Afton Alps, one of the largest ski areas near the Twin Cities, has been turning Minnesotans on to skiing for nearly 50 years.  Arguably one of the finest ski schools in the Heartland, they offer programs to fit every life, time commitment and pocket book available.

They want to make sure all new skiers and snowboarders get started on the right track. Afton offers a free, one-hour beginner lesson daily to everyone, ages 10 and up, that purchases a full-price lift ticket and rental package.

Ski & Ride Simplified, for anyone 16 and older, is $94.85, which covers three lift tickets, rentals, and lessons. You come out three separate evenings after 4:30 p.m., and the lessons are given at 5 and 6:30 p.m. You choose the evenings and the time for the lesson.  The rest of the evening can be spent skiing or riding.  Upon completion of the three sessions, you receive a card or coupon book that entitles you to various discounts throughout the ski area, including lift tickets.

Family Value Days take place the weekend of Dec. 18-19 from 2 p.m. to close. Two family members are $52, which includes two lift tickets, and each additional family member is $22.  All of the lift tickets must be purchased at one time, and at least one family member must be a parent or guardian.  Rental equipment is half-off, and beginner group lessons are offered for $4 per person.

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