It will cost you less to play in the snow in January. Nearly 100 top ski and snowboard resorts in 34 states are offering free or discounted ski and snowboard lessons during the annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
The theme of the 2011 program is “Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate’. The overall theme theme for this national effort is to get children and adults outside this winter for fun and exercise on snow. The program ambassadors are Olympic Gold medal winner Bode Miller and ski icon Glenn Plake.
The National Ski Areas Association reports there were between ten and 12 million skiers and riders in the U.S. last year, and just under 60 million visits to ski resorts for skiing and snowboarding. And this season could be even better, considering the bounty of champagne powder that resorts received early in the season.
Virtually every resort in the United States is offering some kind of package for Learn to Ski or Snowboard month. See the next page for state-by-state highlights, from New England to the Rockies and Sierras: