Jay Peak Resort is offering free season passes to all immediate family members of Vermonters currently serving in, or about to deploy to, Afghanistan or Iraq.

"A lot of our staff have either served in the wars or have loved ones over there now," said Jay Peak President Bill Stenger. "Extending these types of offers is the least we can do to help provide some fun and enjoyment that might lighten the stress they feel on a daily basis."

The resort started the free pass policy last year and will continue it through the 2010-2011 season.

The offer extends to the children and spouses of all Vermont active-duty personnel across all service branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and the National Guard.

In addition to the free season pass, immediate family members will also receive a 50 percent discount on equipment rentals, and free skiing or riding lessons in the afternoons, space permitting.

To receive the free pass, immediate family members can visit the resort's new customer service center located just beneath the tram station. Passes will be issued after presenting a Letter of Deployment and the military IDs that are issued to family members.

In addition to the free season pass, Jay Peak will host a Troops Ski and Ride Day Saturday, Dec. 18. All active duty personnel and their immediate family members will receive a $20 lift ticket when presenting their military IDs. Tickets can be purchased at the Customer Service centers located at both the Tram and State sides of the resort.

The Troops Ski and Ride Day is being sponsored by the Raise ‘em Jay Foundation. The Foundation promotes the exploration of all things outdoors and was established to provide support and aid to communities wanting to get outside and enjoy all that Vermont offers.

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