Ski and Ride for Less, Ski

On the slopes


And in some cases, ski and ride for free!

Winter Park Resort.png

Why learn?

The Snow Sports Industry has unveiled some special deals on beginner programs all across the country as part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January.  These programs typically offer more affordable prices on lift tickets, lessons, and rentals.

Here are a few special offers at KidTripster-reviewed resorts.  For a full list, click here.


California’s Snow Valley has a buy one-get one free, beginner lesson offer for skiers and snowboarders.  It includes a beginner area lift ticket, 2-hour group lesson, and complete ski or snowboard rental package.  Cost: $74; valid non-holiday Mondays through Fridays from January 5-31. Holiday cost: $109 on January 15.


Colorado’s Crested Butte is offering 50% off ski and snowboard rental equipment through the CBMR Rental & Demo Shop when you book an Adult Beginner Ski Adventure Lesson.

Steamboat’s Learn to Ski & Ride package includes two days of lessons, rentals, and lift tickets from opening day through December 16 and January 6-31. The Learn to Ski & Ride program is available for adults and children (1st grade and up).  Cost: $250.

Winter Park is offering lessons for first-time adult skiers and riders. The offer includes a lift ticket, rental, and lesson from November 15 through December 15.  Cost: $99.

New Hampshire

Ski New Hampshire is offering 4th & 5th graders (regardless of where they live) an opportunity to ski once at each of its 34 ski area members, including KidTripster-reviewed Dartmouth Skiway and Whaleback, through the Snowsports Passport program.  Cost: $30.

During Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January, many New Hampshire ski areas are also offering lift tickets, lessons, and rentals to beginners at a discounted rate.  Cost: $39.


Mount Hood Meadows is offering first-time lessons with beginner-progressive lift tickets and rentals for adults.  Cost: $89.


Take a look at the Ski Utah Passport Program.  Fifth graders can ski or ride three times at each of Utah’s 14 participating resorts; that’s a possible 42 days of skiing!  Cost: $35.  Sixth graders can ski or ride one time at each of the 14 participating resorts.  Cost: $35.  Resorts include KidTripster-approved Deer Valley, Park City, and Solitude; some blackout dates apply.

In addition, Deer Valley is offering a special on January 27 from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m for first-time, local skiers (age 13 and up).  It includes lift tickets, ski lessons, and ski rental equipment.  Cost: $49.

From January 7-12, Solitude will hold a special daily class for first-time, local skiers (age 7 and up) and snowboarders from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The package includes a lesson, lift ticket, and rental.  Cost: $49.  Reservations must be made in advance by calling (801) 536-5730; limited to 50 participants each day.


The majority of Vermont resorts will be offering beginner lessons during the month of January, excluding holiday periods.  Cost: $49.  The beginner package includes equipment rental as well as a lesson with a professional instructor (lesson duration varies by resort), and access to the beginner terrain for both kids and adults.  Click here for a list of participating resorts.  You’ll find some KidTripster-approved resorts on the list: Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, and Stratton.  

Also check out the Vermont Fifth Grade Passport program, which allows 5th graders to ski and ride free; $10 processing fee applies.


In Virginia, The Omni Homestead has a learning-lodging program called the Family Learn to Ski package.  It includes luxury accommodations, daily lift tickets (up to 4 people), daily rental equipment, group lessons (ages 6 and up), and parking.  It’s available beginning January 1.  Rates start at $308, plus resort charge and taxes.

Photo courtesy: Winter Park Resort