Snow finally arrived to coastal British Columbia, allowing Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island to open mid-January. A few years ago, the resort revamped their beginner terrain, which is now in full operation. Easy Acres offers newcomers a prime learning experience to get up on skis or snowboards for the first time.

First timers can purchase a special one-day lesson package. It includes a Learning Zone lift ticket, rental equipment and a two-hour beginner lesson. The package costs $83 for the daytime package and $35 for the evening package. Daytime lessons are available three or four times daily while night lessons are only taught Thursdays through Sundays, plus holidays.

Family rates, covering six members, run $257 for day lesson packages and $108 for night lesson packages. The packages are available all season.

Participants can pre-book lessons with the snow school by calling 250-338-1386. They can also opt to continue in a follow-up program.