Wildcat Mountain has two excellent offers during January: free lesson, lift, and rental packages; and a three-lesson package that ends with students owning a full season pass for the rest of the winter.

First, Wildcat invites never-evers to sign up for a free Learn-to-Ski or Ride lesson package, including lesson, rentals, and novice lift ticket, during the week of Jan. 4-10.

Skiers and riders also will be able to purchase three additional lessons as part of the First Tracks Pass package at a discount price. The First Tracks Pass package includes three additional lessons, equipment rental, and novice lift tickets, and a free Wildcat Mountain full season pass at the conclusion of the program. The cost for the First Tracks Pass package during the special Learn a Snow Sports Month is $189. That's a savings of $30 off the normal price of $219.

The free Learn-to-Ski or Ride and discount First Tracks Pass programs are available for first-time skiers and snowboarders only, age 13 and up. Reservations are required and space may be limited.

Why is Wildcat doing this? New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch has proclaimed January 2010 as "Learn a Snow Sports Month," recognizing that winter recreation is an important part of the state's lifestyle, economy, and rich winter sports history. New Hampshire joins several other states across the nation taking part in the snowsports industry's campaign to bring newcomers to winter sports.

Wildcat Mountain has been introducing people to winter recreation since it began offering lift-serviced skiing and riding more than 50 years ago. That tradition continues today with a staff of 84 instructors that collectively represent over 850 years of experience and 91 percent certification rate by the Professional Ski Instructors Association and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

Reservations: 888-754-9453.