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Kids learn to ski in lessons at Grand Targhee Resort.

Resorts across the West and Rocky Mountains are joining forces Jan. 8, 2016, to create the world’s biggest ski and snowboard lesson. It’s all part of January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, when first timers can get specials deals on lessons.

From Alaska to New Mexico, resorts across the West are aiming to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest ski and snowboard lesson. The lessons take place at 10 a.m. on Jan. 8. Across the country, more than 160 resorts are planning to participate. Given the time zone difference, it’ll be a rolling lesson that starts in the East first before reaching the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast.

Most of the world’s biggest lesson and January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month deals make it easy for first timers by combining a lesson, tickets and rental gear into one package. First timer lessons tend to last 90 minutes, but some resorts offer beginners a two-hour lesson.

A young skier has learned the basics at Mammoth.

A young skier has learned the basics at Mammoth.

Rates vary by resorts. Some are single-day packages while others are packages for three or more days. Participants in the world’s biggest ski and snowboard lesson will eligible for prizes that include a pair of skis, a snowboard or other gear.

Where is the world’s biggest lesson being held? Check out which resorts across the West are hosting the lesson on Jan. 8 and beginner programs throughout the month of January.

California and Nevada have the largest contingency of West Coast resorts participating in the world’s biggest lesson. Find the lesson at Mt. Shasta, Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Tahoe Donner, Northstar, Diamond Peak, Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Kirkwood, June Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, Heavenly, Mountain High, Snow Valley, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Washington has Bluewood, Stevens Pass, Summit at Snoqualmie, Mission Ridge, Mt. Spokane, 49 Degrees North and White Pass participating in the lesson program. In Alaska, the lesson is being offered at Alyeska Resort and Eaglecrest. In Oregon, Mt. Hood Meadow, Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Ashland are hosting the lesson.

A group of skiers gets instruction from a professional at Sugar Bowl

A group of skiers gets instruction from a professional at Sugar Bowl

Find the world’s biggest lesson in the Rocky Mountains at several resorts. Showdown represents the only ski area participating in Montana, and Grand Targhee is the only ski resort participating in Wyoming. But Idaho has four resorts: Schweitzer, Lookout Mountain, Silver Mountain and Bald Mountain. In Utah, Snowbird and Snowbasin are hosting the lesson.Ski Apache is the only resort participating in New Mexico. 

Beginners who miss the world’s biggest lesson on Jan. 8 can still take advantage of January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. These same resorts offer special lesson deals and packages throughout January. Check with the resorts listed above for lesson schedules and prices.

A young skier has learned the basics at Mammoth. - ©Peter Morning

A young skier has learned the basics at Mammoth.

Copyright: Peter Morning

Those just starting up skiing and snowboarding can find other resources to answer questions in forums for beginners:

 
First timer lesson participants should plan to arrive at the resort at least one hour before the lesson in order to have time to sign up, get fitted for rentals and meet at the specific location. Most resorts make learning easier for first timers with conveyor carpets rather than chairlifts.

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