Non-skiers and snowboarders have a lot to learn – on-snow skills and technique aside. Until they get their first taste of the sliding on snow they have no idea how fun, challenging, and ultimately addicting the mountain lifestyle can be. And while their well-traveled friends and relatives may brag to no end about worldwide snow meccas and epic ski destinations they have to experience, one of the biggest (and most exciting) things for beginners to learn, is that their future turns are more accessible than ever.

With more ski areas than any other state, New York is a perfect place for beginners to realize their hidden passion for snow. And with the help of these Learn to Ski and Snowboard specials, Empire State first timers can become life timers for less. Let the addiction begin. 

Holiday Valley Resort

20 percent off Learn to Ski or Ride packages. “Bring a Friend” who purchases a learn to ski package get a free group lesson. If the friend purchases a 1-2-3 Go package (three sessions) you get a free private lesson.

Hunter Mountain 

Purchase a Single Pak (Sunday through Friday, non-holiday) and get a second Single Pak FREE. ($79 value). A single visit with Lower Mountain lift ticket, group lesson and equipment rental. Valid for ages 13 and up. Must be purchased in-person at the mountain. 

Kissing Bridge Ski Area 

$70 Learn to Ski or Snowboard package (includes  90 minute lesson, rental and beginner hill lift ticket). Valid anytime in January.

Labrador Mountain 

Three visits for just $25 each time, including rental equipment, and a half-hour lesson. Lesson times are 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 5 & 6pm . After the first lesson, a Badger lift ticket will be provided for skiing / riding the Badger lift area. Offer valid for ages 7 years and older. Available every day through March.

Oak Mountain 

Buy 2 beginner group lessons, get one free. Must make reservations ahead of time. All ages, starting at $35 for half a day. 

Peek 'n Peak Resort 

Buy one Learn to Ski or Snowboard Beginner Package get one Free and a Buy one Learn to Ski or Snowboard Better Package get one free (skills improvement). Not valid during MLK weekend, Jan. 19-21, 2013.

Royal Mountain 

$50 Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package. Includes rental, lesson and beginners' area lift ticket.

Swain Resort 

$39 First Turns Learn to Ski or Board Package (not valid Jan. 19-21). 

Toggenburg Mountain

Buy one Learn To Ski/Snowboard Package (just $25) get one free.

Thunder Ridge Ski Area 

Adult Learn to Ski Package (lesson, lift and rental package.) $70 Monday-Thursday, non-holiday; $99 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday,  $89 for ages 8-12.

Whiteface Mountain 

$59 Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package (lifts, lessons and rental) any mid-week day.

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