Winter in New England without some sort of outdoor activity can be dull. Give skiing a shot by taking advantage of a $29 all-inclusive Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month special deal at New Hampshire’s ski areas this month.
Skiing and Boarding, it’s about fun and movement
Ski magazines and the ski press seem to me to make too much of ski racing, crazy maneuvers on half-pipes and Warren Miller crazy jumps from sheer cliffs. That’s fine for some but it isn’t what most people are after when they snap on their skis or boards. Skiing is about motion, feeling your own movement, at whatever speed you are comfortable with, and relishing the wonderful sense of freedom of movement. Perhaps it has to do with the mastery of gravity, the ability to use it for motion, but whatever that reason is, skiing is pure, unadulterated, fun. But the best way to start the sport is with professional lessons. Some of these ski resorts teach the new Terrain Based Learning technique which makes learning to ski easy and fun.
Special try it out deals
Thirteen alpine and cross country ski areas in New Hampshire are helping to celebrate national Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month in January with deals that are real bargains. The cost of a special Learn to Ski and Snowboard pass is a mere $29 for Alpine (downhill) resorts and $19 for Nordic (cross-country) resorts.
These passes include first-time skier lessons, a lift pass and equipment rentals. That is all you will need except, perhaps, lunch and a hot cocoa. You owe it to yourself to take advantage of this offer. Either do it by yourself, with family or with a group of friends but by all means do it. Forget the glamour, just do it for yourself and the sheer joy of it.
- Alpine Resorts: The following alpine resorts are offering this special package: Black Mountain (Jackson), Bretton Woods (Bretton Woods-Route 302), Cannon Mountain (Franconia-off I-93), Cranmore Mountain Resort (North Conway), Dartmouth Skiway (Lyme north of Hanover), Granite Gorge Ski Area (Keene-Rte 9 east), Gunstock Mountain Resort (Gilford), King Pine Ski Area (Madison-off Rte 16), Loon Mountain (Lincoln), Mount Sunapee (Sunapee), Pats Peak (Henniker), Ragged Mountain Resort (Danbury) and Waterville Valley (Waterville Valley off I-93)
- Nordic Resorts: Bretton Woods XC (Bretton Woods-Rte 302), Granite Gorge XC (Keene-Rte 9 east), Great Glen Trails (Pinkham Notch-Rte16 north of Glen), Gunstock XC (Gilford), Jackson Ski Touring (Jackson), Loon Mountain XC (Lincoln), and Windblown XC (New Ipswich).
Reserve in advance
You must reserve with the resort that you are interested in prior to showing up to ski. The Ski New Hampshire website is a good place to begin. This Learn to Ski Month program is being coordinated by Ski New Hampshire, an organization of ski areas in the state that includes almost all of the major players. For further information on the Learn to Ski Month program check out their website where you can get the website information for each resort and find the contact phone number for reservations. Have a blast and welcome to the wonderful world of winter sport.