January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month all across the country, and New England resorts are all in. If you or a friend have thought about trying to learn skiing or riding but were deterred by expense or just the uncertainty of how to go about it, then this is the month to take that first step.
Resorts throughout the region are offering special packages making it easy, and affordable, for newbies to make their first turns in a comfortable, nurturing environment. We’ve all heard horror stories of friends taking first-time skiers to the top of the mountain and saying “point ’em down and see you at the bottom.”
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month aims to avoid that scenario and provide a safe, nonthreatening introduction to skiing and riding so participants will turn their first experience into a lifelong activity that can be shared with friends and family and perhaps change their whole outlook on winter.
In Vermont the majority of resorts are offering a $49 package, in January, for newcomers to snowsports that includes a beginner lesson from a professional ski or snowboard instructor, all the rental equipment you need and a lift ticket to the area’s beginner terrain. This provides the learner with the basics he or she needs to continue with confidence, or better yet, the knowledge that continuing with a few more lessons is the best way to reach a level of enjoyment that will make their winter a time to cherish, not dread.