Paired up with someone who doesn’t ski or snowboard yet? Are your kids ready to start skiing? Take your friend or family to a Wyoming ski resort for an introduction to the slopes.
Grand Targhee Resort has joined the January Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month with a season pass given to newbies who complete the 1, 2, 3 Start Me Up program. The program packages up two-hour lessons, rentals, and Shoshone lift tickets for three days of learning to ski or snowboard for $237-267. Those who complete the program will receive a season pass, valid for the remainder of the 2012-13 winter.
Targhee uses a unique approach to learning with a beginner area designed with natural mountain features to promote turning. The special Kids Fun Zone also uses fun features to enhance learning.
On the other side of the Teton Mountains, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers the Learn To Turn program. It comes with a guarantee: you can repeat the lesson program free until speed control and wedge turns are mastered.
The program runs in a full day or afternoon version. Options include adding rentals and a beginner lift ticket to the lesson. Depending on the desired combination of lesson, lift ticket, and rentals, the cost ranges $110-160. But if you purchase the lesson or package in advance online, you can save a few dollars as the online rates are less.
Snowy Range also offers a deal for beginners making lesson reservations online. For adults, for instance, the two-hour morning lesson package that includes rentals and a lift ticket costs $103 if purchased on site. But you can buy the same package in advance online for $93. The afternoon lesson package costs less: $98 for walk ins or $88 online.
In Casper, Hogadon runs beginner programs every weekend throughout the season, which started Dec. 30. The two-hour lesson, lift ticket, and rental package costs $35 for first timers of all ages. Reservations are required for the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. lessons for all ages.
Outside Cody, Sleeping Giant offers a one-hour lesson packages with a lift ticket and rentals for newcomers to skiing or snowboarding. Lessons take place four times daily on the Cubby tow in the learning area. The packages cost $35-60. Sleeping Giant also has a three-day learning package for $99.
White Pine Ski Area teaches 90-minute lessons twice a day and can accommodate beginners. Lessons run $25 per session. Rentals and lift tickets cost extra.
For more information on learning to ski or ride at Wyoming resorts, look here: Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Snowy Range, Hogadon, Sleeping Giant, White Pine.
Grand Targhee Resort, Wyoming
1st January 2013 - 31st January 2013
First-time skiers or snowboarders