Thinking about taking the family on a ski trip but worried that not everyone knows how to ski or snowboard? Don’t worry its never too late — our teens didn’t learn until they were in middle school. This year, the major Vermont ski resorts are banding together to help make it more affordable that ever to learn to ski.
Specifically, January 2013 will find most of Vermont’s major mountains offering some of their best ever Learn to Ski and Snowboard promotions all month long. Many resorts will be featuring a $29 non-holiday package that includes professional lessons, equipment rentals and a beginner lift ticket. Registration for the $29 package at any of the participating mountains is available at skivermont.com/learn . Lessons are available non-holiday while supplies last.
Already know how to ski? Then bring a friend (or sibling)! You can be entered to win a ski and stay package at Smugglers’ Notch Resort by participating in the nationwide Bring A Friend program. Beyond the $29 package, most Vermont ski resorts are offering additional lesson and clinic options for those looking to expand their skills. Here some examples that will work for teens and tweens from across the state:
Bolton Valley Resort
Bolton Valley Resort offers a special Learn to Love It at Bolton Valley Package for first-time adult and teen skiers or riders. The three-day Learn To Love It Program provides three days of beginner lessons. After completing the third day, the new skier or snowboard will receive a Learn To Love It card, entitling the cardholder to 50 percent off of lift tickets, lessons and rentals for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season. The three-day program is $149/person and includes a 90 minute lesson and a full-day limited access lift ticket plus rentals each day.
The Burton Learn To Ride program at Bolton Valley combines advanced equipment, teaching techniques and learning environments for first-timer riders, using Burton-specific learn to ride snowboards. The Burton Progression Park is designed to take the park newbie and introduce them to standard park features in a progressive format.
Bromley has redesigned its beginner area and offers a covered carpet lift on sunny south facing terrain known as Sun Mountain. Bromley is offering its best deals online for both kids and adults this season. Book your reservation online for the Kidsrule Mountain Camps and save $20! (non-holiday, 48 hour advance booking) This is a limited offer. You must be within the first 25 bookings for that day to receive discount.
New this season, Bromley’s GET skiing and riding programs for adults and older teens includes a 90 minute lesson in the learning zone, equipment specially designed for beginner’s success, and a limited lift ticket for easy-to-ride lifts! Book online and save $10! Complete a GET lesson and receive a GET Recognition Card for these great incentives: $25 off Lift Tickets, $15 off Rentals, and $15 off Group Lessons for the remainder of the season!
Killington Resort provides a great option for getting some individual attentions with its Max 3 / Max 5 Learn To Ski & Ride programs which guarantees groups of no more than three to five students per class and includes a lesson, rental equipment and a learning area lift ticket. Book a 2-day Learn To package and get a third day free.
Magic’s Learn to Ski and Ride programs for first-timer adults and older teens feature dedicated morning and afternoon instruction for just $129 including the lift ticket. For the younger set children’s group lessons are $120 all day with ticket. A full-season “Devo” program is $575. Magic has many options for adults and children that can all be found at www.magicmtn.com.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch Resort is offering novice skiers and riders visiting on the Base Package January 6-13, 2013 free daily beginner ski or snowboard two-hour group lessons and rental equipment for their entire stay. Package pricing is $115 per adult and $85 per youth per night. Throughout the winter Smugglers’ programs for beginning skiers and riders include all-day camps for ages 3-15, two-hour group lessons for ages 6 to adult, private lessons, and parent/child lessons. A Burton Riglet Park with treehouse and mini terrain park features is a fun learning area for snowboarding novices 6 and younger. For those older than 6, Night School for Snowboarding under the lights on the learning slope teaches basic snowboarding skills in a group lesson followed by a practice session with instructors’ support. All winter, Smugglers’ offers a guarantee that each family member will learn to ski or snowboard or improve their ability level, or the lesson portion of that person’s package will be refunded. (www.smuggs.com/skivtw, 855-814-7325)
Stowe Mountain Resort
For the month of January the Big Easy and Stowe for Starters afternoon lesson products will be priced at $29.00 (not including $5 ESC fee) These packages include a 2 hour beginner children’s lesson or 1.5 hour adult beginner lesson, rental package and limited access to lifts (Alpine, Easy Street, Adventure lift). The offer will run Monday 1/07/13 – Thursday 1/31/13 – not including MLK Weekend.
Ski Vermont in 2013
Vermont continues to be one of our favorite winter destinations. Be sure to bookmark the Ski Vermont site and check often for info on current conditions and deals across the state.
Photo Courtesy Ski Vermont