As America battles an obesity epidemic, the snow sports industry hopes to motivate youth and adults to be active in winter months when exercise is most difficult. This January join Utah resorts for the second National Learn a Snow Sport Month. The event takes place across the country at alpine resorts, Nordic centers, and state and national parks with 32 states offering free or discounted ski, snowboard, and cross-country ski or snowshoe lessons. Utah has acted as a leader in developing this national initiative and will roll out a month of great beginner deals for Utah locals with its Lucky 13 promotion.

Nearly one in 10 of the world's school children are obese or overweight and the number of overweight adolescents in the U.S. has tripled in the past two decades. What creates this fatness in children and adolescents is laziness, unhealthy eating patterns or both. Snow sports gets the whole family off the couch and potentially promotes a lifetime of year-round exercise and recreation.

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and several other governors across the nation have officially declared January learn a snow sport month in their states. Learn a Snow Sport Month is supported by SnowSports Industries America (SIA), Professional Ski Instructors of America -American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), and Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA). 

Check out some of the best deals (for Utah residents only):

Alta will offer four 2-hour lessons, four beginner lift passes and four days of rentals for $179. This special is actually available any four days of the season, excluding holidays.

The Canyons, Snowbird, Snowbasin and Deer Valley have $13 lift tickets, $13 rentals, and $13 ski or board first-time lessons through January, excluding Jan. 16-18.  Solitude has the same deal but they've thrown in a $13 family pizza to boot.

Take 13 snowkiting lessons at Powder Mountain every Wednesday through March for $99.

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