorado Ski Country USA has run a similar program for Colorado fifth- and sixth-graders for the past 14 years. The trade association’s Passport Program involves 21 participating resorts across the state. Ski Utah also offers free skiing at 14 ski areas to local fifth- and sixth-graders in the state. New Hampshire has a free-skiing program for local fourth- and fifth-graders. Pennsylvania, Vermont, Michigan, Maine, New York and Idaho are among the other states that offer free skiing initiatives for local kids.
(Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts/Thomas Green)