Alyeska Resort wants to get beginners on the slopes to learn to ski or snowboard. To help out newcomers to the sport, the resort is dropping regular group lesson package rates for beginners in January.

The introductory package combines three lessons, rental equipment and lower mountain lift tickets. The lift ticket gives access to the magic carpets, Bear Cub Quad and Chair 7. The learn-to-ski program is designed for kids 5 years or older and adults. The learn-to-snowboard program works for kids 8 years old through adults.

The beginner package costs $99, a discount of $126 off the usual lesson package rate. The discount is available Jan. 7-31, 2014, and the three lessons must be taken during that time period. 

Beginner packages can be purchased at the Mountain Learning Center desk in the Daylodge. Beginners can also buy the package online or by calling 907-754-2280.