Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is big into sustainability of its skier base -- so much so that it gives a season pass to skiers and snowboarders that graduate from its popular four-session beginner programs. This winter, the resort is adding a second conveyor carpet for beginners to meet the demand for the numbers who want to learn to ski or ride.

The nonprofit ski area was the beneficiary this year of an annual community fundraiser. The money, about $105,000, went into a new 400-foot-long conveyor carpet to supplement the 200-foot one already at the ski area.

The need for a second carpet speaks to the volumes of beginners at Bogus Basin. "We fill up our beginner programs and make them cheap, too," General Manager Mike Shirley told OnTheSnow. "We are trying to eliminate the excuses for not coming back."

The resort's popular Passport program packages up four beginner lessons with rentals. The program is designed for adults and kids ages 12 and older that want to learn to ski or snowboard. The availability of the sessions on weekends, holidays, Thursdays, and Saturday nights aids in its popularity.

Rentals in the Passport Program are included for the season, and those who graduate from the program get a season pass for the remainder of the year. The passport program costs $249.

Kids younger than 12 years old can also get packages of lessons. Four half-day or full day ski lessons for ages 3-6 cost $149-348, depending on length and the addition of season-long rentals. Kids ages 7-11 can get a package of four half or full day ski or snowboard lessons for $79-258, with or without season-long rentals included.

"The average height on the mountain is four feet," said Shirley, explaining the popularity of the programs. "We have a lot of kids so it almost seems like YMCA on the mountain."

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