Kids get ski passes for substance abuse prevention

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WEST DOVER — Described as a "wildly successful" program, Choose sNOw gets local students skiing or boarding on the slopes after learning what they need to know to live healthy lifestyles.

"It's great on two sides," Mount Snow Communications Manager Jamie Storrs said. "Kids get to earn a season pass and will learn about substance abuse prevention. So really, it's a win-win."

Choose sNOw, intentionally capitalized in a way to emphasize the "no," is in its fifth year. Local youth in grades six through 11 can get a 2017/2018 season pass to ski or ride at the resort by participating in events focused on substance abuse prevention and community service.

Students earn the pass by attending two educational events sponsored by Mount Snow and the Deerfield Valley Community Partnership, which is a group whose mission includes substance abuse prevention. Students also pick up litter as part of Green Up Day on May 6.

But they need to act quickly. Spots fill up fast. Admission is capped at 250 students.

"It books up in hours, once we release it," Storrs said.

Registration begins Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., by visiting mountsnow.com/the-mountain/choose-snow. There is a $50 fee.

Youth motivational speaker and prevention specialist Cara Filler will talk about traffic safety, risk-taking and peer pressure on March 6 in the Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Registration starts a half hour earlier.

Motivational speaker Harriet Turk is scheduled for the March 23 presentation. Turk "inspires teens and adults to discover their true identities and pursue a life of substance," according to a press release. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and a make-up date is available in May if participants cannot make it.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or @CMaysBR.

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