Just as the daylight is getting longer in Alaska, ski resorts are rolling out the special packages for learning to ski or ride in January. Alyeska Resort and Eaglecrest Ski Area are offering several beginner skiing or riding lesson options as part of the national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

Alyeska Resort has knocked about $110 off their regular lesson package rate for the month of January. Beginners can buy a package to start skiing or riding for $99 per person.

The package includes three group lessons, three days of lower mountain lift tickets, and three days of rental equipment. The lower mountain lift ticket allows for riding the magic carpets, the Bear Cub Quad and Chair 7.

Participants must be at least five years old to take the ski lessons in this program or at least eight years old to take the snowboard lessons in this program. Lessons are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. All three lessons must be completed by Jan. 31.

You can buy the beginner ski or snowboard packages in person at the Mountain Learning Center Desk in the Daylodge or call 907-754-2280. Find more information here.


Eaglecrest offers several programs for first time skiers and riders. Photo by Nick Bonzey/Flickr.

Juneau's Eaglecrest is offering a Triple Play Learners Pack for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The pack, which costs $109 all season, includes three days of lessons, rentals and lower mountain lift tickets. The Triple Play Learners Pack is available for anyone at least seven years old.

Adults who want to learn to ski or ride can get a discount on Sunday mornings. A single-day learning package costs $29 instead of $54. The package includes a two-hour lesson, rentals and lower mountain lift ticket.

Women can get introduced to the slopes on Jan. 15 with the First Tracks program. The skiing and riding program, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon, includes a continental breakfast, a two-hour lesson, rentals and lower mountain lift ticket. The program costs $54, but women who sign up with a friend will each receive a $10 discount. Reservations are required for the First Tracks program by calling 907-790-2000, extension 211.

For more information on Eaglecrest’s beginner lesson programs, look here.