Good news comes to 5th and 6th graders who want to ski or ride at the Vail Resorts - Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and of course Vail itself - they won't have to pay $99 price tag for the "School of Shred" pass. "Vail Resorts has always been committed to giving Coloradoans great deals," said Heidi Kercher-Pratt, vice president of Vail Resorts corporate marketing. "That's why we launched the newly named Vail Resorts fifth and sixth grade 'School of Shred' ski program in September to ensure that Colorado students still get the same benefits from Vail Resorts as in years past, just with a new name, a new photo 'easy scan' pass, and a new redemption procedure. Now, we're offering both products free of charge."

You can get a $99 refund by calling (888) 215-3867 if you've already paid for the program.

Fifth graders used to get three days of skiing and riding free at Vail Resort resorts as part of the student ski program through the state's ski resort trade group, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA). But because Vail's not with CSCUSA this year, the company added an extra day of skiing at each of its four Colorado ski resorts for a grand total of 16 days on the slopes this year instead of the 12 in previous seasons.

The fifth or sixth grade "School of Shred" pass is available to any kid when a parent or guardian presents proof of eligibility - a report card, school ID or valid birth certificate - at any resort season pass office. Students must be present at time of purchase to get their photo taken for their Vail Resorts "School of Shred" pass.

Passes will be loaded with four ski days for each resort, equaling 16 total days, and will also be enabled with radio frequency technology to allow for a hassle-free "easy scan" process, eliminating the need to physically present the pass in the lift lines this season. Passes are non-transferable.

Call (888) 215-3867 for more details.