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Western Resorts Reach Out To Newbies For January Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month

Learning at Brian HeadAfter all the hoopla around Christmas and New Year’s, it’s time to get down to the business of learning how to ski or snowboard.

For the last five years, January has become Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month around the United States, as resorts work to bring new people to the slopes.  Dozens of western resorts participate with discounted or free lessons, rentals and tickets. Some even offer a season pass if a certain level of skill is achieved.

Here’s a sampling of the deals across the Mountain West:

Timberline. Ore. resort promotes “two-day linking turn guarantee.” After a pair of two-hour lessons for $99 (including gear and ticket), skiers and riders unable to link turns on beginning terrain at the end of the second session can come back at no charge for as long as it takes to do so. More

Alpine Meadows. Newbies age 13 or older at the Tahoe-area resort pay $49 Monday through Friday for a beginner lift ticket, rentals and either a morning or afternoon group lesson. More

Snowbird. Newcomers who live in Utah who take a $45 beginner lesson get five more discounted adult group lessons, and five days of skiing or riding for half price. For more, email.

Brian Head. So-called Brian Head University in Utah guarantees its teaching program produce skiers and riders in three lessons or the southern Utah resort will refund their money. Program includes three group Lessons, three tickets and three days of rentals for $199. Completion yields free pass for rest of season and half off 2015-2016 pass. For more, call 1-866-930-1010. 

Powderhorn. Never-ever skiers at least five years old take three full-day lessons for $149 during any three days throughout the season at the Colorado ski area. Upon graduation, futures lessons, rental sand tickets are half off. Newby snowboarders have to be at least seven years old. More

Brundage Mountain. For $199, beginning skiers and riders 10 years or older take lessons – with rental and ticket -- on any four weekend days. Complete the classes and get a season pass for the rest of the year at the Idaho mountain. More

Click here for information on many other resorts’ learn to ski or snowboard programs.

Photos: Top -- Learning to ski or ride at Brian Head, Utah (Brian Head); Bottom: Adults learn quickly at Vail (Vail Resorts/Dan Davis)

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