January is National Learn to

Ski and Snowboard Month

Learn to Ski and Snowboard

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

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

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

  • To celebrate National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Day, Mt Rose Ski Tahoe is offering a $79 learn to ski or ride package on January 11. Participants who learn to ski or snowboard at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe that day will receive a two-hour group lesson, lift ticket accessing beginner terrain and rental equipment for just $79.
  • To extend learning opportunities for first-timers, additional $99 “Learn to Ski or Ride” packages will be available on select dates during the month of January. Regularly priced at $135 per person, the First Time Group Lesson Package includes a morning or afternoon two-hour beginner lesson, lift ticket accessing beginner lifts and terrain, and rental equipment that can be used the entire day.
  • 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 and is $135 if purchased online in advance.

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort

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

  • Burton Snowboard Academy returns for the tenth year, allowing snowboarders of all levels to enter a realm of terrain-based learning. Leather-seated couches and a fireplace surrounded by top-of-the-line Burton equipment make for a cozy setting to lace up boots. On-mountain, little tikes learn the essentials in the Ripperoo Riglet Park, while more mature boarders progress on the trail, in one of the five nationally-renowned progression parks.
  • The Ripperoo Riglet Park, named for the Burton Riglet Reel, is a specialty terrain-based learning area designed specifically for the youngest snowboarders in Northstar California’s Burton Academy. Children as young as three years old can enter the park with a Burton Academy instructor to experience snowboarding over miniature features. These purpose-built features include various snow formations and man-made structures designed for tiny riders to feel comfortable on a snowboard at a quicker pace, accelerating progression.
  • Whether the whole family is skiing and riding together or taking individual lessons, the Northstar Kids Adventure Zones are designed to encourage learning. The family-friendly areas are located near Luggi’s and Deerskin trails, both blue square terrain, with slopes flowing to interactive structures fostering on-mountain play while perfecting form. The features are a mix of natural and man-made structures coinciding with two themes: Wagon Wheel, an homage to the region’s history, and Skicology, focusing on the natural environment.
  • A variety of different lessons for any age or experience level are also available at Northstar California. Private lessons are available for the student (any age) looking for one-on-one attention, to improve the rate of learning, or for the family who comes to ski or ride together — all with an elite instructor. Ultimate 4 Lessons, limited to groups of four children or adults, cater to ages 4+, separated by similar ages, to accommodate an elevated level of instruction in a comfortable environment. Group ski and snowboard lessons are also available for children and build confidence through a collective learning experience for all ages.

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

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

  • The Perfect Progression Program is the newest and most comprehensive adult Learn to Ski & Ride program offered through the resort’s Ski & Snowboard School. With this program, participants can 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, and rewards their hard work with tools to continue developing their skills after finishing the program: 50% off group lessons, season-long rentals, and a Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows 2018-19 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.

Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner
Discounted Lessons for Downhill or Cross Country

  • During January 14-17 and 21-24, the team at Tahoe Donner will offer discounted learn to ski or snowboard packages, just $49, 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 private lessons and private lesson packages any midweek, non-holiday day from January 7-31.
Top