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Free Hot Dogs + Ice-Eating Contest at Rita’s on Monday

Rita’s Italian Ice, which just opened at 7866 N. Academy, is holding a Labor Day barbecue with free hot dogs for everyone from 12-2 (while supplies last)!  They’ll also have an ice-eating contest at 1:30 – whoever finishes their large ice wins free ice for a year!  Details are posted on their Facebook page.

Hot Air Balloon Festival is This Weekend in Memorial Park

The annual hot air balloon festival will be held this Labor Day weekend in Memorial Park, with lift-offs scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings; balloon glow events on Saturday and Sunday evenings; and other activities at the park throughout the day.  Find the whole schedule of events here.

Big Sales on Ski & Snowboard Equipment This Weekend

Though Sports Authority’s annual Labor Day Sniagrab sale is no longer due to them filing for bankruptcy, but Colorado Ski and Golf’s Ski Rex and Christy Sports’ Powder Daze sales are still going on this Labor Day weekend, with savings up to 75% off ski and snowboard gear and apparel.

Ski Rex is held at all Colorado Ski and Golf locations, while Christy Sports’ Powder Daze is only at select locations.

2 Ways To Get Free Ski Tickets for Kids

Did you know that there are a couple of different programs that offer free or cheap lift tickets for kids?

Parents can sign up their kids aged K-5th grade at at Colorado Ski and Golf, Colorado Ski and Sport, or Boulder Ski Deals for the Epic Schoolkids Pass. Each child gets four free tickets to Vail, four to Beaver Creek, four to Keystone, and four to Breckenridge, plus 1 free lesson at any of those resorts when you also rent equipment.

The deadline to register is October 9th, and parents need to bring in the information listed on this page.

colorado ski country passport for kids

The Colorado Ski Country Passport program is for 5th and 6th graders: the free Passport for 5th graders provides 3 days of skiing or snowboarding at each of 20 participating Colorado resorts (60 days total). The 6th grade Passport ($105-125) provides 4 days of skiing or snowboarding at each of 20 participating Colorado resorts (80 days total).

For information on the Colorado Ski Country Passport program for 5th and 6th graders, go here.  Registration for this program is open through January 31st.

Be sure to check out reader Lara’s post on how to teach your kids to ski without paying for expensive lessons.

Free Drink for Students at Chipotle

At Chipotle, show your student ID to get a free drink with the purchase of an entree!  This is valid for high school and college students throughout the month of September.

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