January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and with pricing and program types as constant barriers to would-be skiers and riders, Colorado ski resorts have rolled out their largest promotions ever to attract new students. Here's just a sampling of offerings for new skiers and riders, with a wide price range and program type.
For Bargain Hunters
Wolf Creek is offering First and Second Day Beginner Packages. The First Day package ($60 for skiers, $66 for snowboarders) includes an all-day lift ticket to the Nova Lift and four hours of professional instruction (from 10am to noon, and from 1pm to 3pm) for new skiers and snowboarders ages 9 and up. The Second Day package ($70 for skiers and snowboarders) includes an all-day lift ticket to the Nova and Raven Lifts plus two hours of professional instruction. This package is designed as a follow-up to the 1st Day Beginner Package, although the 1st Day package is not a prerequisite. For skiers and snowboarders ages 13 and up. Prices quoted for the First and Second Day packages do not include equipment rental. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com.
For Learning as a Family
Winter Park’s Family Easy Start Learning by the Winter Park Ski + Ride School offers a great program that allows families to learn together, creating shared memories for one all-inclusive price. For $679 for a half-day or $859 for a full day, a family of four gets four lift tickets, four equipment rentals, a private instructor, and access to all the amenities of the Private Lesson Center, including lockers, equipment storage, and lounge. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Aspen/Snowmass is offering a pair of programs that cover all ages. The Beginner’s Magic For Adult Skiers And Snowboarders, available at Snowmass and Buttermilk every day, is best for adults who are first time beginners or who are only comfortable on beginner terrain. Lessons start at $199 inclusive of lift ticket, equipment rental, and full-day lesson when booked at least seven days in advance.
Kid and teens will learn by exploring the mountain, trying new skills, terrain and snow conditions based on appropriate skill development, and experience the thrill of the pipe and park and/or race course with expert coaches. Available at Snowmass and Buttermilk every day, kids will be in groups with other kids or teens of similar ages. Lessons start at $111 for a full-day lesson when booked at least seven days in advance. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/schools.