January is the month to explore winter snowsports. Between the annual Winter Trails Day and the annual January Learn to Ski & Snowboard month, you can get free or greatly reduced price lessons for downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snow shoeing at resorts across the country.
If you want to sample downhill skiing or snowboarding visit Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Here, you'll find links to plenty of learn-to deals for first-time and novice downhill ski and snowboard lessons.
Skis.com and sister site Snowboards.com, online snow sports specialty retailers based in Michigan, is offering a $50 gift certificate to any newcomer who takes a ski or snowboard lesson during January and sends in a receipt. The offer is part of the retailer's involvement in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Details about the gift certificates will be posted on the Skis.com and Snowboards.com sites on or before January 1, 2014.
In New Hampshire there's a Learn to Ski & Snowboard Free Week from January 11-17, 2014. First-time downhill skiers & snowboarders receive a free learn to ski or snowboard lesson, free equipment rentals & a free beginner terrain lift ticket. First-time cross country skiers receive a free learn to ski lesson, free equipment rentals & a free trail pass. Participants must register with Ski NH to download a Learn to Ski & Ride Free coupon, then make a reservation with one of our participating resorts. Space is limited, so register early. Registration at Ski New Hampshire will begin on January 2, 2014.
Ski Vermont is offering a $29 lift, lesson, rentals package at nearly all resorts that are members of the association. The offer is good throughout the month and additional details can be found at Ski Vermont.
Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts will be highlighting their Learn to Ski and Snowboard opportunities at ColoradoSki.com. Four independent resorts in Colorado - Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Vail - are also offering special learning programs through Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Breckenridge has a three-day beginner series for new skiers and snowboarders. Vail and Beaver Creek also have three-day group lesson packages for skiers and for snowboarders. For more information about all these resorts visit Snow.com.
Utah's ski resorts will all provide learn to ski and snowboard offers. Many of the packages include a lesson, rental and lift ticket for far less than it costs the rest of the winter. Ski Utah for more information about skiing in Utah.
In California, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are rolling out special 2-for-1 deals Jan. 6-12 on four specialty clinics: Women of Winter, Adventure 55, Jibs and Jumps and All-Mountain Excursions. Participants can bring a friend or family member and receive two specialty clinic passes for the price of one, offering a savings of nearly $50. At Heavenly, during Learn to Ski Month you can stay four nights for the price of three and take three days of lessons for the price of two days, including rentals and lift tickets. Prices start as low as $386* per person for lodging, lift, rentals and lessons!
Winter Trails Day for Free Outdoor Adventures
During the 17th annual Winter Trails Day, January 11 2014, approximately 100 ski areas across the country offer free cross country skiing and free snowshoe lessons. On the Web site, you'll find a list of resorts, how to register, and the types of clothing suggested to wear when sampling these sports. Choices range from Kirkwood XC Area and Snowshoe Center in California, to Keystone Resort and Devils Thumb Ranch in Colorado, to Bolton Valley and Smugglers Notch in Vermont. Some of the areas also offer guided nature hikes on Winter Trails Day.
Winter Feels Good Web Site Gateway to Outdoor Adventures
The Winter Feels Good Web site is another gateway if you want to enjoy outdoor adventures in the wintertime. Here, you can find the Learn-a-Sport Tool Kit, which tells parents how to clothe, prep to enjoy, and take elementary-school kids snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The Winter Feel Good site also links you to the Snowmonsters, a popular website for kids who enjoy snowsports, and gives you access to purchasing such CDs as "Learn to Freeride" or the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association CDs with training method used for national teams.