January is National Learn to

Ski and Snowboard Month

Learn to Ski and Snowboard

It’s a new year and a new you, which means that it’s time to pick up that new skill that you’ve always wanted to learn. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and many of North Lake Tahoe’s resorts are offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals, lodging and more, making it easier than ever to try a new sport this year.

While North Lake Tahoe is known for its distinct downhill skiing options at its 12 alpine ski resorts, the area also offers the nation’s most diverse cross country terrain.

Every January, The National Snow Sports Industry Association celebrates The Learn to Ski and Ride Program to ignite and rekindle passions for skiing and snowboarding. It’s the perfect time for children and adults who are first-time skiers to get started.

Note: Some packages are available throughout the entire ski season, so you can continue to practice what you’ve learned!

Ready to learn to ski and ride yourself? Try these special experiences at North Lake Tahoe resorts.

Diamond Peak

Diamond Peak
Improved Beginner Terrain and Hands-on Instruction for All Ages

  • Diamond Peak recently regraded their beginner-friendly School Yard run to make the terrain more welcoming to first-time and beginner skiers and snowboarders. Already known as one of the best runs for beginner skiers and snowboarders, the new and improved School Yard run offers more usable space for beginners to practice their first turns without worrying about running into others around them. Serviced by the beginner-friendly Schoolhouse chairlift – which keeps riders lower to the ground than a traditional chairlift – the School Yard run has served as the “first turns” for thousands of Lake Tahoe skiers and snowboarders over the years.
  • Diamond Peak offers a beginner lift ticket valid for the Lodgepole and Schoolhouse chairlifts and the beginner terrain they access for just $44 online in advance, or $49 day-of at the resort during midweek dates; $54/$59 on weekends; and $64/$69 during peak periods. Skiers and snowboarders can also upgrade their beginner lift tickets to an all-mountain ticket at any time by paying the difference in cost.
  • Diamond Peak’s professional instructors, low student-to-instructor ratio, dedicated children’s learning area, gentle slopes, and friendly environment provide an ideal place for first-time skiers and snowboarders and those looking to improve their skills and confidence.
  • The Diamond Peak Child Ski Center provides a safe and fun learning environment for kids ages 3-6 with a separate learning area, dedicated surface lift, and instructor-to-child ratio of 1:5. Lift tickets and rental equipment are included with all lessons and children are fitted for their gear inside the Child Ski Center. The March of the Penguins All Day Package and Diamond Pete Half Day Private Lesson Packages include lunch, playtime, and snacks.
  • The Diamond Peak Ski and Snowboard School offers group, private, and semi-private lessons for beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Groups of 2-5 people of similar ability can take a Family and Friends semi-private lesson and learn or improve together. Snowboard lesson packages include Burton Learn to Ride boards that are specially designed for beginners with a forgiving flex pattern and features to make turning easier. View lesson pricing and details here.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt Rose Ski Tahoe
Try for the First Time or Take your Next Steps

  • Mt. Rose offers a First Timer Package, the perfect way to introduce yourself to the sport. Participants receive a two-hour group lesson, lift ticket accessing beginner terrain and rental equipment.
  • For those who want to continue to build on the skills they’ve learned, the Next Step Package was designed to give new skiers and snowboarders more time on the slopes. The package includes a two-hour group lesson, lift ticket accessing beginner lifts and terrain and rental equipment.

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
Shred and Play on Specialty Terrain for All Levels

  • Book three consecutive days of Child Ski Group or Ultimate 4 lessons, and we guarantee your child will be skiing safely and competently or the fourth lesson is free of charge.
  • By the end of Day 3:
    • Ages 7-12 will be skiing in control on green runs on the mountain.
    • Ages 5-6 will be skiing in control off of our Big Easy Chairlift.
  • If your child doesn’t achieve these goals by the end of day three, their fourth lesson is on us!

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

Amie Engerbretson skis the groomers at Squaw Valley, CA, March 22, 2013. Photo by Scott Sady

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Make Progress with the Perfect Progression Program

  • First-time skiers and riders now have access to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Perfect Progression Program, the newest and most comprehensive adult Learn to Ski & Ride program offered through the resort’s Ski & Snowboard School. The Perfect Progression Program is a comprehensive path for teens and adults to make a one-season transition from first-timer to intermediate skier or snowboarder. The program ensures that participants have the skills and confidence to make skiing and riding a lifelong passion. Participants receive three half-day beginner ski or snowboard lessons, lift tickets, rentals, and three lunch vouchers (each with an $18 value) for use at Alpine Meadows; a one-time 30% discount at Estelle Sports; and an accessories package of goggles and gloves. After completing the three lessons, the program rewards participants hard work with tools to continue developing their skills: 50% off group lessons, season-long rentals, and a Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows 2019-20 season pass available exclusively for participants of this program. The Perfect Progression Program is a limited quantity product and is available online for $499 per person.
  • For adults and teens, the Learn to Ski/Ride at Alpine Meadows lesson package offers beginners the ability to learn the basics in a safe, comfortable environment from expert instructors at the Alpine Meadows Ski and Snowboard School. The 2.25-hour lesson focuses on teaching the crucial skills of turning, stopping and riding lifts. The package includes the lesson, rental equipment and a restricted beginner lift ticket for the day, all for just $119 if purchased in advance, and $129 if purchased that day. If morning lesson participants want to continue to develop their newly acquired skills, they can opt for the Learn to Ski/Ride Upgrade, which gets them the afternoon group lesson session for just $69.

Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner
Discounted Lessons for Downhill or Cross Country

  • During January 6-9 and 13-16, the team at Tahoe Donner will offer discounted learn to ski or snowboard packages, just $39, as part of “National Learn to Ski Month.” These packages are only for first timers, which include an all-day lift ticket, rental equipment, and a 1.75-hour group lesson for ages 7 and up.
  • Additionally, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center will offer two-for-one lessons during select dates in January: 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, and 27-31.

Homewood Ski Resort

Homewood Ski Resort
The Very Best Day to Learn How to Ski or Ride – January 20, 2020
Those taking a lesson will enjoy ski lesson specials, free hot chocolate, s’mores, live music at the base of the resort, giveaways and more.

Learning how to Ski or Ride is as Easy as 1-2-3 when you sign up for our newest program. Skiers and boarders aged 13+ can pre-purchase a 3 Pack of Ski / Snowboard Lesson and be automatically enrolled in the Easy as 1-2-3  program to get rewarded with a Season Pass upon the completion of the program.