Ski and snowboard areas across the Northeast are gearing up with special deals for those who want to learn this winter. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January is a time when the snow sports industry offers attractive and affordable beginner programs for children and adults who can learn from a pro.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month’s January Specials page has details on the various programs each mountain offers. Some are even free. Most provide a lesson, lift ticket and rental equipment as a package for a day or multiple days. You can also find practical and helpful information targeted to newcomers to get started off on the right foot.
Here is a sampling of beginner programs in the east being offered during January and beyond:
Ski Areas of New York is offering special Learn to Ski and Snowboard and Bring a Friend programs not just for January but all winter. Member resorts such as Greek Peak, Hunter and Holiday Valley are celebrating January with their own special programs.
Ski Vermont will offer a $29 lift, lesson, and rentals package for newcomers. Most resorts in the state participate, although quantities may be limited at some venues. Ski Vermont also is offering incentives for bringing friends and many individual resorts have their own programs in place.
“Because this is such a well-promoted event, even for folks who have never skied or ridden before, this popular package sells out every year. We enjoy participating in the program and getting new people into the sport,” Mount Snow’s Dave Meeker told SnoCountry.com.
Many Ski New Hampshire venues also are offering a $29 package. Several cross- country venues in the state have a $19 lift, lesson rental package. Cranmore’s Free Terrain Based Learning Day, Jan. 19, is for first-time skiers and riders ages eight and above and includes complimentary rental equipment, lower mountain lift ticket, and a 90-min. introduction lesson. “The goal of the Start Fun, Start Free program is to make learning fun, and terrain based learning makes that possible,” Cranmore’s Becca Deschenes told us.
Ski Maine has pulled together a statewide Bring a Friend effort with details available on their web site. Also in Maine, Sunday River and Sugarloaf have carved out attractive beginner learning programs. For example, Sunday River has a Learn to Ski or Snowboard program for $29. From December 6 to January 31, anyone over the age of 15 can take a three-hour PerfectTurn Clinic, including all rental equipment and a beginner ticket valid for the entire day. The package is not available Dec. 26-Jan. 1 and Jan. 17-18.
Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts is again offering its award-winning Bring a Friend for Fun program. It rewards someone who brings a newbie (for beginner lessons) with a one-day lift ticket. The friend gets a one-day Learn to Ski/Ride Package that includes a lower mountain lift ticket, rentals and lesson. Cost is $110, a savings of $52. The package is only valid for on-line purchases and both must be used the same day.
Photos: Boarding is more fun when you bring your friends for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month at Mount Sunapee (Mount Sunapee); Lesson packages at Mount Snow are just $29 for January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (Mount Snow).