Have you had a goal of learning to ski or snowboard? No sense holding off until the New Year. You can take the first step before the holidays, and save enough money you'll still have something left to shop with. Liberty Mountain, Whitetail Resort and Roundtop Mountain Resort are offering first-timer packages for as low as $39 through December 23.

The First Class Ski/Snowboard Program comes with everything you need to get up and sliding as a new skier or rider: a beginner area lift ticket, rentals and a first-time lesson that guarantees you'll learn to turn, stop, and ride a lift. Get ready for a serious sense of accomplishment that won't even cost you a New Year's resolution.

When your lesson is complete, do yourself a favor and pick up a Mountain Passport Card ($45)— an exclusive beginner's-only card good for discounts on future lessons, rentals and more.