Every January, resorts around North America celebrate Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month by offering excellent deals on lessons, rentals and lift tickets for adults and kids who want to break out of the winter boredom and learn to ski or snowboard at a local ski hill. If you’re a veteran skier or rider or a parent, this is the month to introduce someone you love to the joys of winter adventure in the mountains at a super discounted rate. Many of the region’s resorts have special Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month discounts, including these deals from four local resorts.

49 Degrees North Mountain Resort
In honor of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, 49 Degrees North is offering special discounts on lesson, rental, and lift ticket packages for first-time skiers and riders. The EZ 1, 2, 3 packages are discounted from their regular price of $129 down to $109 and the “Learn to” packages are reduced from $89 to $74. “There’s no age limit on getting started,” says Rick Brown, Director of Skiing and Snowboarding at 49 Degrees North. “Whether you start as a small child or later in life, skiing or snowboarding is something that can bring new, exciting experiences to your world,” he adds. Call the ski and snowboard school for details at 509-935-6649 for more info. Ski49n.com.

Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area
New skiers and riders looking to learn the life skill of skiing or riding during the month of January can score a lesson, rental and lift ticket package for $39. That’s $11 off the normal price. Sticking to the beginner chairlift, Lookout’s instructors will teach the basics. Parents can also sign up kids age 6-17 for the Lookout Pass Famous Free Ski School, happening every Saturday morning from January 10 through March 14 (sign up by Jan. 24). This program is for beginners and intermediates. Call 208-744-1301 for details. Skilookout.com.

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park
For January only, Mt. Spokane’s EZ Ski 1-2-3 learn to ski or snowboard package will be discounted even more to just $99. Everything you need to learn to ski or ride is included: three days of lift tickets, rental gear and lessons for ages 13 and up. New skiers or riders ages 7-12 can try out the EZ-Ski First Tracks package that includes three days of lift tickets, rentals and lessons, the first of which is an all-day lesson to optimize learning, for only $129. As an added bonus, Mt. Spokane is also offering those who purchase a learn-to-ski package in January the chance to buy a season pass for the remainder of the season for just $99. Mtspokane.com.

Silver Mountain Resort
Plenty of people who don’t ski or snowboard travel to Silver Mountain every year just to ride the gondola and experience the views of riding high above the scenic Silver Valley in an enclosed gondola car. With Silver’s learn-to-ski package, the gondola ride is just the first taste of taking on a new fun and thrilling sport that can lead to a lifetime of winter adventure. Silver’s package includes a lift ticket, lesson and ski or snowboard gear rental for $39. Call 866-344-2675 for details and restrictions. Silvermt.com. // (OTM)