[R173R, Hidden Valley Resort] in Penn., has created new ski and snowboard instruction packages which are family-oriented and designed with concierge service for all levels from beginner to expert, said Robert Kuban, director of the area's Wintersports U.

"Our intention is to develop programs that offer exceptional guest services such as preferred parking and guidance through the rental shop to assure proper fit and equipment for each individual's needs," Kuban said.  "We will accompany these services with professional instruction and personal attention to help people of all ages and abilities gain a love for the mountain and winter sports."

Kuban said programs include the Alpine Life Package and the Very Important Family Program.

Alpine Life is designed for the entire family as a customized learn to ski or snowboard program for overnight guests.

Kuban said, "When you arrive at the lodge, you will enjoy preferred parking and meet your personal Wintersports University associate who will then guide you through all of the steps from the rental shop to placing your kids in the age appropriate program to getting you to your private lesson.  This exclusive package includes six hours of instruction over two days for adults and two days for children in one of our exceptional youth programs including Lil Rippers, Rippers or Freeriders, depending on their age."

Very Important Family is for families that would like to learn to ski or snowboard together.

"To anyone planning their first experience on the slopes, VIF will eliminate the worries and concerns that families have on their initial ski trip. The package includes concierge treatment from your preferred parking spot through the rental shop and to the slopes, use of the latest equipment, two hours of private instruction and a ski ticket that allows you to explore the mountain," Kuban said.