North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

Beginners Hit The Slopes in January

North Lake Tahoe invites beginners and winter sports enthusiasts alike to hit the slopes for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. The National SnowSports Industry Association puts on the event to ignite and rekindle passions for skiing and snowboarding.


Resorts offer cool deals found on the GoTahoeNorth website all month long to make it even easier to get on the mountain.


Homewood Mountain Resort takes learn to ski and ride month to a whole new level by encouraging beginners all season long. Get a lift ticket, rentals and lesson for $49 online the day before hitting the slopes. This package is a $40 savings, available Sunday-Friday. Homewood also offers free intermediate and advanced lessons at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.


Sugar Bowl offers a Learn to Ski and Ride Development program for $89-$99. This is a full day event that operates on both sides of the mountain, even on holidays. With a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, beginners are sure to conquer their goals.


Boreal Mountain Resort is offering a Take 3, Ride FREE program that’s hard to pass up. Take three lessons between Jan. 6 and Feb. 14 and receive a free season pass. The $129 online only package provides rental equipment for each 90-minute lesson with a professional instructor.


During the week of Jan. 13-17, Diamond Peak encourages snow play with First Time Beginner and Beginner Group Lesson Packages. Purchase a $39 package that includes a lesson, rental equipment and an all day beginner lift ticket. These one-hour 45-minute lessons are great for everyone age four and up who have had two or fewer snowsport experiences.


Beginners at the Tahoe-Donner Downhill Ski Area are sure to excel at the uncrowded resort. First timers receive an all day lift ticket, rentals and two-hour group lesson for $39 Jan. 6-10 and 13-16. The Cross Country Ski Center will also feature Learn to Ski packages for those looking to try cross-countryskiing instead of downhill.


Learn to ski or snowboard at Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from January 14-30. For $49 beginners receive a beginner lift ticket, rentals and lessons for adults and kids age 3+.


Granlibakken ski hill has the perfect balance between learning slopes and downhill thrills. There is a ski school for first-timers and people looking to fine-tune skills. With rentals and both full and half-day tickets, snowsport enthusiasts of all levels will enjoy themselves.


Aspiring skiers and boarders looking for deals all season long should head to Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. The mountain offers an $89 First Timer Package that includes a two-hour lesson, beginner lift ticket and rental equipment. This is a great opportunity for beginners, ages 11+, to get a feel for the mountain throughout the winter.


For those looking to stay on more level ground, Tahoe XC provides free introductory and intermediate skate skiing lessons and introductory cross-country lessons. Pick up a free child trail pass or buy an adult trail pass, $24, and rentals, $20, to receive free lessons spread throughout the week.

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