Learn For Free With Ragged Mountain’s Mission: Affordable
New skiers and riders will be all smiles at Ragged.(Ragged Mountain)
For many people out there, the reality of the expense of becoming a skier or ‘boarder is an obstacle in the path of finding their way to the mountain lifestyle. New Hampshire’s Ragged Mountain is on a mission to change that. Ragged has committed this year to making skiing and snowboarding something that everybody can get into again.
Ragged debuted its Bebe Wood Free Learn to Ski & Ride Program this year with the claim that they are the only resort in New England that offers a learn-to program for ages 7 and up that is absolutely free from opening day to closing day. Take three lessons, with brand new Rossignol rental equipment and a lift ticket to the lower mountain, all completely free.
“The goal of this program is to make it as inclusive and accommodating as possible,” Ragged’s Benjamin Hall told SnoCountry.com. “It’s the passion we have for winter sports that is helping to drive this. We want to get people up off their couches and outside enjoying winter.”
Each participant can take three free two-hour beginner group lessons at any time during the season, and the lessons include free lower mountain lift tickets and free equipment rentals.
The three lessons are designed to teach skills progressively, moving from one station to the next as a participant develops their skills and confidence.
A team of experienced instructors, dedicated just to the Free Learn to Ski Program, will ensure participants’ first visit to a ski resort is the best experience possible.
Participants must register in advance online.
After each lesson, anyone who wants to keep skiing or riding can purchase a Lower Mountain lift ticket and use of the Rossignol rental gear for only $20 for the rest of that day. To make it especially easy to stick with the sport, after graduating from the program, participants can purchase a season pass for $69, good for the rest of the 2016-17 season. Next year they can purchase an “Expanded Horizons” season pass for only $199.
Graduates of the program can also choose to purchase a brand new ski or snowboard package from Rossignol including skis, boots, bindings, and poles, or snowboard, boots, and bindings for $299 for adults or $199 for juniors.