This is the first time many snow sports organizations have rallied for the drive to introduce newcomers to alpine ski and snowboarding. Participating in snow sports improves your health while you get outside in winter for exercise.
Offers vary depending on the individual states and resorts but most learning programs charge a reasonable fee for lessons, lift tickets and/or equipment for alpine ski or snowboard lessons. Check below for what's on tap in Colorado this month.
Learn to ski or snowboard in as few as three lessons through A-Basin's Guarantee to Succeed program. Expert staff at A-Basin will take beginners ages seven and older for three half-day lessons and A-Basin throws in full-day equipment rentals with each lesson. Participants will get an A-Basin-only season pass to keep honing those new skills throughout the 2008-09 ski and snowboard season. $309 for the package.
A-Basin will provide more lessons at no extra cost, if participants are not skiing/riding blue terrain by their third lesson. Lessons are available any day. Call 888-ARAPAHOE (888-272-7246) for more information or to purchase this program.
First-timers of any age can get a screamin' deal at Copper Mountain. During the regular ski season, newbies get $75 half-day lessons or $80 half-day lessons during the holiday season. Full-day lessons are a bit more, at $90 during the regular season and 95$ during the holidays. Book online and save 10 percent.
Echo offers a unique chance for parents and children to learn together. With a Parent & Me Semi-Private Lesson, an instructor gives personalized coaching for parents to teach skiing to their children between 3-6 years of age. There is a 1:1 instructor to parent/child ratio. Lessons last one hour and reservations are required. Cost is $60. Each additional parent-and-child costs $25. Call 303 325 7347, x4.
Ski Trek is designed for ages four to six and seven to 12. For six or 12 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays, children will build on the skills learned the previous week. Snowboard Trek is for ages seven to 12, and Cross-country Trek is for ages five to 12. Register in person at Eldora Mountain Sports , by phone at 303-440-8700 or online.
One of the hottest deals in ski country, Loveland offers a free 2008-09 season pass for skiers or riders who complete three lessons. Lessons last for 2.5 hours and include a beginner lift ticket and rental package for the day. Lesson one costs $73, and lessons 2 and 3 each cost $88. Call 303-571-5580 for more information.
The Monarch Ski & Ride School guarantees their professional, patient, friendly instructors will have first-time skiers and riders (ages 7 and older) turning, stopping, and even riding their beginner chairlift by the end of their first 4-hour group clinic. If not, a student's next lesson is on Monarch. All day ski or snowboard rental, full-day lift ticket and a four-hour group lesson are included for $133. Call toll-free: 888-996-7669 x 5196 to make a reservation.
Ski Cooper will not only teach students to ski and board but will teach them the important fundamentals, including how fast they should progress and, of course, how much fun can be had. A two-hour lesson, equipment rental, and a beginner lift ticket costs $50 or guests can choose a full-mountain lift ticket for $10 more. Classes are offered at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 1:30 p.m. daily. Call 719- 486-2277 for more information.
Skiers and riders can get a full two-hour lesson for $55 at SolVista Mountain on Granby Ranch. Intrepid beginners who want to master the sport, can take SolVista's $129 full-day Guaranteed Start to Ski or Snowboard program where first-timers are guaranteed to be up on their skis or snowboard by the end of the day. Call 888-850-4615 for more information.
Winter Park offers a 10 percent discount on the posted first-time lesson rates when skiers or riders book their lessons seven or more days in advance. Skiers and riders can purchase a 2.5-hour lesson, lift ticket included, for just $69 or a 2.5-hour lesson with a lift ticket and rentals for only $89. Call 800.729.7907 or go online for more information.