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5 States to Experience 'Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month'

Monday Jan 8, 2018

Nearly 70 ski areas in the U.S. have already signed up to offer special Learn to Ski and Snowboard beginner programs during January, which is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

According to the National Ski Areas Association's Beginner Conversion Study, more than 50 percent of beginners interviewed said they wanted to learn the sport so they could spend more time with friends or family members who already participate.

During Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, resorts are offering beginner packages that typically include a lesson, lift ticket and rental gear. They range from one lesson up to three or four lessons depending on the location. EDGE offers our favorite chill spots to hit the slopes:

1. Vermont
Ski Vermont is offering a $49 lesson, lift ticket and rental program for its members. A number of Vermont resorts are participating, including Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Killington, Mount Snow, Pico, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton and Sugarbush.

2. New York
New York boasts more ski areas than any other state. The association web site is hosting Discover NY Ski Day on January 18th when folks can learn to ski with packages starting at $25 at ski areas all around New York State.

Other special offers in New York to keep an eye on are available at Belleayre, Holiday Valley, Hunter, Mount Peter, Snow Ridge, Swain and West Mountain.

3. Pennsylvania
Ski PA has two programs, and the PSAA First Time Program costs $59 for a beginner lift ticket, lesson and rental equipment. It also has a five dollars off adult or child midweek learn to ski and snowboard package at any PSAA member area. Package includes beginner lift ticket, rental equipment and beginner group lesson.

Pennsylvania resorts currently offering special promotions include Bear Creek, Blue Mountain, Jack Frost/Big Boulder, Liberty, Roundtop, Shawnee, Ski Big Bear and Whitetail.

Colorado's Arapahoe Basin is celebrating its 70th year with a season-long promotion. The beginner package includes a half-day lesson, full day all-mountain lift ticket and a sport rental package (including helmet) for $125. Morning lessons start at 9:55 a.m. and afternoon lessons meet at 1:05 p.m.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is offering beginner-only adults 50 percent off ski and snowboard rental equipment through the CBMR Rental and Demo Shop with a reservation of an adult beginner "Ski Adventure" lesson. First time skiers and riders ages 15 and older can sign up with the Crested Butte Ski and Ride School. The package includes a full day ski or snowboard lesson and full day adult lift ticket. Advance reservation is required.

Steamboat's Learn to Ski/Ride Package includes two days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for $250 from January 6-31, 2018. Learn to Ski/Ride is available for adults and children ages first grade and older.

Sunlight's "Learn to Shine" program includes three days of two-hour lessons, equipment rental and lift tickets, plus a complimentary five-day ski pass once lessons have been completed. The three two-hour lessons can be taken on the dates of your choice. Cost is $395.

Deer Valley's annual first-timers day is Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 12:45 to 4 p.m. Cost is $49 and includes a lift ticket, ski rental equipment and ski lesson. Participants must be 13 years of age or older and the program is for first-time local skiers only.

Eagle Point was voted #1 beginner ski resort in Utah by and is offering a $49 lesson package to any first-time skier/rider. This package includes a half-day lesson, full day lift ticket, and full day rentals. The offer starts January 3rd and is not valid January 13th-15th.

Powder Mountain's package includes a lift ticket, two-hour group lesson and equipment rental. Cost is $49 and you must mention "Learn to Ski Month" promo at time of reservation to receive the reduced price. Contact for reservations. Minimum age is 13. The offer is not valid January 13-16, 2018.

Snowbasin's $49 Lift, Lesson and Rental Package is for first-time local skiers and snowboarders on January 27, 2018. Reservations must be made prior to January 25 by calling Snowbasin Resort at 801-620-1015, referring to "Ski Utah Learn to Ski/Snowboard Package." The offer is one lesson per participant. A valid credit card is required for all reservations. Participants must be 13 years or older, and a parent or guardian must sign a Ski Rental Agreement and Acknowledgement of Risks Agreement the day of the program, prior to the start of clinic, for anyone under 18.

Solitude is also hosting the Ski Utah Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program. Lessons start daily beginning Sunday, January 7 through Friday, January 12 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This program is for first-time local skiers and snowboarders only. Check-in time is 11:30 a.m. to noon. Classes meet in the Moonbeam base area from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Minimum age is 7 years old. The package includes a first-timer lesson, lift ticket and rentals for $49 per participant. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 801.536.5730 and referring to the Learn to Ski Program. Daily limit is 50 participants.

Sundance is offering a full day lift ticket, full day rental and a 2.5 hour morning lesson from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday mornings in January (9, 15, 23, 30). Cost is $49 and the minimum age is 8. Offers can be purchased online, and you will be asked to provide valid Utah residency identification. All participants must sign a liability risk agreement waiver at the time of registration and offer is valid one time per guest.

A full list of Ski Utah resorts that are offering special Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages starting at $49 during the month of January are located on the Ski Utah web site. Packages include lift ticket, beginner group lesson and equipment rental and are available for children and adults. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply.


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