Each January, ski and snowboard resorts throughout North America participate in Learn-to-Ski-and-Snowboard Month, in an effort to bring more customers into the sport.

All manner of versions exist during the month of January. Industry promoter Colorado Ski Country USA has expanded its 5th Grade Passport Program to include a free beginner lesson with rental equipment. The Colorado passport program provides three free lift tickets at each of the CSCUSA member resorts. For information, click here.

Here are what four southern Rockies resorts have to offer for the month’s promotion for aspiring skiers and snowboarders:

At Crested Butte Mountain Resort, beginners who book a two-night stay at any resort property get a free day of lifts, lessons and rentals, regardless of age. The promotion runs Jan. 3 to March 9. For information, call 800-600-2803.

At Monarch Mountain, beginners get a bonus with the new Caterpillar moving carpet lift. The learn-to-ski/snowboard package costs $99 for adults and $89 for children 7-12, and includes a day ticket, equipment rental and 1-3/4 hour lesson – plus a free beverage in the bar. For information, click here.

At Powderhorn Mountain Resort, the ski school dangles a free season pass at the end of a concentrated series of lessons for never-ever skiers or snowboarders. For $249, the series includes lessons, lift tickets and equipment rental on Jan.1-3, 7, 14 and 21 – with a free season pass for the rest of the year to students who attend all sessions. To register, click here or call 970-268-5700 ext. 2080. 

On Fridays through Sundays in January at Durango Mountain Resort, $99 will get beginners three half-day lessons, three days of rentals and three days of lift tickets. After completing the three-day introduction, participants can purchase a season pass for the rest of the winter for $99. The resort also offers a one-day version of the beginner package for $49. Neither programs run on the Martin Luther King weekend. For information, click here.

For information on Colorado learn-to-ski/snowboard programs, click here.