Lake Tahoe skiing just got better. January is Learn to Ski and Board month. The National SnowSports Industry Association fields this event each year to fire up everyone’s skiing and snowboarding passions.
Connie Anderson of the Abbi Agency said that this is the time to get out there and learn. From beginners to the more advanced, January is the time hone those skills. Best of all are the deals being offered.
There are 12 ski resorts in the North Lake Tahoe area. Most of them are offering deals during the month. With a snowpack that is expected to build, it’s a good time to check out the offerings at your favorite resort.
Tahoe Donner Ski Area is offering a two for one package. Ski with a friend on January 5-9 and January 12-16. You’ll pay just $81. You will get a one-hour private lesson, all-day trail pass or lift ticket and rentals.If you are going alone, packages are available for ages 7+ at $39, which includes an all-day lift ticket, rental equipment, and a 1 hour and 45 minute group lesson.
At Diamond Peak Ski Resort the Learn to Ski & Ride is a week long, January 12-16. It’s geared toward gettingthe young ones, as young as four years old, on the skis or boards and on the trails. For $39, their Learn to Ski & Ride package, offered all week, includes a beginner lift ticket, rental equipment and a 1 hour and 45 minute lesson for ages 7 and up and a two-hour lesson for ages 4 to 7. Lessons are twice a day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sign up for their Diamond Club Membership and score three beginner packages complete with rental equipment, group lessons and beginner lift tickets. Once a member completes three lessons, they earn a free all-mountain lift ticket and one-day equipment rental for use during the season. Diamond Club Membership is $119.
Want more? Tackle the Backcountry Experience Series. Starting January 3, for the intermediate and advanced crowd, learn backcountry skills, avalanche issues, and how to ski uphill using ski skins. Grab a package for a guided tour through their Golden Eagle Bowl. Dynafit backcounty ski rentals, the full package, is $150. If you are a season pass holder, it’s $135, or if you have your own gear, plan on spending $100. They will continue this series through February, on the 7th, 21st, and again on March 14,
Over at Alpine Meadows first time skiers age 13 and older will spend $49 for a ski package that includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a two and a half hour beginner lesson offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. You can take advantage of this offer Mondays through Fridays, from January 5th to the 30th.
Boreal has a great beginner package, called Take 3 Ride FREE. It’s exactly what it says. Here’s what you do: before making your way to the mountain, purchase a lessons package online and after completing three lessons, riders or skiers will be rewarded with a 2014-2015 Boreal Unlimited Season Pass. That’s quite a deal.
Mt. Rose has a beginner package, which includes a two-hour lesson, equipment rental and all-day lift ticket for $97 at the window ($92 online). the wide open beginner slopes here make it easy for beginners to learn how to manage those skis and boards.
If you are a bit more advanced, take advantage of their Next Step Lessons and Performance Workshops. The two-hour lessons provides a refresher to skiers and riders. The all day beginner terrain lift ticket and rental equipment is $107 at the window ($102 online). Performance workshops are geared toward intermediate skiers and riders who want to improve skills in powder, crud, bumps and steeps. Two-hour lessons are offered twice daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for $39 per person. Learning how to navigate the different conditions on a ski slope are important skills to master. This is a great way to improve your skiing and riding.
Sugar Bowl is offering a $59 Learn to Ski and Ride package includes a comprehensive two-hour lesson, equipment rental and a limited lift ticket for use on White Pine and Flume chairlifts, providing unlimited practice after the lesson. That’s a $30 savings from the regular price. The fun and memories are part of the deal.
Perhaps you’d like to do your learning at Northstar. Start with private lessons. You’ll get lift lane privileges for quick access to the slopes, always a plus on at the lifts. You’ll also score undivided one-on-one attention or the option to share with up to six guests, as well as experiences based your skill level and desired terrain. The Ultimate 4 package gives students more one-on-one instruction and group lessons, which are a fun way to build confidence as well as gaining personalized experiences with the Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center.
Homewood, which has the reputation of feeling like you might actually ski into the lake due to the utterly fantastic views from the top, has designed a great beginner packagefor those who have never skied or snowboarded before. Adult Learn to Ski/Ride packages which include a lift ticket, rentals and lesson for is $49. You have to make your purchase online the day before hitting the slopes to receive this rate. You’ll save $40, and this deal is available from Sunday to Friday.