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Learn to Ski in One Day: These Resorts Teach You How

posted: 01/18/17
by: Katie Morton
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January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. This program first launched almost a decade ago in New England. Today, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is an international event, recognized by more than 300 ski resorts. During January, certain resorts offer drastically reduced lessons and gear rental to encourage newbies to try out this popular winter sport.

Catamount Snow Sports School

Details: Learn to Ski Program includes a 90-minute group lesson, all rental equipment, and lift ticket to the "Wonder Carpet" for new skiers ages 7+

Cost: $60 (weekday tickets), $80 (weekend and holiday tickets)

Location: Hillsdale, New York (in the Berkshires)

Catamount boasts a wide, gently sloping beginner's area, perfect for those finding their snow legs. One of the great challenges for a new skier is grasping the intricacies of getting on (and off!) the chair lift. Catamount has two "Wonder Carpet" lifts (think an airport's moving sidewalk set in snow) to help get newbies up the hill with confidence.

Even better, Catamount's Learn to Ski and Learn to Ride programs promise that you'll learn that day, or you'll get a second lesson for free. You can't beat that! For more details on Catamount's Learn to Ski Program, visit their website.

Wachusett

Details: Wachusett offers several discounted learn to ski packages for beginners.

Cost: $99 (One-Day Package), $199 (Three-Day Package)

Location: Westminster, MA

Wachusett offers a wide variety of customizable programs for beginners of all ages. Wachusett's Learn to Ski Beginner Pass includes a lesson, rental equipment, and Quad or Carpet Lift Tickets. If you'd like to spend more than one day learning the slopes, then a three-day pass is an even better value--three days of lessons, rental equipment, and lift tickets to more advanced ski lifts.

What if you're learning to ski with the kids? Wachusett is a popular family spot for Boston-area families, so your kids will feel right at home on the mountain. Polar Kids lessons are offered for ages 4-8, while Arctic Aces lessons teach kids aged 9-12. Prices vary depending on the child's age and the duration of the lesson.

One of the challenges faced by novice mountain warriors is learning the fine details of their first ski experience. Check out Wachusett's First Timer's Guide for detailed instructions on what to wear, where to get your rental equipment, and what to expect on the slopes.

Few things in life come with a guarantee, but Wachusett's ski conditions do. If today is not your day to learn the skills, then simply bring back your ticket during the first hour for a full credit toward another day.

Beaver Creek

Details: "Ivy League" of family-friendly ski schools set amidst a world-class resort

Cost: Price varies depending on whether you opt for beginner private lessons, group lessons, or family lessons.

Location: Beaver Creek, Colorado

Beaver Creek is one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in the West. Beaver Creek boasts a self-proclaimed "Ivy League" ski school and promotes daily, family-oriented activities, both on and off the mountain.

We should note that prices for West Coast ski lift tickets and instruction are often higher than their East Coast counterparts. That said, when it comes to Colorado skiing, you do get what you pay for. Beaver Creek's sheer size dwarfs most East Coast resorts, with 150 ski trails covered in that famous Colorado powder.

Beaver Creek lists a broad menu of group or private lessons, based on ability and age. Lessons teach participants about the basics of the sport, including proper use of equipment, how to stop, how to recover from a fall, how to make turns, and instruction on how to maneuver the chairlifts.

If you've never skied, this is the season to finally learn how to slalom down the slopes. Check out any one of these learn to ski programs, and by this time next year, you could be shredding the slopes like a pro.