Oregon ski and snowboard resorts plan to give away 10 season passes in February. The promotion, part of the Learn a Snow Sport Month program, is designed to bring new skiers and snowboarders to the slopes. The resorts are offering discounted learning packages to get beginners sliding, too.

Oregon's Governor Ted Kulongowski declared January the state's official Learn a Snowsport Month, and 10 of the state's ski and snowboard resorts have joined in the promotion. [R1385R, Cooper Spur], [R180R, Hoodoo], [R265R, Mt. Bachelor], [R274R, Mt. Hood Meadows], [R275R, Mt. Hood Skibowl], [R16R, Anthony Lakes], [R502R, Willamette Pass], [R470R, Timberline], [R1672R, Spout Springs], and [R264R, Mt. Ashland] are each offering a season pass drawing and learn to ski or ride programs.

Current skiers and snowboarders who introduce a new skier or rider to the sport can be eligible to win a season pass for next winter. Sign-up postcards for the season pass giveaway are available at participating rental shops or online.

Here's how the drawing works. You get a new skier or rider into a learn to ski or ride program in January at one of Oregon's 10 participating resorts; then you are eligible to win a season pass to that resort. One winner will be chosen from each participating ski area by Feb. 15.

Oregon's 10 resorts are offering learn to ski and ride packages. Mt. Bachelor, for instance, designed a new Ski or Ride in 5 program, which offers five beginner lessons with lift tickets and rentals for $199. Extra perks for the new skiers or riders enrolled include free skiing for the remainder of this winter and discounts on next year's season passes. Mt. Hood Meadows is offering a 3-Time Passport, which includes lesson, lift, and rentals, for $99.

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