You've probably heard the phrase "if you can ski the East, you can ski anything." It's not just something they say to blow powder up your skirt, it's true. And of the eastern states, Vermont is known for it's killer terrain and deep history in the snow sports world. It's regarded as one of the best places to learn how to ski or snowboard and boasts a long tradition of sculpting generation after generation of Olympic-caliber athletes.

For those interested in getting their snow legs and first taste of the mountain culture, Vermont is the place to visit during January, aka Learn To Ski or Snowboard Month. Thirteen Vermont resorts are offering beginner lessons for the entire month of January, excluding holiday periods (Jan. 1 and 14-15).

Cost: $29

- Full day beginner lift ticket
- Full day ski or snowboard equipment rental
- Lesson with a professional instructor

“In a state that welcomes seven times its population in skier visits annually, we’ve truly earned our reputation as being the premiere learn to ski and ride destination,” said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle. “Newcomers to these sports can appreciate Vermont’s iconic landscape, its esteemed ski heritage and highly certified professional instructors.”

Due to the deeply discounted price, the offer is limited to one beginner package per person.

Specific age restrictions include:

Valid for ages 4 and up: Bolton Valley Resort

Valid for ages 6 and up: Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Stowe, Sugarbush Resort

Valid for ages 7 and up: Burke Mountain Resort, Killington, Pico Mountain, Okemo

Valid for ages 8 and up: Jay Peak Resort

Valid for ages 13 and up: Bromley, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Stratton

New skiers and riders can sign up by emailing Provide the following information: Name, phone number, zip code; preferred ski resort and number of people signing up for the lesson.