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Beginner time in Tahoe

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A press release from Connie Anderson of the Abbi Agency for North Lake Tahoe, on January 3, touted the all out effort of the ski resorts to get beginners onto the slopes in Tahoe. Here's the scoop for beginners:

Homewood loves beginners all season long. To get started during January, a lift ticket, rentals and lesson are available for $49, online the day before hitting the slopes. The package will save you $40, and is available Sunday-Friday. Homewood also offers free intermediate and advanced lessons at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.

Sugar Bowl has a very good Learn to Ski and Ride Development program. The cost is for $89-$99 for a full day event that operates on both sides of the mountain, even on holidays. Student instructor ratio? 3:1. Sweet.

Boreal has a Take 3, Ride FREE program that’s hard to pass up. Three lessons between Jan. 6 and Feb. 14 will get you a free season pass. You have to book this $129 package online only. They provide rental equipment for each 90-minute lesson with a professional instructor.

During the week of Jan. 13-17, Diamond Peak wants you to come on up and play on their slopes. First Time Beginner and Beginner Group Lesson Packages will cost $39. That includes a lesson, rental equipment and an all day beginner lift ticket. The one-hour 45-minute lessons are for everyone age four and up who are true beginners, with less than two days on the slopes.

Beginners at the Tahoe-Donner Downhill Ski Area will love this uncrowded family friendly resort. First time on the hill? You can book an all day lift ticket, rentals and two-hour group lesson for $39 Jan. 6-10 and 13-16. A little kick and glide may be what you'd prefer, and the Cross Country Ski Center also features Learn to Ski packages for those looking to try cross-country skiing.

Learn to ski or snowboard at Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from January 14-30. $49 will get beginners a beginner lift ticket, rentals and lessons for adults and kids age 3+.

The Granlibakken ski hill is just a wonderful place to ski and play. They have a very fine ski school for first-timers and those looking for improvement on the snow.

Aspiring skiers and boarders looking for deals all season long should head to Mt. Rose. An $89 First Timer Package includes a two-hour lesson, beginner lift ticket and rental equipment. Not only do you get to have a great day on the snow, the views are spectacular at the Rose.

How about free? Tahoe XC provides free introductory and intermediate skate skiing lessons and introductory cross-country lessons. Pick up a free child trail pass or for adults, the trail pass is $24. The rental shop has the latest and greatest for only $20. Free lessons spread throughout the week.

If you've ever wanted to learn to ski or board, now is a great time to check it out at one of the fine resorts in Tahoe.

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