January brings ski lesson deals at Colorado resorts for first-timers
At a time when ski areas typically slow down — between the holidays and spring break — Colorado resorts are trying to attract beginners with deals on lessons for January’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
Most of the special programs for snowsports newcomers include a lift ticket, lesson and rentals. Some deals are one-day, others are multiple and some offers extend beyond January.
For more information about the initiative to encourage people to try skiing and snowboarding, visit the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month website at learntoskiandsnowboard.org. Further details on specific programs are posted under January Specials.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
A-Basin is offering one-run lessons on select Sundays (Jan. 4 and 25, Feb. 8 and March 8) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for free.
The ski area is also offering discounted half-day lessons on Sundays in January and February from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and all deals except telemark-skiing lessons include lift ticket, rental and instruction.
Adult packages range from $80 for a tele lesson (no rentals) to $108 for a snowboard lesson. Kids packages range from $75 for young children skiing to $90 for older children (up to 14 years old) snowboarding. The discounted Sunday lessons can also be purchased separately for $65. For more information, go to arapahoebasin.com
Breckenridge Ski Resort
First-time guests at Breckenridge can purchase the Adult Discovery Series package, which includes three days of full-day group lessons, limited-access lift tickets and rental equipment starting at $320. Adult first-time skiers and riders seeking a full mountain lift ticket can purchase a three-day lesson and lift package for $353. For more information, go to breckenridge.com.
Copper Mountain Resort
Copper’s Ski and Ride School University offers newcomers three ski or snowboard lessons, lift tickets, gear rentals, parking and lunch for $199. Upon graduation and completion of the third lesson, Copper provides a free pass for the rest of the season. For more information, visit coppercolorado.com.
Keystone Resort’s beginner adult lessons are all available in a buy-two-get-one-free package starting at $262. First-time adult skiers and riders can add $15 limited-access lift tickets to their lessons. For more information, go to keystoneresort.com.
Resorts in neighboring Eagle and Grand counties also have special offers for those new to downhill snowsports.
Beaver Creek offers first-time adult packages for skiers and snowboarders that include three full-day lessons and three days of lift tickets, starting at $360. Group, semi-private and private lesson options are available for children 3 years old and older. For more information, visit beavercreek.com.
Granby Ranch is offering its Get on the Snow program, which provides two ski or snowboarding lesson days, a “GOTS” season pass to Ski Granby Ranch and a 20 percent discount on retail merchandise. Get on the Snow is for never-ever beginners ages 10 and up. For more information, visit granbyranch.com
Vail Mountain is offering three-day beginner packages for adults that include group lessons and lift tickets starting at $340. Vail’s regular one-day beginner lesson is $205, so beginners can learn over three days for the price of less than two regular lessons. For more information, visit vail.com.
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