Washington, DC (December 8, 2014) — Black Friday deals have come and gone and now ski and snowboard areas from coast to coast are gearing up with special deals of their own for those who want to learn this winter. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January is a time when the snow sports industry offers attractive and affordable beginner programs for children and adults who can learn from a pro.
Programs vary. Some are even free. Most provide a lesson, lift ticket and rental equipment as a package for a day or multiple days. Information on a variety of programs is available at learntoskiandsnowboard.org on a paged called January Specials. The web site also lists practical and helpful information targeted to newcomers who know little about skiing and snowboarding. Even seasoned aficionados will find valuable information on the site.
Here is a sampling of beginner programs in the eastern half of the U.S. being offered during January and even before and beyond. Shortly, a separate release will be issued for western venues.
Michigan’s Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highland are offering cross-country lessons for $20 and ski or snowboard lessons for $35. Lifts and rentals are included. Ski Brule, also in Michigan, has a FREE program going. The state’s Discover Michigan program includes winter resorts throughout the state.
The Ski Areas of New York (Iskiny.com), through its member resorts, is offering special Learn to Ski and Snowboard and Bring a Friend programs not just for January but all winter. Member resorts such as Greek Peak, Hunter and Holiday Valley are celebrating January with their own special programs.
Ski Vermont will offer a $29 lift, lesson, rentals package for newcomers. Most resorts in the state participate although quantities may be limited at some venues. Ski Vermont also is offering incentives for bringing friends and many individual resorts have their own programs in place. Killington, for example, is featuring a “Bring a Friend, Ski Free” deal.
Many Ski New Hampshire venues also are offering a $29 package. Several cross- country venues in the state have a $19 lift, lesson rental package.
Ski Maine has pulled together a statewide Bring a Friend effort with details available on their web site. Also in Maine, Sunday River and Sugarloaf have carved out attractive beginner learning programs. For example, Sunday River has a Learn to Ski or Snowboard program for $29. From December 6 to January 31, anyone over the age of 15 can take a three-hour Perfect Turn Clinic, including all rental equipment and a beginner ticket valid for the e