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Monday, December 17, 2018

A Sweet Deal for Vermont Kids

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 10:46 AM

COURTESY OF SKI VERMONT
  • Courtesy of Ski Vermont
Vermont children can learn to ski or snowboard for less than 50 bucks this winter, but their caregivers will have to act fast to get the deal.

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is subsidizing Ski Vermont’s “Take 3” Beginner Packages for 125 Vermonters 18 and under, on a first come, first served basis. The $49 package — which usually costs $129 — covers three full days on the mountain with a beginner ski or snowboard lesson, rentals and lift ticket. The lessons are geared to first-time skiers and snowboarders, with activities to make sure children have fun on the slopes.

Kids can use all three days at the same resort, or travel around the state to discover new terrain. Participating resorts include Bolton Valley, Burke Mountain, Jay Peak, Killington, Magic Mountain, Mount Snow, Pico Mountain, Smugglers’ Notch, Stratton Mountain Resort and Sugarbush.

The initiative aims to get more children active outdoors during the winter. According to Ski Vermont, learning to ski or snowboard at a young age nurtures healthier decisions and family bonds.

To get the deal, visit the council’s website and click on the link for The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports/Ski Vermont Take 3 Beginner Package. A brief survey will pop up asking for your contact information and the number of packages you want. Fill it out, click “Done” and within 48 hours you’ll receive a message from Ski Vermont with a coupon code and instructions for purchasing your $49 package. Age limits and blackout dates vary among the resorts, so check restrictions before you make the purchase.

These subsidized packages will go fast, but if you miss the deal you can still purchase a Take 3 package for $129 from Ski Vermont. There is no age limit, so grownups can get in on the action, too.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Congratulations to our November Writing Contest Winners

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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In our November issue, we asked kids to write about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Find the winning entries below. Meredith and Amelia each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Meredith Power, 11, Stratton

Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy galore
Cranberry sauce and much, much more
But I can’t wait for dessert.
Trifle is my favorite and two full bowls won’t hurt.
Let’s go outside and play some football,
We’re surrounded by trees where the leaves start to fall.

Amelia Stacey, 6, Berlin

I love Thanksgiving.
But I feel bad they kill turkeys for it.
I love the good food, including all the yummy desserts.
Pie is my favorite!

Find the current writing contest in our December/January issue. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, January 15. Happy writing!

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Congratulations to our November Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:52 AM

This month, submissions showcased squirrels stocking up on supplies for the winter. Anna, 7, celebrated the season with a radiant rainbow and shimmering snowflakes, embellishing her frisky friend with a sparkly tail. Eleven-year-old Arianna’s squirrel sported an upper-arm acorn tattoo, surrounded by a shady brown forest. Oliver, 4, colored his cute creature with crimson and orange crayon. Our judges can’t wait to be wowed again next month with your spectacular works of art!

The winners of annual family memberships to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium are…

“Peace Squirrel"
Victoria Bove, 4, Colchester
"Peace Squirrel"
  • "Peace Squirrel"

“Bandit Squirrel”

Acadia Enman, 8, Huntington
"Bandit Squirrel"
  • "Bandit Squirrel"

“Gone Nuts!”

Sebastian Figliola, 10, Winooski
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Find the most recent coloring contest in our December/January issue. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, January 15!

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