Photo Credit: Carl Frey
Denver, Colo. – December 6, 2016 – January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month across America and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas and resorts are offering special promotions and programs to make it easier than ever for people to learn Colorado’s signature winter sports. Guests visiting CSCUSA member resorts in January will find package deals on rentals, lift tickets and professional instruction. Many ski areas will reward successful first-time participants with a complimentary season pass or discounted lift tickets.
With more terrain opening across Colorado throughout December and a small army of dedicated professional instructors ready to create lifelong skiers or snowboarders, January is the perfect time to hit the slopes for the first time or to introduce a friend or family member to Colorado Ski Country.
Below is a summary of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard activities and offerings at CSCUSA member ski areas.
Wolf Creek Ski Area
Camp Robbers Clinic for Kids
Wolf Creek Ski Area offers a variety of ski and snowboard packages to help introduce first timers to the sport. During January, Wolf Creek offers a four-week Camp Robbers clinic for kids. For $231 ($273 for non-Season Pass holders) lift tickets, ski rental, four hours of instruction, lunches and snacks are all included each week. Children will be grouped with the same children and instructor each week during the clinic. This class design encourages socialization and friendship over the four-week span. Mountain safety, fun races and a terrain garden are all featured in the program. For more information, visit http://www.wolfcreekski.com.
Winter Park Resort
Fast Track 5 Lesson
Colorado’s oldest Ski and Ride School has a pair of specials to celebrate Learn to Ski and Ride month. During January, first-timers receive 25 percent off of a Fast Track 5 lesson, a convenient half-day semi-private lesson that is limited to five students per instructor. The special is valid any Monday through Thursday in January, but must be booked online in advance. On Friday, January 6, Winter Park will join resorts from all over the country for the World’s Largest Lesson. Those wanting to participate can get 25 percent off a Fast Track 5 lesson on that day only, which also must be booked online in advance. Visit https://www.winterparkresort.com/plan-your-trip/lessons/ski-and-ride-schooland book your lesson today.
Learn to Ski/Ride for All Ages
Telluride’s Ski and Snowboard School combines one of the most comprehensive natural learning environments with some of the most qualified and experienced instructors in the world. The dedicated children’s instruction program makes is easy for parents to enjoy a day on the slopes while kids 2-14 years old develop a lifelong passion for the mountain. Visit http://www.tellurideskiresort.com/ski-school/ for more information.
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Learn to Shine at Sunlight
Sunlight's Learn to Shine 3-pack offers three days of lessons with a professional instructor including rentals and lift tickets, plus an additional 5 days of skiing and riding for just $395.
Photo Credit: DeAnna TreVizo
Skier Appreciation Day and Student/Teacher Appreciation Day
On January 6, Sunlight will once again become America's most affordable ski area for a day as part of its 30th Annual Skier Appreciation Day offering skiers and riders $20 lift tickets. All lift ticket proceeds are donated to the United Way of Garfield County. The event has raised more than $200,000 for local charities. Sunlight also hosts its annual Student/Teacher Appreciation Day on Sunday, January 10, with free lift tickets for teachers and $20 lift tickets for students. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.
January Learn to Ski/Ride Package
Steamboat’s Learn to Ski/Ride Package includes two days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for just $199 from January 9-31. Learn to Ski/Ride is available for adults and children ages 1st Grade and older. For more information, visit https://www.steamboat.com/plan-your-trip/lessons/snowsports-school/2-day-learn-to-ski-or-ride.
One, Two, Free Learn to Ski Package
Purgatory Snowsports School offers a special learn to ski and snowboard package starting at $74 that includes 2 days of lift tickets, rental gear and full day beginner lessons. On the third day, participants receive a free lift ticket, 50 percent off rental gear and 50 percent off a half-day lesson. Participants also receive a 50 percent off discount card on lift tickets, rentals and lessons for the remainder of the season. For more information, visit www.SkiPurg.com/LSSM.
Learn to Ski or Snowboard Series
Powderhorn’s Learn to Ski or Snowboard program is for first timer skiers aged 5 and older and Snowboarders aged 7 and older. The program includes three full-days of lessons, EZ rider lift tickets and rentals for $169. Upon completion, participants will receive a Graduate Card that entitles them to 50 percent off any additional lessons, rentals or lift tickets for the remainder of the winter season. Lessons are available Thursday-Sunday. Lesson times are 10:30 am to 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.
Half-Day Junior Deal
Monarch Mountain celebrates Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with affordable ski and ride packages at the Monarch Mountain Ski and Ride School. Pricing begins at $55 for a half-day junior (ages 7-12) group lesson. Visit www.skimonarch.com/group-lessons/ for details.
Loveland Ski Area
3-Class Pass For Children and Adults
Loveland Ski Area is offering its three-class pass lesson package, which includes a free season pass, for first timer adult and children ages 6-14. All first timer adults and children ages 6-14 that take three full lessons, starting with a Level 1 full day newcomer lesson package, receive a free season pass. For more information visit: http://skiloveland.com/rentals-lessons/3-class-pass/.
Eldora Mountain Resort
Lesson, Lift and Equipment Rental Package for Children and Adults
Eldora Mountain Resort is offering the Start with Woodward Children’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package for $159. The day package includes an all mountain lift ticket, all day rental and all day lesson with snacks and lunch. Eldora’s new innovative and progressive day lesson will inspire and motivate kids through body awareness, coordination and basic skill development. Reservations are recommended. Visit https://www.eldora.com/woodward/ for more information.
For adults, EMR is offering the Discover Adult Group Lesson for $149. The package includes one day of mountain lift access, all day equipment rental and a three and a half hour lesson. Visit https://www.eldora.com/lessons-rentals/adult-day-group-lessons/ for more information.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Adult First Time Beginner Adventure Lesson
During the month of January, first time skiers and riders ages 15 and older can sign up for a First Time Beginner Adventure lesson with the Crested Butte Ski and Ride School. This package includes a full-day ski or snowboard lesson, full day adult lift ticket (valid for limited lift access on the day of the lesson) and half off a single-day equipment rental package. This offer is available to first time skiers and riders only. Limit one lesson package per person. Advance reservation required. For more information, visit http://www.skicb.com/learn.
Three Lesson Package
Cooper’s First Timer Three Lesson Package is for those who are completely new to skiing and snowboarding and is available for adults ages 13 years and older. The package includes three two-hour group ski, telemark or snowboard lessons, rental equipment and access to Cooper’s Magic Carpet lift for $279 or $250 with advance online reservations. Lessons can be taken any time group lessons are offered during the season. For more information, visit http://skicooper.com/product/first-timer-3-lesson-package/.
Ski and Ride School University
Copper Mountain’s Ski and Ride University offers three lessons with lift tickets, equipment rentals, close in parking and lunch on the 2nd and 3rd day for just $249. After completing the 3rd lesson, graduates receive a free Copper Mountain season pass for the remainder of the season and 50 percent off next seasons’ pass. Those wanting to enroll in Ski and Ride University must purchase the product in person, be 18 years of age or older and new to skiing and snowboarding. All details can be found at CopperColorado.com/SRSU.
Buttermilk Deluxe Package
Join Aspen Snowmass for a special private lesson package on Buttermilk while they prepare for and host the Winter X Games Aspen. For $405, participating guests will receive a full-day private lesson and can bring up to four of their friends/family. Valid January 14 through February 3, 2017. Aspen will also participate in the world’s largest ski lesson at Buttermilk and Snowmass on January 6, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com.
First Timer Lessons
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s First Timer lessons are half-day only lessons for first time skiers and snowboarders. Adult (ages 15+) tickets are $70 and include the lesson and lift ticket. Equipment rentals are not included, but guests can find alpine ski and snowboard rentals on-site at the Arapahoe Basin rental shop. For a full list of available dates and more details visit http://arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/lessons/lssm.aspx.
*All information and photos are courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA
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