January is the Best Time to Learn to Ski and Snowboard

Never skied before? Don’t let that stop you. Are you a skier who would like to try riding? January is the perfect time to learn a new snow sport because it’s National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month all across the nation. This month kicks off is a special time in the season when many ski resorts and others in the ski industry ban together to present you with their best learn-to-ski-and-snowboard programs and packages. These special programs make it easy affordable and fun for newbies to try something new.

Photo Courtesy: Aspen Snowmass
Photo Courtesy: Aspen Snowmass

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) started in 2009 with a few resorts. Now, hundreds of resorts across the nation offer special programming specifically designed for those who have never strapped on a pair of ski or snowboard boots. Since its humble beginnings, more than half a million skiers and riders have taken their first lessons with learning programs offered in January.

The best thing about LSSM is that learning doesn’t stop in January. Although many packages kickoff in January, some of the lessons are available to use all season long and you get a lot for a little investment. Lesson packages range from a couple of hours to a few days, private to group lessons for all ages and many ability levels. Most programs include lessons, lift tickets, rentals, and some children’s programs include lunch. Current skiers and snowboarders can try a new sport, or expand their expertise with advanced lessons.

Copper Mountain in Colorado offers a free season pass for adults upon completion of their Ski and Ride School U. Shawnee Mountain in PA offers a Learn to Ski or Snowboard package in January for only $65 that includes lift access, rentals, and a group lesson for first timers. Ski areas in Vermont like Killington, Stowe, Stratton and Mount Snow offer the same beginner packages for less than $30 per day.  Many of the Utah ski resorts such as Alta, Brian Head, Park City, Canyons and more have rolled out programs that start at $45.  Some resorts also include cross country, telemark skiing and snowshoeing in their beginner lesson programming for experienced skiers looking to try something different.

The best way to take advantage of these programs is to first check with your preferred ski area, or visit the National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Website at skiandsnowboardmonth.org and search for the location and lessons that are the best match. You can also check with your regional ski association to inquire about programs in your state.  After you’ve booked your packages at your favorite destination, keep the savings going on lodging, transportation, food and apres activities by searching the deals on this site or by using the Ski Coupons App at your destination.

Skiing and snowboarding is a lot of fun when you get a hang of it, and can be a lot of fun to learn if approach it the right way. There are no more excuses, now is the time to strap on those boots and hit the hill!