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Ski lessons: Lake Tahoe Resorts celebrate Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

Learn new snowboarding and skiing tips for beginners and advanced riders alike

Tribune staff report

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort invite first-time guests to enjoy winter sports, along with intermediate and advanced participants to further elevate their skills through one of the many resorts' snowboard and ski lessons Lake Tahoe has.

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is a national initiative that encourages children and adults to establish a strong skiing or riding foundation by taking lessons with a professional instructor. It also challenges current skiers and snowboarders to improve their skills through instruction and coaching.

"Guests have access to some of the world's most accomplished instructors and coaches at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood," said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer at Heavenly Mountain Resort. "Winter sports are tremendous for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, enjoying breathtaking scenery and having fun with family and friends. We welcome guests of all ability levels to learn and to become lifelong participants."

LEARN AT HEAVENLY, NORTHSTAR, KIRKWOOD

At Heavenly, adults can jump into the sport with two Heavenly ski lessons for the price of one. The $179 package includes two consecutive days of half-day snowboarding or skiing 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.

If this is your first time skiing Lake Tahoe, Northstar lives up to its reputation as the best resort for families through its ski and snowboard programs for kids ages 3 through 12. Receive $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. Guests who reserve more than three consecutive days receive a commemorative gift bag and individualized concierge services.

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Kirkwood is host to the best terrain for learning how to ski in the Tahoe region. Throughout January, the resort offers first-time skiers and riders a 2.5-hour Learn to Ski and Snowboard lesson, which includes equipment rental and a beginner lift access ticket for just $89. This special package is for students ages 13 and older and can be reserved in advance by calling (530) 258-7754.

LODGING OFFERS THROUGHOUT JANUARY

First-time skiers and riders at Heavenly can take advantage of the 3rd Night Free at Heavenly promotion with the purchase of two nights of lodging. The deal is unavailable only for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend Jan. 16-19.

Mid-Winter Escape offers 20 percent nightly savings on lodging at Northstar — including studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom condominiums. Valid throughout Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with the exception of Jan. 16-18, Mid-Winter Escape offers flexibility to reserve any number of nights for any number of guests.

Stay and Ski mid-week and save up to 40 percent off a Kirkwood stay. With over 109 inches of snow to date, Kirkwood is 100 percent open with 2,300 acres of amazing terrain in mid-winter shape. Enjoy a mid-week break and save up to 40 percent on a mid-week getaway — the offer is valid until April 20.

BYPASS LIFT TICKET LINES WITH EPICDAY

Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood offer up to 25 percent savings on advanced purchase lift tickets this season via the new EpicDay Lift Tickets platform, now available across all Vail Resorts. Tickets can be purchased through an easy-to-use online and mobile site: http://www.snow.com/epicday.

Originally posted in the January 2, 2015, issue of the Tahoe Daily Tribune and regularly vetted for accuracy