Learn to ski, snowboard on the cheap


Mount Snow in Vermont is offering $17 adult group clinics Monday – Thursday from opening day through Dec. 15. It also has a number of programs for kids, starting as early as 3. Mount Snow photo.

Got a buddy, family member or significant other who wants to learn how to ski or snowboard?

Well, here’s a few inexpensive … some free … ways to start sliding.

Normally, these packages can cost more than $100!

So if someone has been talking for years about learning to ski or snowboarding, turn them on to these great deals …

From now until Dec. 23, at Okemo in Vermont, pay $39 and you can learn how to enjoy winter sports from a professional instructor.

Okemo’s program for first-timers includes two two-hour group lesson sessions (10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m.), rental equipment, a lower-mountain lift ticket and post-program offerings for season-long discounts on future lessons, rentals and lift tickets. Reservations are recommended.

Ski Vermont is offering a $29 package during the month of January that includes equipment, a a three-hour lesson and lower mountain lift ticket.

Registration for the $29 package starts Friday, Dec. 16.

Space is limited so it’s highly advisable to jump on this offer on Dec. 16.

Mount Snow, is offering $17 adult group clinics Monday – Thursday from opening day through Dec. 15 to celebrate the grand opening of lift #17, the Bluebird Express.

On Dec. 18 Mount Snow will be offering FREE  adult snowboarding lessons as part of World Snowboarding Day.

For Ski Vermont’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, January 2 – January 31, first timers will pay just $29 for a learn to ski or ride package which includes equipment rental, lower mountain lift ticket and three-hour clinic.

During Mount Snow College Weeks, Jan. 2 – 6 and January 9 – 13, full time college students can brush up on their skills for FREE in a group ski or ride clinic when they present their college ID.

New Hampshire areas are offering FREE learn to ski/snowboard packages from Jan. 7-13, 2012.

First-time skiers and snowboarders receive a free learn to ski or snowboard lesson, free equipment rentals & a free beginner terrain lift ticket.

Participants must register with Ski NH to download a Learn to Ski & Ride Free coupon, then make a reservation with one of our participating resorts. Registration begins in mid-December and is first-come, first-served.


Warm termperatures have put the 2011-12 ski season into a temporary backslide.

But by late Wednesday, snow guns were back.

At 6:07 p.m., Killington tweeted: “Our snowmakers are back in action! Guns are being fired up on the upper mountain right now.”

Stowe and Okemo were planning to resume snowmaking later tonight.

On Facebook, Stratton posted: “As we have said many times before, the only thing we can be certain of is how uncertain the weather will be. The good news is we do see a cooling trend heading our way, which could give us a small window of marginal snowmaking temperatures tonight. Our mountain operations team is ready and standing by. Do those snow dances everyone!”

The only areas open in New England include Killington, Stowe and Okemo in Vermont; Bretton Woods in New Hampshire; and Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine.

Jim Shay

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