New Year, New Challenge
January is national Learn a Snow Sport Month and Oregon’s snowcapped mountains are the perfect place to get fit while picking up a new activity. Novices and experts alike can access great packages at ski resorts throughout the state. Get that adrenaline rush from downhill skiing or snowboarding, or take in panoramic views of Oregon’s backcountry on a pair of cross-country skis or snow shoes; whichever activity you chose, welcome in the new year on the mountain.
- Central Oregon‘s Mt. Bachelor has workshops and private lessons for beginners of all ages. Just introduced this year is the Ski or Ride in 5 program, where participants get five lessons, a lift ticket and free equipment rental. At completion of the lessons, graduates get a free 12-day pass to get back on the slopes.
- The Discover packages at Timberline on Mt. Hood are an easy way for the novice skier or snowboarder to get started. Sign up for a three-hour group lesson and get a complimentary, full-day equipment rental and a lift ticket.
- In an effort to get middle school students on the slopes, Eastern Oregon‘s Anthony Lakes is offering free lift tickets every Sunday to 5th and 6th graders who take a lesson between Jan.-Feb. Students who participate are eligible for a special season pass for 2011 and accompanying adults get a substantially discounted lift ticket.
- Mt. Ashland in Southern Oregon is making learning to ski or snowboard as easy as 1, 2, 3. Their 1 2 3 program includes three days of lessons with free equipment rentals and lift tickets. Graduates get a Mt. Ashland Slider card, which discounts future purchases on lift tickets.