When you’re new to the sport of skiing or snowboarding, shelling out the money for equipment and lift tickets can seem like quite a gamble. The question, "What if I don’t like it?" is a concern that hangs on the minds and wallets of beginners. Adding lessons to the mix will help expedite the decision process, sure, but the cost of the experience has just increased dramatically. What if you could have the opportunity to try it on a few occasions, without the high upfront investment? The Explorer Card from Camelback Mountain Resort is the perfect way to test it out and get a feel for the snow, without breaking the bank.

For just $189, beginner skiers or riders (ages 6 & up) can get the feel for the sport and enjoy three, one-day introductory packages. The packages each include a lower mountain lift ticket, rentals and a one and a half hour lesson (a $285 value in all). Also, all Explorer Card purchases come with a Passport To Winter Fun coupon book, loaded with money saving offers for you and your friends. Coupons include discounts on Learn-To offers, Lift Tickets, Snowtubing Tickets, Mountain Coaster and Camelback tickets for the 2013 season.

Explorer Cards are available only while supplies last and must be purchased online, one card per person, one redemption per day used by the cardholder only.

Once you’ve got the hang of sliding on snow, do yourself a favor and pick up the $49 CamelCard to continue getting deep discounts as you progress from intermediate corduroy killer to pro pow slasher, plus every third lift ticket is free. These cards are on sale all season long.

More info at skicamelback.com.