Regardless of what you’re shopping for, free is always an agreeable price. For first-time skiers and riders, the cost of today's lift tickets can be shocking – nevermind the price of instruction, rentals, or purchasing your own gear. But this is a discouraging way to be introduced to the sport. Instead, learn to love the sport purely for what it is, not based on its dollar-to-enjoyment value.

From Jan. 12 to 18, first-time skiers and riders in New Hampshire can take advantage of a risk-free opportunity to get on snow, while the resorts pick up the tab. 

HOW: 

First-time downhill skiers and snowboarders receive a free learn to ski or snowboard lesson, equipment rentals & lift ticket (valid for access to beginner terrain.) Participants must register with Ski NH to download a Learn to Ski & Ride Free coupon, then make a reservation with one of the following participating resorts.  

WHERE:

Bretton Woods (age 13+)
Cannon Mountain (age 13+)
Cranmore Mountain Resort (age 13+)
Dartmouth Skiway (age 13+)
Granite Gorge (age 5+, Sunday only)
Gunstock Mountain Resort (age 6+)
King Pine at Purity Spring Resort (age 13+)
Loon Mountain (age 13+, Sunday-Friday only)
Pats Peak (age 6+, Monday-Thursday only)
Ragged Mountain (age 13+)
Waterville Valley (age 7+)         

Not looking to jump into the full downhill experience? Start out with something a little tamer. This free week deal is redeemable at half a dozen cross country ski centers located throughout the Granite State. First-time cross country skiers receive a free learn to ski lesson, free equipment rentals & a free trail pass.

More info at skinh.com.