Youngsters who want a taste of skiing or snowboarding should get it, but the cost of taking lessons at a resort can be challenging for a family on a budget.

Ski New Mexico, a trade association, and Albuquerque TV station KOAT TV-7 have stepped up for youngsters from the Land of Enchantment to give them an even better shot at experiencing the thrill of sliding down a mountain. The state's Learn to Ski and Ride Program will expand beyond weekend lesson to some weekdays during the winter season, according to Ski New Mexico.

A cost of $30 will get any young New Mexican age 6-12 a day's lesson and ticket at Angel Fire Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Red River Ski Area, Ski Santa Fe, Sandia Peak, Ski Apache, Sipapu Ski Resort, Taos Ski Valley, and the Nordic area Enchanted Forest near Red River. A parent or guardian should check directly with the resort to learn the dates when the lessons will be given. A reservation for the program is required.

Resorts in Utah have a similar program. Many ski areas across the country have special low-cost programs to get youngsters skiing and riding.

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