Resorts across the eastern seaboard settle in for the season with a variety of learning programs to entice newcomers to the sport. With aggressive packages that include equipment, lessons and, in some cases, lodging, this is the time to get off the fence and dive into the snow: It's National Learn To Ski/Snowboard Month.
Instructors now are better equipped with knowledge and the cutting edge gear that will bring you from zero to intermediate and better in less time than you could ever imagine.
The Fairbank Group, headquartered at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass., will unveil Terrain Based Learning Jan. 11. To mark the occasion, Bromley Mountain in Peru, Vt., Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, N.H., and Jiminy Peak will simultaneously teach three families at the three facilities. There’s a bonus: to celebrate this new teaching method, the first 100 children and young teens at each resort enrolled in the KidsRule Mountain Camps will receive a free helmet.
Starting Jan. 2, Nashoba Valley in Mass. is adapting its successful student and children’s programs, and making the concept available to adults for stints of three or six-weeks, at costs of $135 or $200, respectively.
"We have found that learning to ski or snowboard requires repetition and practice,” Pam Fletcher, Nashoba Valley Marketing Director and 1988 Olympian told SnoCountry.com. “With the success of our multi-week student and children's lesson programs, we decided to not only offer a six-week program for adults, but a three-week program, so they could fit snow sports instruction into their busy schedules."
Learn to ski and ride month with the resorts of Ski NH not only celebrates skiing, boarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, but if you participate between Jan. 11 and 17, learning could be free. Participating New Hampshire resorts will offer a limited number of free learn to ski or snowboard packages. These offers include a free beginner lesson, free equipment rentals, and a free beginner lift ticket or trail pass to those who register in advance. Participants must visit the trade association's website to register and download a Learn to Ski or Ride Free Coupon.
A number of sites within Ski Areas of New York are included, beginning Jan. 2 for the entire month, except for Martin Luther King Weekend, Jan. 19-21. A rate of $35 puts you on track to being a skier or boarder in N.Y. Purchase your voucher online, http://iskiny.ltibooking.com/#lessons, print it and call the location.
Top Photo: New terrain-learning program at Jiminy Peak, Cranmore, and Bromley; Bottom photo: Learn to ski (Nashoba Valley, Mass.)