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PCSkiGal: Learn To Ski In Utah This Month

Instruction (Shari Harkin)

If you haven’t heard that January is National Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month then you obviously need to learn to ski or snowboard. Just about every resort in the country is participating on some level in this coordinated effort to get people out sliding on sticks.


Ski and snowboard areas will offer free and reasonably priced turnkey lesson programs throughout January as part of this initiative. Utah’s “Lucky 13” program is no exception; yet at the same time it’s an exceptional endeavor. In a nutshell, Utah’s resorts will be doing a $13 lift ticket, $13 rental and $13 lesson; or some variation thereof. 


Canyons Resort’s Learn to Ski or Ride program is open to Utah residents throughout January. Ages 4 and up can get a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and an all-day lesson for $39. Advance reservations are required and are based on availability. 877-472-6306. (Offer not valid Jan. 19 - 21, 2013 and limited to first 50 registrants per day.) Non-Utahns and procrastinators have an option as well. Canyons has a $99 deal all season. Never-evers get a full-day lesson, gear and beginner lift ticket.


Park City Mountain Resort’s StartNOW program is in its fourth season and is probably one of the most brilliant plans a Utah resort has come up with to encourage new riders. Never-evers pay $200 for five days of lift tickets, afternoon lessons and gear rentals. The program is open to anyone with a Utah I.D., six years old and up. StartNOW goes throughout the season (with blackout dates) but you must register online


Beginners have only one day to take advantage of Deer Valley Resort’s world famous ski school.  The Utah "Learn to Ski" Program is for locals only Jan. 26. The three-hour, morning clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and you must be 13 or older. Only 55 participants will be accepted at the $39 lift ticket, lesson and ski rental price. You must make your reservations by January 25 by calling Deer Valley Resort at 888-754-8477 or 435-645-6648 and mention "Ski Utah Learn to Ski Program."


Alta Ski Area gets it that you can’t just do one day and be hooked. So their program lets you pick any four days throughout the season to go and play with an instructor. The Learn to Ski Package for first-time Utah skiers is open to children and adults. The package includes four, two-hour lessons, four beginner lift tickets and four days of rental gear- all for $199. Enrollment is limited and reservations are required. Most students will be able to comfortably ski "green" easier slopes after those four lessons. 801-799-2271.


Skiers and riders at Snowbird can embrace Chickadee all month with an afternoon lesson, lift ticket and rentals for $45. You must be at least 7 years old and a first time skier or rider to participate. You’ll get a "Learner's Permit Pass" with a photo once you finish the day that will entitle you to five more group lessons for $65 each instead of $105 and five half-price lift tickets. The Learner's Permit 4-Week Program for $280 has already started but put it on the radar for friends and family next season. People 13 and up get four afternoon lessons, four lift tickets, and four weeks of rentals. After the four weeks, the ‘learner’ can get five additional discounted adult group lessons for $65 and five half-price lift tickets.


Brighton Ski Resort is also has a $45 intro package. Newbies get a two-hour morning or afternoon lesson, an all-day ski or snowboard rental and a full-day learner lift ticket. The promotion ends Jan. 31. Just go online and print out the "THIS IS THE MONTH TO LEARN" voucher and redeem it at any Brighton ticket window. This offer is for ages 13 and up. Lesson times are at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. daily. Group lessons are also available on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. 


Most Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January at Solitude first-timers can get three half-day afternoon lessons, rentals, and beginner lift tickets for $165. After completing the three lessons, and filling out a survey, guests will receive a free all-day/all-mountain lift ticket. 801-536-5730.


Learn to Ski or Snowboard at Sundance for $75 (an average savings of $20). This doesn’t sound like a huge bargain compared to the other resorts, but it’s open to all abilities (not just beginners) and includes a half-day lesson, all-day lift ticket and full-day rentals. The deal is good Sunday-Thursday for ages 6 and up. The package must be booked online. 


You don’t really need more than a gentle ‘bunny’ slope to learn to ski so why not try a small ‘local’ hill like Beaver Mountain? Learn to ski or snowboard for only $39 here. Your package includes lift ticket, lesson and equipment rental. The deal is only valid until Jan. 18, 2013, so act fast. Mention Ski Utah Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package to claim this offer.


Southern Utah’s Brian Head Resort has two weekends for a learn-to-ski deal; Jan. 12- 13 and 26 – 27. Pick a day and $45 gets you a two-hour lesson, rentals and a lift ticket for Chairs 4 and 6. After that, you’ll get a “bounce back” coupon for two more $45 “get better” lessons. If you complete both get better lessons, you will be eligible for a half price ‘12/13 season pass, 50 percent off rentals and a free lift ticket for a friend. Participant must be at least 13 years old. Online reservations are required. 


Eagle Point joins the fold with their January specials for beginners- Adults can get an all-day lesson, gear rental and learner lift ticket for $59. Kids are $64. Half day for either is $39.


Registration is now closed for Powder Mountain’s Saturday program. Put it on your calendar for next season if you really want to learn at this Ogden resort or perhaps you can call and get waitlisted for this season. Get five weeks of Saturday morning lessons for ages 8 and up for $95. The deal doesn’t include equipment or lift tickets so comb Craigslist for deals. Session Dates: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 2013. Powder Mountain Snow Sports School at 801-745-3772 ext. 127 or 12. If all else fails, Powder does a “learn-to” package throughout the season for $120 that includes lift ticket, gear and half-day lesson. 


Snowbasin’s Lucky 13 program (through Jan/ 13) sticks with the program- $39 for a Little Cat Lift ticket, 2-hour morning group lesson and rentals. Lessons are available daily at 10 a.m and 1 p.m. 


For those who know they want to keep skiing this season, consider the Basin’s Learn-to-Earn program. Pay $295 up front for a five-lesson package that includes three Little Cat/Becker lift tickets then two all-mountain tickets, half-day lessons and gear rentals. This is a smoking deal when you consider lift tickets alone would cost you $82/day. Did we mention that you get a Snowbasin season pass upon completion of the five lessons? For more information please contact the Snowsports Learning Center at 801-620-1015.


Learn to ski or snowboard Wolf Mountain for $39 during the month of January. The price includes lift ticket, lesson and rental.


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