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Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

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About Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Ski areas across the country are offering deals designed to get new skiers and snowboarders on the slopes and to help veterans improve their technique during the winter ski season. Downhill and crosscountry ski resorts within 100 miles of Reno are offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, giving you incentives to try a new sport.

If you aren't so sure about snowboarding and skiing, many of these same resorts offer snowshoeing areas and snow play parks for tubing and sledding.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Diamond Peak has a big Ski and Ride Center offering a variety of learn to ski and learn to snowboard programs, packages, and clinics for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skiers and riders. Participants are organized by age - Child Ski Center ages 3 to 6, Youth Ski & Ride Center ages 7 t 12, and Adult Ski & Ride Center ages 13+. Arrive at least an hour before the lesson start time. For more information, call (775) 832-1177.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose has beginner packages for both skiing and snowboarding. First timer packages are for those 12 and older and include a lift ticket, rental equipment for the day, and a 2 hour group lesson. Morning lessons begin at 10 a.m., afternoon lessons begin at 1 p.m. Check out the website as there are other lessons and packages available.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Learning to ski on Sierra Nevada slopes. Photo © Stan White

Tahoe Donner Ski Area

Tahoe Donner Downhill offers both ski and snowboard lessons, including group and private lessons for all levels. Advance reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call (530) 587-9444 or visit the website.

Northstar California

Northstar offers a variety of lesson options for first-timers, as well as guides that can be paired with seasoned skiers and snowboarders. Private lessons include lift lane privileges for quick access to the slopes, undivided one-on-one attention or the option to share with up to six guests, and customizable experiences based on skier level and desired terrain.

Boreal Mountain Resort

Boreal Mountain Resort offers both group and private lessons. Both ski and snowboard lessons are available, geared to a variety of ability levels. There's also a Take 3 Ride Free package with a variety of perks after taking three lessons. (530) 426–3666.

Palisades Tahoe

The ski and snowboard programs at Palisades Tahoe offer an extensive variety for every level of skier, from beginner to advanced. They include classes for rank beginners to advanced experts, from little kids to grownups. Whatever your skill and style, get the most out of Palisades Tahoe with a ski or snowboard program picked just for you. 1-800-403-0206.

Homewood Mountain Resort

Homewood offers beginner adult lessons tailored for those who have never skied or snowboarded before. There are also lessons for kids, private lessons and information for first-timers. Homewood has stunning views of Lake Tahoe. 530-525-2992.

Sugar Bowl

The First Time Ski & Snowboard Lessons provides what you will need to get started all in one convenient bundle. Included are equipment rental, half day group lesson and beginner lift ticket. (530) 426-9000.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood offers group and private lessons for kids, teens and adults, both for skis and snowboards. There's quite a variety from which to choose according to what you would like to do and when. (209) 258-7754.

Granlibakken Tahoe

This small resort is great for families looking for an authentic introduction to winter sports. There are both private and group lessons that include lift tickets. All lift tickets come with free all-day sledding with sled included. (530) 583-4242.

Cross Country Ski Areas

Royal Gorge Cross-Country

Professional instructors are available to help you learn and get you on the trail quickly and safely. Group and private lessons are available for classic and skate skiing activities. Adult, youth and children's packages are available. 530-426-3871.

Kirkwood Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Center

There are lessons for both kids and adults. Private lessons are available on request. There is also skate skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking. Cross country packages include trail pass, equipment rental and an optional introductory lesson. Visit the website to sign up online. (209) 258-7248.

Northstar California Cross Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center

Group and private lessons are available for both adults and kids. Bring your own gear, or rent top-of-the-line equipment. Take your experience to the next level by booking a tour with a private guide to see the best trails and breathtaking views. Fat tire bikes also available. (530) 562-3270.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Area

We offer private lessons, child group and adult group lessons for the beginner and improving skier. We suggest booking private lessons and attending our special clinics if you're an intermediate through advanced skier. (530) 587-9484.

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area

Learn the basics of safely gliding, turning, and stopping in a supportive group atmosphere. Our lesson packages include a 1-hour group (or private) lesson, equipment rental, and trail pass. Lessons available for youth through seniors. (530) 583-5475.

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