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Squaw, Alpine host reduced rate learn to ski days this month

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This January, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are celebrating National Learn to Ski and Ride Month by offering four $39 Learn to Ski and Snowboard Days. For just $39, adult first-time skiers and snowboarders can get a half-day lesson, beginner lift ticket and equipment rentals for just $39. This year’s $39 Learn to Ski and Snowboard Days are Saturday and again Jan. 26 at Squaw Valley and Sunday and again Jan. 27 at Alpine Meadows.

First-time skiers and riders will have the choice between a morning or an afternoon adult group lesson as part of the $39 Learn to Ski and Snowboard package. Morning lessons will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and afternoon lessons will run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Beginners can sign up for the $39 Learn to Ski and Snowboard package in the Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows rental shops on the designated Learn to Ski and Snowboard Days.

For those who find they are hooked after just one lesson, there is the option to upgrade to get the additional two days of the Three-Day Progression Package for just $160. The Progression Package includes a total of three days of lessons, lift tickets, rental equipment and a learn-to-turn guarantee for ages 13 and older. Lessons can be taken consecutively or spread throughout the season. Without upgrading, this package is offered daily throughout the season for just $299.

With the marketing mantra of “Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate,” the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month advocacy group works with the major players in the industry including most major resorts, National Ski Area Association, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, Snowsports Industry Association, Professional Ski Instructors of America, National Ski Patrol, U.S. Forest Service and many more. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month was started in 2009 when resort associations in just a couple of states decided to launch their state-wide programs. Now, more than 300 ski areas, resorts and Nordic centers offer special learning programs during January.

In some states, learning programs for cross country skiing and snowshoeing are also offered as part of the initiative. For information, please visit http://www.SkiandSnowboardMonth.org.

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