The kind folks up at Jay Peak Resort understand the lives of military families can be stressful both emotionally and financially. That's why they are once again offering free season passes to all immediate family members of active-duty military servicemen and women.

Jay Peak Resort: February 25, 2011

All snow and smiles. Photo: Jay Peak Resort, Flickr.

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.

"A lot of us up here [at Jay Peak] have witnessed first-hand the sacrifice these service members and their families have made for the last decade as loved ones have been deployed overseas," Jay Peak President Bill Stenger said. "Extending these types of offers is the least we can do to help provide some fun and enjoyment that might lighten the stress military families feel on a daily basis."

To receive the free pass, immediate family members can visit the resort’s 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 also host a Troops Ski and Ride Day on Saturday, Dec. 17. 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.

Visitors to OnTheSnow.com chose Jay Peak Resort as their "Favorite Overall Resort" in the Northeast for the past two years consecutively. Last season brought an unprecedented 581" of snow, their highest seasonal snow fall to date. Pair that with the opening of their new four season waterpark, The Pump House, and families will have a lot of reasons to be excited about Jay Peak during the 2011/2012.

Click here to learn more about Jay's military programs or call 802-988-2611.