Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) is in full swing from coast to coast with large and smaller ski/snowboard resorts in 34 states hosting special programs for beginners.
For example, Mt Bachelor in Oregon, hosts the award-winning Learn to Ski or Ride in Five which includes five days of lifts, lessons and rentals for $199 - less than $40 per session. Montana's Showdown has a beginner package including a lift ticket, lesson and rental for $25.
In Pennsylvania, Ski Liberty, Roundtop and Whitetail feature the First Class Package that includes a lift ticket for the beginner area, equipment rentals and a "first-timer" lesson for $39 as does Camelback in Pennsylvania's Poconos region.
In Vermont, most resorts will be offering $29 beginner lessons for the month of January, excluding MLK weekend, and Lake Tahoe's Heavenly is doing a Bring a Friend drawing for a two-night vacation package. Anyone who introduces a friend or family member to skiing or snowboarding lessons during January can win. Northstar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Diamond Peak all have robust beginner programs in the Lake Tahoe region.
All Ski Utah resorts have a learning deal during January. So do selected resorts in Colorado and resorts throughout Michigan and New York are offering special deal through Discover Michigan and ISkiNY.
At Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, you will find links to learning programs throughout the U.S. that provide an opportunity for skiers and riders to take lessons at reduced rates or, in some cases, free of charge.
An added benefit to learning to ski or snowboard is that snowsports offers a way to get some winter outdoor exercise and burn calories. Research indicates that a 155 pound adult can burn 422 calories an hour skiing at a moderate speed and a 70 pound youth can burn almost 185 calories at a moderate speed. An adult between 110 - 200 pounds can burn between 250 - 630 calories per hour snowboarding.
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