Each winter, the ski industry and local resorts offer great deals for beginners of all ages during the month of January, also known as Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month. The new EZ Ski or Ride 1-2-3 programs, available to all ages, make skiing and snowboarding more affordable and easier than ever to learn. The package includes three lift tickets, three rentals (boots, poles, skis or snowboard), and three lessons. All you need to do is pick you ski area and call to reserve and schedule your lesson package.
The EZ Ski or Ride 1-2-3 deal is only available for true “first timers” of any age who have never skied or snowboarded before. Find more program info and each mountain’s ski school phone number to call and reserve your package in advance at Skinwrockies.com/ez-ski-ride-123.
Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area (Mullan, Idaho)
Includes three all-day lift tickets. The first two days start on the beginner chairlift, while day three includes an all-mountain lift ticket. The graduation gift for completion of the Learn to Ski or Ride in 3 Days program is a very special rate for a season pass for the rest of the season that includes daily rental equipment. Packages are available for ages 13 and older for $149. A similar package is available for ages 7-12. Lessons should be available every day Lookout is open.
49 Degrees North Mountain Resort (Chewelah, Wash.)
49’s three-day lesson package includes three days of rentals, lift tickets, and lessons for $199. Lessons and rentals need to be scheduled in advance as available through the 2021 season. Students must be at least 7 years old to register. Once the program is completed, participants are eligible to purchase a season pass at a discounted rate.
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park (Spokane, Wash.)
The EZ Ski or Ride 1-2-3 Package at Mt. Spokane for first-time skiers or snowboarders ages 7 and up is $179 this season. The group lessons must be scheduled along with rentals in advance and are available at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekends. First-day lessons are held on the beginner lift (Chair 5) and can progress to other lifts and terrain if participants are able. True first-time students who complete the program can also purchase a discount season pass for the remainder of the season for just $129.
Silver Mountain Resort (Kellogg, Idaho)
For only $135, first timers can register in advance for three days of skiing or snowboarding, rentals, and lessons at Silver. The lift tickets are good for the Prospector lift, and the package is available for ages 7 and older. Lesson times are 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. but are not available on Saturdays or holidays this season.
Content sponsored by Ski the NW Rockies Association Resorts, from the On the Mountain special section in the January-February 2021 issue.