Learn how to ski: Deals offered for beginner skiers and snowboarders in January
Lake Tahoe snowboarding lessons among the offerings for learn to ski and snowboard month
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month deals At Lake Tahoe
Boreal Mountain Resort
Boreal Mountain Resort continues its Take 3, Ride FREE program. Those who purchase a lessons package online will receive a 2014-2015 Boreal Unlimited Season Pass after completing three lessons.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Diamond Peak will host its own Learn to Ski & Ride week Jan. 12-16. The $39 Learn to Ski & Ride package offered all week includes a beginner lift ticket, rental equipment and a lesson of one hour and 45 minutes for ages 7 and up and a two-hour lesson for ages 4 to 7. Lessons are offered twice daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Heavenly offers a $179 package that includes two consecutive days of half-day skiing or snowboarding lessons, limited access lift tickets and rental equipment. Half-day lessons are available at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. This package is available with advanced purchase by calling 530-542-6904.
Homewood Mountain Resort
Homewood’s adult Learn to Ski/Ride packages includes a lift ticket, rentals and lesson for $49. Purchase online the day before hitting the slopes to receive this rate. This package is available Sunday-Friday.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Throughout January, Kirkwood offers first-time skiers and riders a 2.5-hour Learn to Ski/Snowboard lesson, which includes equipment rental and a beginner lift access ticket for $89. This package is for students ages 13 and older and can be reserved in advance by calling 530-258-7754.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
The beginning programs include a two-hour lesson, equipment rental and all-day lift ticket for $97 at the window ($92 online).
Northstar offers $20 savings per day with advanced reservations of three consecutive days of kids’ group lessons, Kids’ Ultimate 4 semi-private instruction (maximum of four students per class) or children’s snowboard instruction at the world’s only Burton Academy.
For first time skiers and riders, Sierra offers a $45 online beginners package. The package includes a two-and-a-half-hour lesson, rentals and lift ticket.
Sugar Bowl Resort
For the entire month of January, Sugar Bowl Resort will offer its terrain-based learning lessons at a discount of $30. The $59 Learn to Ski and Ride package includes a comprehensive two-hour lesson, equipment rental and a limited lift ticket for use on White Pine and Flume chairlifts.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Alpine Meadows offers a $49 Learn to Ski & Ride special Monday through Friday, January 5-30. This first-time lesson package for ages 13+ includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a two-and-a-half hour beginner lesson offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily.
Tahoe Donner Ski Area
Both Tahoe Donner’s cross-country and downhill ski areas will offer a two-for-one package Jan. 5-9 and Jan. 12-16. For $81, two people can learn to ski with a one-hour private lesson, all-day trail pass or lift ticket and rentals. Individual packages are available for ages 7+ at $39, which includes an all-day lift ticket, rental equipment, and a group lesson of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to ski or snowboard, January may be just the month to do it.
Numerous Lake Tahoe resorts have joined ski areas around the country in offering deals to those looking to start skiing or snowboarding as part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
The seventh annual initiative takes place throughout January and encourages people to take up skiing and snowboarding through discounted lessons with professional instructors.
“It’s an opportunity to share these sports, why we love Tahoe,” said Northstar California spokeswoman Rachael Woods.
Taking a lesson with a certified instructor to learn skiing tips for beginners is a good way to get off on the right foot when approaching the unfamiliar territory of the mountains, she added.
“As a beginner there are so many opportunities to have those moments of discovery,” Woods said.
Overcoming the price barrier is also part of the initiative, which is organized by the National Ski Areas Association and the Professional Ski Instructors of America-American, among other ski industry groups.
“Cost and convenience often are top of mind for people considering taking up skiing or snowboarding,” said Mary Jo Tarallo, executive director for the initiative, in a statement. “Like anything else, making the sports affordable and accessible requires a little research and smart shopping.”
Having someone to watch out for you when you’re learning how to take your first ski curve isn’t a bad idea either, said Ashley Quadros, spokeswoman for Tahoe Donner.
“One of the most important reasons beginners should take a lesson is safety,” Quadros said in an email. “Lessons teach skiers proper technique — how to stop, how to turn, how to balance, etc. Without lessons, someone new to skiing or snowboarding could be more at risk for injury. In addition to safety, lessons will help newcomers enjoy the sport more. Learning the basics can feel challenging on your own, but once you master them with a group or private lesson, the sport is more fun and enjoyable.”
Diamond Peak Ski Resort spokeswoman Jaclyn Ream agreed, saying taking lessons from an instructor will lay a solid foundation and allow skiers and snowboarders to progress quicker. Progressing faster on the cheap is a big part of what Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is all about.
“We definitely want to make it more affordable and get more people on the hill,” Ream said. “…and hope they fall in love.”
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month’s website, http://www.learntoskiandsnowboard.org, includes learning offers, as well as a list of snow sports retail shops and tips for newcomers. If you’re looking for ski or snowboarding lessons Tahoe resorts are offering, the website can help direct you.
Originally published in the October 8, 2015, issue of the Tahoe Daily Tribune and regularly vetted for accuracy.
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