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Beaver Creek offers terrain park competition for kids

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Beaver Creek’s new “Park-ology” program that features progressive learning terrain, instruction and competitions for aspiring freeskiers and riders begins Wednesday with the first of three beginner-level competitions for children.

“Getting children excited about skiing and snowboarding is important to the future of our sport. Because parks and pipes are a big part of the sport today, we see Park-ology as a unique vehicle to provide a safe, fun and educational introductory park experience for kids,” said Susan Baca, director of the Beaver Creek Children’s Ski and Snowboard School.

Park-ology instruction is offered each Wednesday throughout the ski season for children aged 3 to 17 who are enrolled in the school. Instructors provide terrain park instruction for skiers and snowboarders with beginner to intermediate level park experience and for those who want to progress toward intermediate and expert park level skiing and riding.

Competitions are also scheduled for Feb. 11 and March 10. They will be judged by Tom Winter, editor of Freeskier magazine, and other experienced judges, organizers said.

The competition Wednesday is open to children aged 7 to 17. Children must be enrolled in the Beaver Creek Children’s Ski and Snowboard School on Wednesday to be eligible to compete. Registration for the competition is offered on a first-come, first served basis and must be completed in-person or by phone from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the school today, the day prior to the competition.

A parent or guardian must complete a registration form and sign a waiver. The competition is open to the first 40 children to register. Day-of competition registration at the school will be available only as space permits, beginning at 8 a.m. Price of a full-day group children’s lesson for ages 3 to 14 is $133 for those who need a lift ticket and $118 for pass or ticket holders. The competition is offered at no additional fee.

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All competitors will receive a prize and goodie bag at the post-competition party on at 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Children’s Ski and Snowboard School. Parents and competitors are invited to attend the party. Video footage from the competition will be shown and beverages and complimentary pizza will be served. The party will be supervised by instructors from the school.

For more information on Park-ology and to register for competitions, call the Beaver Creek Children’s Ski and Snowboard School at 845-5464.