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Afton Alps christens remodeled Children's Learning Center this weekend

Afton Alps is unveiling its newly remodeled Children’s Learning Center at the Meadow’s Chalet, the largest of its kind in the region. The facilities, learning terrain and instructors are dedicated solely to teaching youth (as young as three years old) how to ski and snowboard in a safe, fun and positive environment.

Physical renovations to the Children’s Learning Center include refreshing and organizational updates of the space. Dropping off and picking up students will now be simpler than ever.

An adventurous highlight is the “Urban Escape,” a safe and fun area to build confidence and explore different terrains – from moguls to rollers – while enjoying the great outdoors.

Afton Alps is home to the largest fleet of Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA)-trained instructors in the region. A variety of ski and snowboard lesson options are provided for youth from single day lessons taught one on one or in groups; multi-week group sessions; and competition training.

“Afton Alps is dedicated to teaching more kids the lifelong sport of skiing and snowboarding. This is where Epic begins. Vail’s legendary ski school is in session right here at Afton Alps.” said Joe Yasis, general manager at Afton Alps.

A private, grand opening ribbon-cutting will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to attend the grand re-opening festivities on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6. Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate and art activities will be provided. Representatives from Regions Hospital will be on hand to provide helmet safety information. Visitors can also register to win fun prizes, including lift tickets. Most importantly, guests can learn more about Afton’s quality ski and snowboard program options.

WHEN: Friday, Dec.4 – Grand Opening Beginning at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 – Public Open House 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. each day

WHERE: Afton Alps - 6600 Peller Ave. So., Hastings, Minn.

About Afton Alps

Afton Alps is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., the leading mountain resort operator in the U.S. For over 50 years, Afton Alps has delighted Twin Cities’ families as one of the Midwest’s premier winter destinations. Nestled in the scenic St. Croix River Valley just outside Minneapolis and St. Paul, this sprawling resort recently invested $10 million into re-imagining the guest experience with renovated base area facilities, a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system, and a new cutting edge terrain park.

With nearly 300 skiable acres, 49 trails, 18 lifts and four terrain parks, there is enough terrain to challenge experts to beginners, day or night. Accessible, affordable and fun, this big-time resort with a small-town feel has converted thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders, and now with the opportunity to take that passion to Vail Resorts’ iconic western mountains, Afton Alps is truly the place where Epic begins.

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