For those who have wanted to try skiing or snowboarding but found the costs prohibitive, now may be the best time of the year to give it a shot.
Utahâ€™s 14 resorts are joining 33 other states and more than 300 resorts through the end of January to offer special deals for first-time skiers and snowboarders to promote Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
Utah resorts have set a goal to give 10,000 beginner lessons by the end of the month. All of the stateâ€™s resorts have come up with their own discounted packages combining lessons and lift tickets in an effort to get more people to become regulars on their slopes.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is a national initiative that began in 2008. The program strives to make learning skiing and snowboarding easy, accessible and affordable for children and adults.
â€śLearning to love winter recreation and lifetime sports is a great way to stay healthy all year long,â€ť said Raelene Davis, marketing director at Ski Utah.
Here are some details of the deals each Utah resort is offering:
â€˘ Alta is offering a $199 package in which first-time skiers will receive four two-hour class lessons, four beginner lift tickets and four days of equipment rental.
â€˘ Beaver Mountain is offering a complete ski package for $39 that includes a lift ticket, lesson and equipment rental.
â€˘ Brian Head is offering a complete ski package for $45 that includes a two-hour lesson, rentals and a lift ticket. Participants will also receive a bounce back coupon for two $45 lessons. Those who complete both lessons will be eligible for a 50 percent discount on a 2012-13 season pass and rentals, as well as a free lift ticket to bring a friend.
â€˘ Brighton is offering introductory packages for $45. Packages include a two-hour morning or afternoon lesson, an all-day ski or snowboard rental and a full-day learner lift ticket.
â€˘ The Canyons is offering a $39 package for Utah residents aged 4 and up. The package includes a lift pass, lesson and rental.
â€˘ Deer Valley is hosting a â€śLearn to Skiâ€ť program from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 26 for first-time local skiers. The clinic cost is $39 and includes rentals, lift pass and the three-hour ski lesson.
â€˘ Eagle Point has special pricing for new skiers and boarders on lift tickets, lessons and rentals in January. All-day package pricing is $59 for adults and $64 for children, and half-day packages are $39.
â€˘ Park City Mountain Resortâ€™s StarNOW program is back this year. For a total of $200, the five-day program includes a lift ticket, beginner ski or snowboard lessons, and ski or snowboard equipment rental. Guests must pre-register for all five StartNOW dates.
â€˘ Powder Mountain is offering five days of lessons on Saturdays for ages 8 and up for $95, which does not include equipment or lift tickets.
â€˘ Snowbasin is offering the â€śLearn and Earnâ€ť program. For $295, participants will receive five lessons, five days of rentals and five ski passes, and upon completion will receive a season pass to practice their new skills for the rest of the season.
â€˘ Snowbird is offering a new â€śLearnerâ€™s Permitâ€ť four-week program this season. For $280, participants receives four two-and-a-half-hour afternoon lessons, lift tickets, and four weeks of rentals. Once completed, the learner is entitled to five additional discounted adult group lessons and five days of skiing for half price.
â€˘ Solitude is offering a learn to ski package on select days this month. First-time skiers or snowboarders receive three half-day beginner lessons, rentals and two lift tickets for $165.
â€˘ Sundance Resort is offering a $75 package for all ability levels from beginner to advanced. The package includes rentals, lift tickets and a lesson.
â€˘ Wolf Mountain is offering a $39 learn to ski or snowboard package that includes a lift ticket, lesson and rentals. The offer is for any day but Jan. 21.
For more details on how to take advantage of the deals and discounts, visit www.skiutah.com.