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Time To Learn To Ski Or Snowboard: Good Deals Throughout January

LSSMThis is the perfect time of year to learn to ski or snowboard. For you. Perhaps a friend. That’s because January is Learn To Ski Or Snowboard Month across the country and you’ll find good package deals at ski areas near wherever you live.

Detailed information is available online, but the basic idea is that most every ski area has a special deal or package that generally includes lift tickets, rental equipment, and lessons from professional, well-trained instructors. The idea is to get you loving skiing or snowboarding as quickly as possible. Don’t miss the opportunity, as you’ll have the rest of the winter to improve and enjoy it even more.


More than 153,000 children and adults took part in Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month last January and that number will grow this year. There were more than 300 venues in 34 states in 2013 alone.


SnoCountry.com’s regional editors have looked across the regions to find some good samples. Take a look:


Eastern Deals


East Editor Sandy Caligiore explored the East and discovered a new “terrain-based” learning method being unveiled this month at sister ski areas Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass.; Bromley Mountain in Peru, Vt. and Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, N.H. 


Nashoba Valley in Massachusetts 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.


Ski NH resorts are offering a limited number of free learn to ski or snowboard packages between Jan. 11-17. 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 resorts within Ski Areas of New York offer a rate of $35. Purchase your voucher, print it and call the location. Ski Vermont offers $29 packages for new skiers and riders that include professional lessons, equipment rentals and a beginner lift ticket. The packages are available at resorts throughout the state, non-holiday while supplies last. Register available online. 


Midwest Deals


Seventy-six Midwest ski areas are offering special lesson programs and incentives to give snowsports a try in January says SnoCountry.com Midwest Editor Mike Terrell. 


Missouri’s Hidden Valley offers a midweek beginner lesson throughout the month. The cost is $69, which includes lesson, lift ticket and equipment, a savings of $15 off the regular price. 


Spirit Mountain, overlooking Duluth, offers free lessons for those 13 and older on Sundays, Jan. 12 and 26, at 10 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. The 90-minute lesson includes conveyor lift access and equipment. You must sign up at least 48 hours in advance of the lesson to reserve a spot.


Minnesota’s Wild Mountain offers free children’s lessons daily Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Friday-Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free first-time lessons for ages 13 and up will be offered every day as the children’s weekend times. 


Paoli Peaks in Indiana is offering a Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package on Saturday and Sunday throughout the month for ages seven and up from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost is $45 and includes a day pass for the Discovery Area, equipment and lesson. 


Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) and McDonald's restaurants is offering a Discover Michigan Ski Voucher that covers a lesson, lift pass and rental equipment. The cost with the voucher is $30 for skiing and $40 for snowboarding at participating ski areas. The program is open to anyone seven and older. Vouchers can be picked up at participating Michigan McDonald's restaurants and MSIA retail ski stores throughout January while supplies last. 


Western Deals


Westerners have plenty of choices, too, says editor Andy Dennison.


Homewood (No. Calif.): First-time skiers and snowboarders 13 and older receive a 2.5- hour beginner lesson, beginner lift ticket and all-day equipment rentals for $44 each. 


Mt. Rose  Ski Tahoe (No. Calif.): First Timer packages are $69 per person ($67 if you reserve online) and include beginner lift ticket, 90-minute lesson and rental equipment (ages 7 and older).


Snow Summit and Bear Mountain (So. Calif.): Free rentals to newbies eight years and older in January (except Jan. 7, 8, 14-16) who buy beginner lessons that start at $49.


Bogus Basin (Idaho): Four lessons for 1-3/4 hours each, equipment rental and usage after lesson, and season pass for $229-249. 


Mt. Hood Meadows (Oregon): Three-day ($139), three-night ($79), one-day ($70) and one-night ($35) packages all for 13 years and older and include lift ticket, two-hour lesson and rentals.


Ski New Mexico: For $30 per day, children 6 to 12 years old, get ticket, lesson and rental from Angel Fire, Pajarito, Red River, Ski Santa Fe, Sandia Peak, Ski Apache, Sipapu, Taos Ski Valley and Enchanted Forest. The program runs through Jan. 31.


Brian Head Ski Resort (Utah): For $45, newbies get a two-hour lesson, rentals and lift ticket. Participants also will receive a bounce-back coupon for two $45 Get Better lessons that, if completed, mean 50 percent off season pass and rentals.


Eagle Point (Utah): For ticket, lesson and rentals, adult all-day package is $59, children’s is $64 and half-day costs $39.


Arapahoe Basin (Colo.): All four Sundays in January and February offer up ticket, lesson and rental for $99 skiing, $107 snowboarding for adults; $79 and $84 for kids.


Crested Butte (Colo.): A $59 beginner ski or ride package for ages 15 and up includes limited–access ticket, rentals and lesson. 


Don’t miss a beat this month. It’s time to learn to ski and ride.




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