Learn to ski or snowboard for free

Want to ski or snowboard like those seen in the video above from Park City, Utah?

Well … you get get a start by taking advantage of an offer that doesn’t come around often: a free, learn to ski or snowboard lesson!

Yup.. Free. Gratis. Complimentary.

And, the offer also includes equipment and a ticket for the beginner lift.

It happens this Saturday at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall in our own state of Connecticut.

Here are the details:

“Mohawk Mountain and Sharon Hospital would like you to come out on Saturday, December 22, 2012 for FIRST EXPERIENCE DAY! We will provide first-time skiers and/or snowboarders (age 5 and up) with everything you need for your first time… FOR FREE! Participants will receive a custom-fit rental equipment package (skiing or snowboarding), a lesson from our world-renowned Learning Center at Mohawk Mountain, and a lift ticket valid on our beginner lifts. As you can imagine, the response to this offer is incredible, so we suggest you arrive early. We will be ticketing and fitting for equipment until 3pm, after this time regular package pricing will apply. Please make sure to dress appropriately as weather conditions can be severe (recommended outerwear includes, warm gloves, a hat, a warm jacket along with ski pants and tall socks).

“Are you under age 18, and planning on coming to FIRST EXPERIENCE DAY? If you will not be accompanied by a parent or guardian, you will need to provide us with a completed RENTAL AGREEMENT FORM. Click here download our rental agreement form. A completed form will be required to use the rental equipment included in the package.”

If you can’t get to Mohawk on Saturday, there’s other opportunities in January.

Ski New Hampshire’s “free week” is January 12 – 18, 2013. The offer is a free lift, lesson, rental package for first-timers at participating resorts. There also is a bounce back offer for those who register. The offer is $10 off for a return lesson and $20 off for a return package. The offer is good for the entire 2012-13 season and there are some restrictions. Check the SkiNH Web site for details.

Ski Vermont’s $29 Learn To packages are available at ski and snowboard areas throughout the state during January, non-holidays. It includes lesson, equipment rental, and lift ticket. Children and adults can sign up for programs at participating resorts on the Ski Vermont Web site.


Some natural snow fell in northern New England Monday, with up to 15 inches at Saddleback  in Maine. In New Hampshire 10 inches of fresh snow is reported at Attitash and Cranmore. Northern Vermont areas like Sugarbush, Stowe, Burke and Jay got about half a foot.

While the snow is welcome, we still need lots more so mountains can be in good shape before the holiday crowds.

Keep your fingers crossed and continue to pray for snow.

Also, ignore those snow reports from the west to keep from getting jealous.

Jim Shay