Colorado resorts offer special promotions for Learn to Ski month
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The future economic health of the ski industry hinges partially on the retention of beginning skiers and snowboarders who are trying out the sport for the first time.Enthusiastic skiers and riders who return year after year form a strong core for the market, but it’s critical to keep new skiers coming and make sure they enjoy it enough to keep returning.
One of the best ways to do that is to help them get to the point that they can explore the mountain beyond the bunny hill safely. Colorado resorts are among the leaders when it comes to offering great lesson packages and the member resorts of Colorado Ski Country USA will focus on that goal in January, during Learn to Ski Month, with reduced prices and special programs for skiers and riders who want to improve their skills.
“Colorado resorts have always been committed to providing a top-notch ski experience for beginners,” said Melanie Mills, CSCUSA president and CEO. “Learning to ski or snowboard is a part of our heritage, and we and our resorts want to encourage one and all to give skiing or snowboarding a try. The deals and packages our resorts offer are a great way to hit the slopes and learn the ropes.”
To further encourage learning to ski or snowboard during this special month, CSCUSA is offering a new program called First Class™. First Class provides one complimentary beginner ski or snowboard lesson, including rental equipment, for registered CSCUSA 5th Grade Passport holders who are new to skiing and snowboarding. First Class lessons will be provided during the month of January as part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
The 5th Grade Passport program provides three free lift tickets at each participating CSCUSA member resort, and the 6th Grade Passport program provides four lift tickets at the same resorts for $99. More information on 2010-11 5th and 6th Grade Passports and First Class is available at www.ColoradoSki.com/Passes, or by calling 303-866-9707.
Here some are the CSCUSA resort highlight deals for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
This season, A-Basin is offering Super Sundays. For first-time skiers and snowboarders, the resort will offer a $70 package which includes a half-day lesson, access to the beginner lift, and rental equipment for the day. The lesson is available each Sunday in January, including New Year’s Day (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th). Details can be found at www.ArapahoeBasin.com.
Two of Aspen Skiing Company’s resorts offer the Adult Beginner’s Magic™ lessons, where Aspen’s famed pro instructors get beginners out on the “easy” runs that challenge them just enough. Beginners learn the basics of skiing or snowboarding from pros that practice a teaching method that promotes peak performance and confidence, while educating them about the right equipment and mountain awareness. The package includes a lesson, beginner lower lift ticket, and rental equipment. It is available at both Snowmass and Buttermilk, with single day prices of $189, or $179 if purchased seven days in advance. Get three full days for the price of two for $378, or $358 if purchased seven days in advance. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/schools/adult/default.cfm.
This season Copper Mountain is offering beginners a Ready/Set/Go program. Beginners can buy two half-day private lessons at Copper and get a third private lesson for free. This Ready/Set/Go Private Lesson deal is $698 and designed for 1st time skiers and snowboarders. The private lessons can include up to six people. More information can be found at www.CopperColorado.com.
Adult first-timers get special attention at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) with Beginner Adventure Lessons. These special lesson-and-lift packages taught by award-winning instructors are geared toward aspiring skiers and snowboarders, age 18 and over, and are designed to provide an excellent foundation from which to build. The Beginner Adventure Lesson is $145 per person, per day ($160 during the holidays). As a follow up, Crested Butte offers a Day-Two Bonus where instructors provide Beginner Adventure first-day grads with a coupon for a $55 half-price, half-day Beginner Adventure lesson the following day, from the same instructor. If booked online at least seven days in advance, beginners can save an additional five percent. Visit www.skicb.com or call 800-544-8448 for more information and reservations.
New for the 2010/11 season, and just in time for Learn to Ski/Ride month, Echo Mountain is offering the Lil’ Rippers Snowboard Experience. Geared toward Echo’s littlest shredders age 5-7, this new program is designed to create a positive introduction to snowboarding. Classes are limited to three students, so the instructor can provide each student the attention and “hands on” time needed to get them balancing and moving on his or her board. Little ones can progress their skills even further through Echo’s multi-week “Mini-Mountaineers” program. Designed for skiers 4-5 and snowboarders age 5, these fun classes are catered to children’s comfort level, physical development and attention span. Three-week sessions are only $105, and equipment rental can be added for $60. January sessions begin Monday, January 3rd, and reservations are strongly recommended. Visit www.echomt.com for more information.
Eldora offers both children and adult packages for beginners. For those 13 and over, the First-Timers Ski/Snowboard Package is only $109, and includes a four hour group lesson, rental equipment, and a Little Hawk Mountain lift ticket. For children ages 4-12, the resort has its Mountain Explorer Ski/Snowboard Package, also for $109. This is for children of all ability levels, and is a full day that includes a four hour group lesson, rental equipment, lift ticket, supervised lunch and snacks. Details can be found at www.Eldora.com.
With Loveland’s 3-Class Pass, you can learn to ski or snowboard and then receive a Loveland season pass to work on your turns all season long. All children (6-14) that complete three ski or snowboard lesson packages, which include lesson, lunch, all-day lift ticket and equipment rental, receive a season pass when the third lesson is complete. You may also pre-purchase the three packages for $297 and use the pass all season long. Beginner adults who complete one Adult Newcomer full-day lesson package ($105) and two half-day Master the Mountain packages ($90 x2) also earn a season pass. And the deals aren’t just for beginners at Loveland, as adults who are intermediates can also take advantage of this deal. Adults who complete three 1/2-day intermediate Master the Mountain lesson packages may purchase an unrestricted season pass at the discounted rate of $150. For more information, visit http://www.skiloveland.com/skischool/3_class_pass.aspx.
For first time skiers and snowboarders over the age of seven, Monarch offers three different deals. Ages 7-12 can take advantage of the All Day Alpine Ski or Snowboard Introductory Package, which includes an all day lift ticket, equipment and helmet rental, snack, supervised lunch, and five and a half hours of group instruction, all for $160 with a CSCUSA coupon. The 13 and over Alpine Ski or Snowboard Introductory Package is only $114 for a CSCUSA coupon holder, and includes an all day lift ticket, equipment rental and three and a half hours of group instruction. For anyone over the age of three, Monarch offers a two-hour private lesson for $180 for CSCUSA coupon holders. This includes two hours of private alpine, snowboard or telemark instruction for one or two people (ages seven and over for two person lessons). With Monarch Ski and Ride School’s professional, patient and friendly instructors, skiers and boarders will be turning, stopping and even riding the beginner chairlift after the first three and a half hour group clinic. If skiers and riders aren’t making it to the chairlift after three and a half hours, the next lesson is on Monarch. Details can be found at www.skimonarch.com
The Learn to Ride Program at Powderhorn is for first time skiers and snowboarders. For $350, fun and professional instructors take skiers and riders for three full-day lessons, which include the lessons, rentals and lift tickets. After completion of all three sessions, a free season pass is awarded. Find out more information at www.Powderhorn.com.
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch has personalized programs to introduce beginners to the exciting sports of skiing and snowboarding with its professional instructors. SolVista Basin Ski School, revolutionized by Harald Harb, enables beginners to improve their skiing faster with a direct-to-parallel approach that incorporates specific body movements in conjunction with shaped skis. SolVista Basin Ride School incorporates a gentle beginner hill with four Progression Terrain Parks as the perfect landscape for connecting turns and learning jumps. Beginners who complete two ski or snowboarding lesson packages graduate with a complementary “Get On The Snow” season pass to SolVista Basin for the remainder of the season, as well as a 20 percent discount coupon valid for a retail merchandise purchase. For more information, visit http://www.granbyranch.com/ski-snowboard-lessons.html.
Beginners can find great ski and snowboard packages at Steamboat. Both its Learn to Ski Package and its Burton™ Learn to Ride Package include three days of instruction, gear, rental and lift tickets. After completion, beginners are guaranteed to be comfortable on green runs, or lessons are free until they are. Both packages are $321, but available at the discount rate of $299 if booked in advance. For more information, visit http://www.steamboat.com/plan-vacation/ski-school/results/index.aspx?id=1.
Telluride offers its Beginner Skiing Adventure and Learn to Ride Beginner Snowboarding packages, which include three days of lift tickets, lesson and rental, for the two-day price of $340. This deal is for first-time skiers and snowboarders, and gives access to miles of beginner terrain with world-class instructors who teach skills that will have beginners successfully skiing on their first day. For beginner boarders, Telluride has partnered with Burton to bring them specifically designed beginner snowboards, boots, and bindings to quicken the learning curve. For more information, visit http://tellurideskiresort.com/TellSki/info/adult-group-lessons.aspx.
Specifically available from January 1 – 31, Winter Park encourages new skiers and riders to hit the slopes with its buy one adult lesson and get a second lesson half-off deal. This deal is good on all adult Learn to Ride and Learn to Ski full day products when two individuals purchase the lesson at the same transaction. It is valid on lesson and lesson-lift ticket packages only, rentals are not included. For more details, call 970-726-1564. Go to www.WinterParkResort.com for more details.
Wolf Creek offers two packages for beginners: 1st Day Beginner Package and 2nd Day Beginner Package. The 1st Day Beginner Package includes four hours of group lessons and a lift ticket to the resort’s beginner lift, the Nova Lift. Skiing is $52, and snowboarding is $62. The 2nd Day Beginner Package includes two hours of group lessons and a lift ticket valid for the Nova Lift and the Raven Lift, the detachable quad that services all of the beginner terrain and most of the intermediate terrain. After the two hours of instruction, students have the rest of the day to practice the lessons they have learned. Skiing is $63 and snowboarding is $73. More information can be found at www.WolfCreekSki.com.
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