Colorado resorts want you to give skiing and snowboarding a try. Learn tips from a professional so you can enjoy the sport forever. January is a good month to do it, and most resorts are offering some sort of beginner package to get you on the snow and make sure you have fun.

Some resorts make a guarantee that you'll be skiing blue runs within days. An [R20R, Arapahoe] spokesperson said, "We guarantee you'll be skiing or riding on intermediate blue terrain by the third lesson or we will provide you with more lessons until you do, at no extra cost"

[R240R, Monarch Mountain] guarantees, "Our professional, patient, friendly instructors will have you turning, stopping, and even riding our beginner chairlift by the end of your first four-hour group clinic. If you don't make it to a chairlift after four hours, your next lesson is on us." The Monarch beginner package is for lesson, lift ticket, and rentals at a cost of $133. Kids ages 7-12 get a pizza party.

[R220R, Loveland] has a deal that includes a season pass. The 3-Class pass is for those who have never tried the sport. Sign up for three ski or snowboarding lesson packages, starting with a newcomer lesson package. Packages include lesson, lift ticket, and rentals. Adult lessons are half-day, while kid packages are full-day with lunch. Once completed, you are eligible for a free season pass at Loveland.

[R372R, Ski Cooper] near Leadville has a similar program where you pay as you go. After three lessons, you can get a Ski Cooper season pass.

[R143R, Eldora] offers First-Timer packages for $99. It includes lessons, rentals, and a Little Hawk Mountain lift ticket. Kids get lunch in their package.

More Information 

Call Loveland Ski & Ride School at 303-571-5580, ext. 170. Call Eldora at 303-440-8700.