Mt. Bachelor

Since its inception in 2008, the concept of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month during January has grown exponentially across the country – and Western resorts have contributed mightily.


This season, this collaboration of industry groups has added Bring a Friend Challenge that encourages experienced skiers and riders to convince a buddy to learn to ski or ride. 

These programs can be found at resorts from Alaska to Arizona, and Colorado to California. Here’s a sampling of a few of this region’s offerings:


Sun Valley and Ski Idaho.The resort and the state organization up the ante with a drawing for a free four-day trip to Sun Valley during the 2013-2014 season, which includes airfare and all the resort fixin’s.


Brundage Mountain. For $99 after Jan. 4, beginners get unlimited semi-private lessons on Easy Street, and one semi-private lesson on the Bear Chair – plus two days of rentals at the Idaho resort.


Snowbird. The Utah resort has afternoon adult packages for $45 during January that pay for a lesson, ticket and rentals. Once completed, newbies get a “learner’s permit pass” for five discounted lessons and five days skiing or riding at half price.


Brighton Ski Resort. Ski and snowboard introduction packages go for $45, including a two-hour lesson, rental and ticket. 


Ski New Mexico. Youngsters ages 6-12 get a beginner lift ticket, lesson and rental for $30 at nine resorts in the state.


Loveland Ski Area. After first-timers complete three lesson packages, they get a free season pass for the rest of the year. 


Arapahoe Basin. Super Sunday Specials for first-timers run on Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27 with package for lesson, ticket and rentals. Cost is $99 for adult skiers or $107 for snowboarders, and $79 and $84, respectively, for children. Future discounts on lessons come with the package.


Heavenly Valley. For $425, the Tahoe-area resort offers up four nights’ lodging and three days of beginner lessons packages. Lesson packages also are available without the lodging.


Mt. Bachelor. The Ski or Ride in 5 program costs 199, regardless of age, and gets beginners five days of lessons. Upon completion, those 18 years and younger get a free season pass, and those 19 and older get 12 days of lift tickets – plus discounts on next season’s pass.


Click here for a listing of many more learn to ski and snowboard deals across the country. 


Photo: Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort