U.S. Ski/Snowboard Areas from Coast to Coast Ready to Greet Newcomers for Lessons During January - "Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month"


CONTACT: Mary Jo Tarallo | mjt@learntoskiandsnowboard.org | 202-431-6950

December 2016 - “Humans were Never Meant to Hibernate” is the slogan for the snow sports industry’s annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard initiative to get more children and adults out doors in winter. Beginner lessons from professional instructors are available all winter long and January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Locations across the U.S. from Alaska to North Carolina are gearing up to offer their best deals during January.

Programs start January 2 and the “World’s Largest Lesson” is January 6

Many programs start the day after new year’s and continue throughout the month, excluding Martin Luther Kind weekend. The “unofficial kick-off is Friday, January 6, 2017 when resorts across the U.S. and Canada host events to determine a Guinness record for the World’s Largest Ski and World’s Largest Snowboard Lessons. (SEE BELOW for details)

Special Offers Abound

The Special Offers section of the learntoskiandsnowboard.org web site provides a sampling of beginner lesson programs in 21 states but many more are available. A simple way to find out what is happening in each state is to log onto

www.learntoskiandsnowboard.org and use Find Resorts menu tab. An easy-to-use zip code search enables newcomers to find locations near where they live.

Statewide Programs

Several Resort Associations have organized statewide programs mostly for Alpine skiing or snowboarding but some include cross-country skiing as well. . The majority of programs include a lift ticket, the lesson and rental equipment.

Twenty-six locations take part in the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association’s “Discover Michigan” program. Beginner Alpine ski and snowboard lessons cost $35 and cross-country lessons cost $20. Several Discover Michigan resorts also have listings at Special Offers including Apple Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Norway Mountain and Treetops Resort.

Ski New Hampshire’s program costs $39 for ski and snowboard beginner lessons and $19 for cross-country lessons. Several NH resorts have a listing in Special Offers including Black Mountain, Bretton Woods, Cannon, Cranmore, and King Pine. The state-wide SkiNH program also is listed in Special Offers and more details are available on the SkiNH web site.

Vermont, Pennsylvania and Utah also have on-going state-wide programs. Ski Vermont’s one-lesson program costs $49 at participating resorts.

Ski Vermont also is giving away lift tickets to those who introduce a “friend” to the association’s Take 3 (lessons) package. Cost it $129 (or $43 per lesson), Individual Vermont resorts listed in Special Offers include Bromley, Pico and Killington.

Ski PA has two incentive programs. Beginners can get a $5 discount on beginner lessons mid-week/non-holiday at participating resorts. Although some resort allocations have sold out about a dozen PA resorts still are offering $49 package through SkiPAFirst-time Ski/Snowboard Program.” This is an online-only offer on the SkiPA web site and it takes a couple of weeks to receive a requested pass. Several PA resorts’ individual offers are posted in Special Offers including Blue Mountain Resort, Jack Frost/Big Boulder, Liberty Mountain Resort, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Ski Shawnee, Ski Big Bear and Whitetail.

In New York, Belleayre, Bristol, Thunder Ridge, Toggenburg and Windham all have affordable learning packages posts at Special Offers. The ISkiNY association is hosting a “Discover New York Day” on January 19.

In Utah, Alta, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head, Brighton, Deer Valley, Nordic Valley, Park City, Powder Mountain, Snowbird, Solitude and Sundance all are part of the Ski Utah $49 Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month promotion (Alta’s fee is $45).

MORE Special Offers

Additionally, the Special Offers page provides an overview of individual resort offers in various states:

Alaska’s Alyeska and Eaglecrest have an array of January programs that are posted in the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Special Offers.


Arizona Snowbowl's Learn in Five program offers a season pass for the remainder of the year for those who complete all five lessons PLUS an option to purchase a season pass for the 2017-18 season at 50% off. 

In California, Heavenly, Homewood and Mountain High have posted information in Special Offers. Mountain High is offering a 2 for 1 deal on their mid-week half-day beginner package. Buy one and get one free. Value is $85. Heavenly is on board with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, offering two adult lessons for the price of $210. Half-day lessons are available at 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Homewood is offering a $59 Learn to Ski & Ride Package including rentals and a $49 BRING A FRIEND OFFER when lessons are purchased in advance.  

Iowa’s Sundown Mountain Resort is hosting three and four-week beginner programs for children and adults starting December 28 with several dates in January.

Idaho’s Lookout Pass has a limited lift ticket and full mountain lift ticket Guaranteed Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages staring priced at $50 and $59. Also, in Idaho, Silver Mountain is offing a beginner package for $39. 

Indiana’s Paoli Peaks has a $45 package on Saturdays and Sundays in January.

In Massachusetts, adults or children ages 7+ can learn to Ski or Snowboard for $75 at Ski Butternut. Elsewhere in the state, Wachusett’s beginner learn to ski or snowboard costs $99. Its award-winning Bring A Friend For Fun Package includes a lift ticket for someone and a Beginner Package for a friend (lift ticket, lesson and rental) for $110!

In Minnesota, Mount Ski Gull has a five-week ski program for kids ages 5 – 12 and a five-week snowboard programs for kids ages 6 – 12. The ski program starts January 21 and snowboard starts January 22.

Nevada’s Diamond Peak is offering special Learn to Ski & Ride packages for $39 from January 9- 13, 2017 for those ages 7 - Adult:

North Carolina’s Cataloochee is offering a $59 beginner package Monday – Friday beginning Friday, January 6, 2017.


Oregon's Mt Hood Meadows has two offers: a 3-Time Learn to ski / ride package for $139 that Includes equipment rental, 2 hour lesson and Progression ticket valid on up to four chair lifts and more. it is for ages those 13 and older and there are no restrictive dates; The resort also has a One Day Learn to ski or ride package for $79 that includes a two-hour lesson, equipment rentals for the day and a Progression lift ticket valid on up to four lifts plus more. Both the 3-lesson and one-lesson packages are to those or age 13 and older and there are no restrictive dates.


In Washington state, 49 Degrees North and Mt Spokane are participating in the EZ Ski 1, 2 3 program that also is offered by a coalition of resorts known as Ski the Northwest Rockies. The program includes three days of lessons, lift tickets and rental equipment.

Virginia’s Massanutten is offering its 4-hr Pathway Program – Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Special for January, Monday - Thursday for $70.

In West Virginia, Canaan Valley is offering a “learn to” program Mondays through Thursdays during January. Lift ticket, equipment rental and beginner lesson package is $69 for adults and $49 for juniors (7-12 / must be 9 years old for snowboarding).

World’s Largest Lesson(s)

More than 80 U.S. Ski and snowboard resorts have signed on as host sites in an attempt to set a Guinness record for the World’s Largest Ski and Largest Snowboard Lessons on Friday, January 6, 2017. Ski and snowboard are taught separately. Many Canadian resorts are joining their U.S.host sites via the Canadian Ski Council’s “Never Ever Days” program. All events will take place simultaneously in seven different time zones.

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