Thursday, April 5, 2012

Breckenridge Ski and Ride School and Epic Pass

For spring break this year, our family spent the week skiing and snowboarding in Breckenridge, CO.

With temps during the days in the 60s, sunny blue skies, skiers in shorts and bathing suits, we had beautiful week of spring skiing.  In my younger days, I didn't mind the cold or uncomfortable boots as much, but now I am for sure a fair weather skier.  Warm and comfortable in my new Surefoot boots (review to come), I spent most of my days cruising the groomers with the kiddos (although we did squeeze in some more difficult runs).

Kovas and the kids took lessons, through the Ski and Ride School.  Kovas, having a surfing and skateboarding background opted to try snowboarding lessons.  Although more difficult than he had imagined, Kovas enjoyed the challenge.  We were very happy with the attention and care that our children were given in ski school (third year in a row).  Tazer and Gaigai started out in a lesson together - Gaigai enjoyed the lesson so much, she opted for an extra day over "free" skiing.  After 3 days of lessons, Munchkin was on the slopes skiing with the rest of us:).

Munchkin in Ski School
Gaigai, continuing Munchkin's lessons...
New to us this year were the Epic day and season passes.  Instead of traditional paper/sticker lift tickets that you attach to your jacket, the Epic passes are plastic bar coded cards onto which lift tickets are loaded electronically and can be used year after year.  In addition to less waste, the EpicMix tracks your runs/lifts and keep track of professional pictures taken on the slopes.  With a wave of a scanner (no need to find or take out the pass), lift operators pick up the pass in your pocket.  After a day of skiing, it was fun to see our stats and the pictures the photographers had taken of us during the day.  You can also add friends and family members to your dashboard to see their pictures and stats and even share pictures via Facebook and Twitter for free.

My EpicMix

(Disclaimer: I was given two 3 day media lift passes for free, courtesy of Vail Resorts. I did not pay for the passes, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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