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Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

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About Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Ski areas across the country are offering deals designed to get new skiers and snowboarders on the slopes and to help veterans improve their technique during the winter ski season. Downhill and crosscountry ski resorts within 100 miles of Reno are offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, giving you incentives to try a new sport.

If you aren't so sure about snowboarding and skiing, many of these same resorts offer snowshoeing areas and snow play parks for tubing and sledding.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Diamond Peak has a big Ski and Snowboard School (ages 7 and up) offers a variety of learn to ski and learn to snowboard programs, packages, and clinics for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skiers and riders. Arrive at least an hour before the lesson start time. For more information, call (775) 832-1177.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose has beginner packages for both skiing and snowboarding. First timer packages are for those 10 and older and include a lift ticket for dedicated beginner lifts, rental equipment for the day, and a 2 hour group lesson. Morning lessons begin at 10 a.m., afternoon lessons begin at 1 p.m. Check out the website as there are other lessons and packages available.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Learning to ski on Sierra Nevada slopes. Photo © Stan White

Tahoe Donner Ski Area

January 6 to 9 and 13 to 16, 2020. Never skied before? Tahoe Donner Downhill will be celebrating Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with beginner ski or snowboard packages at only $39. These packages are only for first timers and include an all-day lift ticket, rental equipment, and a 1.75 hour group lesson for ages 7 and up.

Northstar California

Northstar offers a variety of lesson options for first-timers, as well as guides that can be paired with seasoned skiers and snowboarders. Private lessons include lift lane privileges for quick access to the slopes, undivided one-on-one attention or the option to share with up to six guests, and customizable experiences based on skier level and desired terrain. Ultimate 4 lessons provide students with more one-on-one instruction and group lessons are a fun way to build confidence.

Boreal Mountain Resort

Boreal Mountain Resort continues to offer one of the best beginner programs around: "Take 3, Ride FREE." Before heading up to the resort, purchase a lessons package online. On their fourth visit, riders or skiers will be rewarded with a free Boreal season pass.

Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows

The ski and snowboard programs at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer an extensive variety for every level of skier, from beginner to advanced. They include classes for rank beginners to advanced experts, from little kids to grownups. Whatever your skill and style, get the most out of Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows with a ski or snowboard program picked just for you. 1-800-403-0206.

Homewood Mountain Resort

Homewood offers learn to ski or ride packages tailored for those who have never skied or snowboarded before. Homewood has stunning views of Lake Tahoe and offers adult Learn to Ski/Ride packages inclusive of a lift ticket, rentals and half-day lesson for $79.

Sugar Bowl

The First Time Package (ski or snowboard) provides what you will need to get started all in one convenient bundle for $99. Included are equipment rental, half day group lesson and beginner lift ticket.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood offers group and private lessons for kids, teens and adults, both for skis and snowboards. There's quite a variety from which to choose - use the Filter Lessons feature to zero in on what you would like to do.

Granlibakken Tahoe

This small resort is great for families looking for an authentic introduction to winter sports. There are both private and group lessons that include lift tickets. All lift tickets come with free all-day sledding with sled included. (530) 583-4242.

Boreal Mountain California

Boreal boasts a host of lessons and rentals, including for adults, kids, groups and private. With Take 3, Ride Free, you get a free Boreal season pass if you take at least 3 lessons. (530) 426–3666.

Cross Country Ski Areas

Royal Gorge Cross-Country

Professional instructors are available to help you learn and get you on the trail quickly and safely. Group and private lessons are available for classic and skate skiing activities. Adult, youth and children's packages are available.

Kirkwood Cross Country & Snowshoe Center

Ski lessons, coaching sessions and tours avaliable daily for adult, junior and child. All packages include a lesson or a guided tour. Private and group lessons available. (209) 258-7248.

Northstar California Cross Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center

Group and private lessons are available for both adults and kids. Bring your own gear, or rent top-of-the-line equipment. Take your experience to the next level by booking a tour with a private guide to see the best trails and breathtaking views. (530) 562-3270.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Area

We offer private lessons, child group and adult group lessons for the beginner and improving skier. We suggest booking private lessons and attending our special clinics if you're an intermediate through advanced skier. (530) 587-9484.

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area

Learn the basics of safely gliding, turning, and stopping in a supportive group atmosphere. Our group lesson packages include a 1-hour group lesson, equipment rental, and trail pass. Lessons available for youth through seniors. (530) 583-5475.

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