Snow dumping storms have blanketed West Virginia during the first two weeks of 2010. The snowfall, plus consistent cold for snowmaking, has enabled resorts to provide quality conditions.. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin recently declared January "Learn a Snow Sport Month" in the state and resorts are responding with some attractive learning packages.
"We have received over 6 feet of snow since the first of the year and that has helped create excellent conditions," said Terry Pfeiffer, president of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and Winterplace Resort.
Winterplace is offering its $99 three-pack good for three full sessions Monday - Friday, non-holidays. The package includes lessons, rentals, and lift tickets. Available terrain is limited the first two days, but the third day includes an all-terrain ticket. This is a $179.85 value for skiers and a $192.85 value for snowboarders. Translated, that means a 45 percent and a 49 percent savings respectively.
Single lessons cost $46.95 midweek and $72.95 weekends. Midweek lesson times start at 10 a.m. with afternoon sessions starting at 12 noon, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m. Lessons begin at 8 a.m. weekends and are held every hour until 7 p.m. A good snow surface makes learning the sport easier and more fun.