Beech Mountain Resort has long been committed to providing affordable options for newcomers to try skiing and snowboarding. This January, in conjunction with the resort’s 45th anniversary, they're offering a special Learn to Ski Package for beginners for only $45. The package includes a mid-week (Monday-Friday) lift ticket, equipment rental, helmet, and a first-time beginner lesson. This package is available for beginners ages 8 and up only.

Skiers and riders looking to get some extra practice in after their first day can learn to ski and stay with the Skiing 101 on Beech Mountain package. For $101 per person, participants receive: a ski or snowboarding lesson, equipment rental, helmet rental, lift ticket and one night's lodging in the town of Beech Mountain at a participating lodging partner. Rate based on double occupancy is required, and all participants must be age 8 or older. Available every weekday in January.

In an effort to further promote first-timers hitting the slopes, Beech Mountain Resort is offering the second annual Learn to Ski Poster Contest for 3rd through 5th graders. The contest is open to all 3rd-5th grade students (regional, local, national) with special prizes awarded to the top designs submitted by boys and girls. 

1st Place: 1 beginner ski and board setup, 1 helmet, 1 set of goggles, 1 day in the youth learning center
2nd Place: 1 beginner ski package
3rd Place: 1 beginner ski package

All entries must be original flat, two dimensional drawings, paintings, or renderings. No photographs permitted. Posters should be at least 8.5" by 11", but no larger than 11" by 17" and should meet the theme: "Be Active, Learn to Ski or Snowboard". The posters will be displayed in the View Haus Cafeteria. First round of judging by Beech Mountain Resort's certified instructors. Final judging by pro snowboarder Tim Humphries.

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2013. 

More info at beechmountainresort.com.