Youngsters who want a taste of skiing or snowboarding should get it, but the cost of taking lessons at a resort can be challenging for a family on a budget.

Ski New Mexico, a trade association, and Albuquerque TV station KOAT TV-7 have stepped up for youngsters from the Land of Enchantment to give them an even better shot at experiencing the thrill of sliding down a mountain. The state's Learn to Ski and Ride Program will expand beyond weekend lesson to some weekdays during the winter season, according to Ski New Mexico.

A cost of $30 will get any young New Mexican age 6-12 a day's lesson and ticket at [R14R, Angel Fire Resort], [R309R, Pajarito Mountain], [R337R, Red River Ski Area], [R346R, Ski Santa Fe], [R345R, Sandia Peak], [R367R, Ski Apache], [R366R, Sipapu Ski Resort], [R454R, Taos Ski Valley], and the Nordic area Enchanted Forest near Red River. A parent or guardian should check directly with the resort to learn the dates when the lessons will be given. A reservation for the program is required.

Resorts in Utah have a similar program. Many ski areas across the country have special low-cost programs to get youngsters skiing and riding.

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