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January is national “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month!”  For Washington and Idaho locals, January is a great time to try a new winter activity or get back on the mountain. All four of Ski the NW Rockies’ resorts (49 Degrees North, Lookout Pass, Mt. Spokane and Silver Mountain) are offering a variety of programs during January 2013 for children and adults who want to learn to ski or snowboard, or simply improve their skills.

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) is a national effort organized by the snow sports industry to get adults and children outside in the winter to learn a new activity.  This year LSSM is encouraging you to Bring a Friend with their new Bring a Friend Challenge which offers incentives for current participants who introduce friends or family members to lessons from a professional. The Bring a Friend web site (http://www.bringafriend.org ) provides details about the Challenge that runs through March 17, 2013.

Ski the NW Rockies offers an “EZ Ski or Ride 1-2-3” package at each member resort, which includes three lift tickets, three rentals, and three lessons. Prices range from $99 – $129, depending on the mountain. For more information, visithttp://www.skinwrockies.com/ez-ski-ride-1-2-3.

Following are Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month offerings from each Ski the NW Rockies resorts during the month of January. Complete information on lessons and other programs is available on www.skinwrockies.com/learn-a-snowsport-month.

  • 49º North: Try the “Learn To” package for $79. The package includes a 1 ½ hour group lesson, rental equipment, and a Chair 3 lift ticket that will access beginner and novice terrain. Group lessons are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • Lookout Pass: Lookout’s nationally recognized Free Ski School for Kids, ages 6-17, is offered every Saturday morning beginning January 12th and running through March 16th.  All participants much be signed up by January 26st.  There is also a Snow Bus available for adults and children during this time period.  Check Lookout’s website for departure times and locations.   If you are looking to get off the groomers then consider coming to the Next Level Clinics on Sunday’s for just $35 a session or $120 for a month.
  • Mt. Spokane: Mt. Spokane’s “Never Ever” Package includes an all-day lift ticket for Chair 5 (beginner hill), a 2-hour group lesson and all-day rentals for $69. Lessons being daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.. Purchase a Never Ever Package in January and receive a Mt. Spokane collector’s pin.  As well, in January the Ladies can come for a special day of instruction, skiing and pampering on January 11.  Ladies Days will also be in February and March.
  • Silver Mountain Resort:  For the month of January learn to ski or ride for only $49 Adult and $39 youth with their LSSM package.  This includes a day lift ticket, lesson, rental, and is available every Monday and Thursday of January.  If you are looking to take your skills to the “Next Step” past the beginner’s day but still need instruction than do so for just $80.

About Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is a national initiative organized by industry associations throughout the month of January to encourage children and adults to learn alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other human propelled snow sports by taking lessons from a professional instructor. To learn more, visit http://www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org/.

About Ski the NW Rockies

Ski the NW Rockies is a non-profit association representing the Inland Northwest snow sports industry, including four ski areas and industry retailers. Ski the NW Rockies is comprised of four local, accessible mountains, all within 100 miles of Spokane. Silver Mountain, 49° North, Lookout Pass, and Mt. Spokane all offer affordable winter fun for the whole family. To learn more, visitwww.skinwrockies.com.