Ski and snowboard resorts all want more people on the slopes, and one way is to introduce newcomers to the sport.
Many of skiers and riders began on the smaller mountains, so SnoCountry.com went looking for small-resort offers for the annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month promotion.
Lookout Pass. Links with renowned free ski school at Idaho-Montana border mountain, youngsters 6-17 take lesson on Jan. 6, 13 and 20, and get free lessons every Saturday until March 10. No rental included, but no cost for ticket.
Brundage. Beginners at least 13 years old get four lessons and rental all season at Idaho resort, while kids 7-12 take four lessons during January. Both get free season pass for rest of year.
Brighton. Mid-week only lesson, rental and learner ticket through January for 13 year olds or more at Utah mountain up Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Alta. Register before Jan. 31 and get four days on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday pay-as-you-go lesson and rental. Blackouts apply.
Ski Cooper. Colorado historic mountain offers both two- and four-hour lessons for newbies with rental and magic carpet ticket.
Eldora. The Front Range mountain splits out new-to-sport adults and kids with all-lift access, lesson and rentals. Peak and non-peak rates offered.
Ski Hesperus. First-timers age 7 or older buy one full-day ticket and get three free lessons at the Durango town hill all season.
Sunlight. The day mountain near Glenwood Springs focuses on terrain park newbies, with three days on progressive park and five day tickets after that.
New Mexico. All nine resorts in the Land of Enchantment hook up to get kids on the slopes with low-priced lesson, rental and tickets all month long.
Grand Targhee. Only Wyoming mountain to participate has package for all ages with three lessons and season ticket when completed.