January 2014 is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) which is a program that provides a great opportunity to stay outdoors and learn snow sports through special offers at several resorts throughout the United States. LSSM encourages adults and kids to learn skiing and snowboarding by taking lessons from professional instructors. It also challenges current skiers and snowboarders to improve their skills through lessons.
Beginner skiers and snowboarders can learn essential skills such as tips on how to get started, where to go, and how to dress properly for being on the mountain, among other things, by going to SkiAndSnowboardMonth.org. The LSSM program will help build confidence during the first experience on a snowboard or a pair of skis.
During the month of December 2013 through March 7, 2014, experienced skiers and snowboarders have the opportunity to get involved with the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month’s official Bring a Friend Challenge. During this challenge, the experienced skier and snowboarder are invited to bring a friend or family member to a ski/snowboard area and help the newcomer sign up for a lesson taught by a professional instructor. In doing so, the individual who invited the friend/family member will be entered to win product and trip prizes.
More than 300 resorts in 33 states now offer special learning programs during the month of January. When LSSM began back in 2009 in a handful of states, 20,000 children and adults took lessons through the initiative. It has grown exponentially since then as more than 153,000 took lessons last January. There are states that even offer learning programs for cross country skiing and snowshoeing as part of the initiative.
To give you an idea of what is offered during LSSM, Utah locals are offered two-hour lessons, four days during the month (lessons can be in the morning or afternoon and does not include holidays) for a total of $249 at Alta Ski Resort. The fee pays for lift passes, rental and discounted lunch.
Also, the Ski Utah Fifth Grade Passport allows kids to ski or snowboard three days FREE* (*$30 processing fee; $40 after January 31, 2014) at each of Utah’s 14 resorts. It also includes special deals on equipment rentals and other activities. The Sixth Grade Passport allows kids to ski or snowboard one time FREE* at each of Utah’s 14 resorts.
If you’ve wanted to learn how to ski or snowboard but just weren’t sure if you had enough motivation to try it out or if it would be affordable, now’s the time to take advantage of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month starting in January 2014. It’s a great opportunity for anyone wanting to get on those snowy peaks with the right knowledge and skill. So get out on the snow, invite your friends, and have a fantastic and safe ski/snowboarding season!
For more information on programs in your area, visit www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org.