Adventure — 06 December 2016
Learning to Ski or Snowboard is Easy and Affordable at Ski Areas Across the State.

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.

Here are some “Learn to Ski and Snowboard” options at CSCUSA member ski areas:

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% 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% off a Fast Track 5 lesson on that day only, which also must be booked online in advance. Book your lesson today.

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.

January Learn to Ski/Ride Package
Steamboat’s Learn to Ski/Ride Package includes 2 days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for just $199 from January 9-31. Learn to Ski/Ride is available for adults (and also children ages 1st Grade and older). Learn more.

Purgatory Resort
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% off rental gear and 50% off a half-day lesson. Participants also receive a 50% off discount card on lift tickets, rentals and lessons for the remainder of the season. Learn more.

Loveland Ski Area
3-Class Pass for Adults (and children)
Loveland Ski Area is offering its 3-class pass lesson package, which includes a free season pass, for first timer adult and children ages 6-14. All first timers that take 3 full lessons, starting with a Level 1 full day newcomer lesson package, receive a free season pass. Learn more.

Eldora Mountain Resort
Lesson, Lift and Equipment Rental Package
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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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 and children age 13 years and older. The package includes 3 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. Learn more.

Copper Mountain
Ski and Ride School University for Adults
Copper Mountain’s Ski and Ride University offers 3 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% off next season’s 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. Learn more.

Aspen Snowmass
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 4 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. Learn more.

Arapahoe Basin
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. Review the full list of available dates and more details.

More Information…

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing Colorado’s 22 ski & snowboard resorts. To learn more visit

– Text & image courtesy CSCUSA


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