Build your skills with an affordable and fun lesson. (Alyeska)
Ever have a friend with whom you’d love to hit slopes, but he or she has never skied or ridden before? If so, the annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month may just be the ticket.
A national effort to get more newcomers onto the mountains of the United States, month-long discounts for lessons, rentals, lift tickets – and sometimes more – are in play for anyone who has never put on a pair of skis or latched into a ‘board.
Here’s a look at a sampling of offers at West Coast resorts:
North of Lake Tahoe, Alpine Meadows offers first-time packages Monday-Friday through Jan. 29 for anyone 13 or older. Includes beginner lift ticket with priority access, rentals and lessons.
At neighboring Squaw Valley, the Teaching Tykes program focuses on giving parents of kids 3-6 some skills on how to get their children going in skiing or snowboarding.
Just west of Donner Pass, newbies age 4 and up can pre-register online for Boreal Mountain’s three days of half-day lessons. On the fourth visit, the California resort throws in a pass for the rest of the 2018 season – plus a discounted rate for Woodward Tahoe.
Situated between Reno and the lake, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has first-timer packages for those 10 and older, with lessons in both morning and afternoon.
SoCal’s Mountain High – the closest skiing and riding to the L.A. basin – focuses on midweek lessons, offering a two-for-one half-day package online (holiday blackouts apply) with lesson, rental and lift access on the dame day for two people, ages 13 or older.
In the hills above Fresno, China Peak extends Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month into the rest of the season. After completed a three-day package (for a single price), graduates get half-off lift tickets, half-price rentals and free group lessons through the rest of the season.
Up in Alaska at Alyeska Resort, the ski and snowboard school has a three-lesson program at a deep discount for those new to the sport. Skiers must be at least 6 years old, snowboarders 8 or older, and package applies to same participant only.