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Front Range service members to hit the slopes

A SnoFest snowboarder braces for landing after floating through the Rocky Mountain air Jan. 26. SnoFest, held in Keystone, Colo., is an annual ski weekend targeted at military members and their families. Approximately 3,400 servicemembers and their families attended the SnoFest 2008 event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Todd Ryan)

A SnoFest snowboarder braces for landing after floating through the Rocky Mountain air Jan. 26. SnoFest, held in Keystone, Colo., is an annual ski weekend targeted at military members and their families. Approximately 3,400 servicemembers and their families attended the SnoFest 2008 event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Todd Ryan)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Service members will be hitting the slopes at the 2014 SnoFest, Jan. 24-26 at Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo.

SnoFest is an annual discounted skiing and snowboarding event for military members and their families hosted by Colorado Front Range military instillations. The festival will include races, parties, giveaways and lodging, along with non-skier activities such as sleigh rides, tubing, ice-skating and a cardboard derby.

Lift tickets will only be available for purchase from Information Tickets and Tours at 720-847-6936 through Jan. 18.

Skis, snowboards and other gear are available for rental or purchase from Buckley Outdoor Recreation, according to Beth McDonald, Buckley ODR operations clerk.

For an additional fee, dinner parties will be held Friday and Saturday night, featuring all-you-can-eat buffets. Participants are asked to dress up according to the themes. Face painters and balloon artists will be at the festivities.

Races will include Commander's Cup, team and individual competitions, as well as youth competitions. Competitors can register the mornings of Jan. 24 and 25, however, pre-registration is highly recommended.

A practice day for the races is scheduled Jan. 24, allowing racers to get two free practice runs before race day Jan. 25. Free practice vouchers can be picked up on 7-9 a.m. Jan. 24 at the Mountain House.

For more information and prices, visit the SnoFest website.

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