Most of us know someone who has never skied or snowboarded but would love the thrill of gliding down a hill on freshly groomed snow. But it’s hard to find the time, get the equipment and be confident that the ski school instruction at a particular resort will get your friend or family member properly introduced to the sport – and eager to return for more.
Those are all the goals of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a nationwide promotion that has already given thousands of newbies a chance to feel the excitement of skiing and riding – and aims to do the same for thousands more this season.
By offering promotional rates and focused instruction, Western resorts hope to bring more people to the sport and keep them coming back.
Across the West, the month of January is filled with deals and arrangements to make it as easy as possible to try out the sport for the first time.
Most resorts package equipment, lessons and lift tickets together for everything from half-day lessons to multi-day instruction. Many kick in food or retail discounts, too.
Some cut the costs of post-lesson skiing and riding, like Snowbasin’s Learner’s Permit Pass or half-off the rest of the season at Brian Head. At Mt. Spokane and White Pass, a learn-to-ski package purchased in January can be used anytime during the season.
To further the appeal to youngsters, a number of resorts have included kid-centric features in their Learn to Ski offerings to pique youngsters’ interest, like the Kirkwood’s Timber Creek facility or Keystone’s Camp Keystone.
For more information on Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, contact individual resorts or click here.
Photo: January is Learn To Ski Or Snowboard Month (Learntoskiandsnowboard.org/Facebook)