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Learn to Ski and Snowboard at Oregon Ski Areas

January 4, 2018

Ski areas across Oregon are offering incredible beginner skier and snowboarder packages this winter including professional lessons by certified instructors, lift access and equipment rentals for as little as $45 per day. These great deals are aimed at novice skiers and snowboarders.

Visitors are guaranteed to find the perfect program, whether you just have time for a fun two-hour lesson or are determined to finally nail down the basics of the sport and join the legions of fellow skiers and snowboarders.

In addition to these great deals, newcomers are encouraged to share photos of their first day skiing and snowboarding lesson experience using the hashtag #firstdayfaces. This campaign includes fun prizes offered through the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month of January and throughout winter.

Mt. Bachelor Five-Day All-Inclusive Package for $229 Includes Lift Access Gift for Graduates

Mt. Bachelor’s award-winning SKI OR RIDE IN 5℠ is designed for “never-ever” skiers and snowboarders. This five-lesson program for adults and kids ages 6 and up features five two-hour lessons and includes ski or snowboard rentals and lift tickets for $229.

The program begins January 2, 2018 and all five lessons must be completed by March 23, 2018. The deadline to enroll in the program is January 31, 2018. To sign up, call 541-382-1709. (Only those who are brand new to snow sports are eligible to enroll.) Once participants are pre-registered, simply show up any five days between early January and March 23. Two-hour lessons are offered daily at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Sunrise Lodge.

The reward for completing all five lessons in the program is a free Mt. Bachelor season pass for those ages 6-18 or a 12-day pass for ages 19+ valid for the remainder of the 2017-18 winter season. In addition, those participants who complete the program are eligible for big discounts on future season passes including 50% off the following winter’s season pass!

Mt. Bachelor Kids Gravity School. (Photo credit: Mt. Bachelor)

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area Two-Day All-Inclusive Beginner Package for Just $125 Includes Guaranteed Turning Skills (Plus New Beginners Pass!)

This season Timberline introduced the new all-ages beginners Discover Pass, offering unlimited Bruno’s Chair access and unlimited beginner rentals for the season along with a 20% group lesson discount for just $149.

Timberline Ski Area also offers a beginner’s lesson package that includes everything you need including two two-hour lessons, rental gear and a Bruno’s beginner lift ticket for just $125. This lesson is offered seven days a week at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. for ages 13 and up. Reservations are strongly suggested.

The lesson includes the “Two-Day Linking Turns Guarantee.” The guarantee says that if you aren’t able to link turns on beginning terrain at the end of the session, you can come back at no charge until you can, no matter how long it takes during the 2017-18 season!

Timberline also offers single lesson packages as well for just $75 per day, without the guarantee or extra discounts. This includes one two-hour lesson, rental gear, and Bruno’s beginner lift ticket. You must arrive at least one hour ahead of your lesson time to allow time to get rentals. The program continues through April 8, 2018.

Timberline Ski and Ride School.


Hoodoo All-Inclusive Three-Day Package for $149 with a Free Season of Rentals for Graduates

Hoodoo Ski Area is offering a great “1, 2, 3 & Rent for Free” beginners package. This package includes three two-hour group lessons with lift tickets and rentals for $149. The first lesson includes an Easy Rider lift ticket, and the second and third lessons include an all-mountain lift ticket. In addition, after completing all three lessons, participants will be rewarded with a certificate for free rentals for the remainder of the 2017-18 ski season. This deal is offered for ages 7 and up for beginners only and is available starting January 8, 2018.

Mt. Hood Meadows First Time 3-Day All-Inclusive Package for $169, Plus New Beginner Terrain and Easy-Load Lift

Mt. Hood Meadows is rolling out some amazing improvements this winter for those exploring skiing and snowboarding for the first time. These new features include a brand new Buttercup Quad lift with ChairKit conveyor carpet assist for easy chairlift loading. The resort also added enhanced learning terrain features in the beginner areas designed to assist skiers or snowboarders in making turns on their initial runs.

The resort is offering a three-day lesson including a beginner/progressive ticket and equipment rentals for $169. This package is also available at a single day rate of $89.

The package includes discount upgrades to future lessons, complimentary beverages and the ability to purchase the Rossignol ski or Burton snowboard rental equipment for $299 or to put a $100 deposit down on brand new equipment for next season for $399 total.

Skibowl Three Days of All-Inclusive Lessons for $135 – $150

Skibowl offers beginner skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to enroll in its guaranteed “Learn to Ski/Ride 1-2-3″ program. This includes three visits, each with a two-hour lesson, lift tickets and equipment rentals for either $135 midweek or $150 on weekends and holidays.

Those who purchase this package are also eligible for half-price lift tickets and rentals or season passes for the remainder of the season. The program must be completed during the 2017-18 season.

Anthony Lakes 3 Day All-Inclusive First Timers Lesson Package For $145

Anthony Lakes offers a one-day or three-day Greenhorn package for never-ever skiers and snowboarders. The three-day package for $145 includes one-hour group lessons, lift tickets (day one is Bunnyhill, two days are Rock Garden access) and ski or snowboard rentals. The lessons do not need to be used for consecutive days, but must be used during the 2017/18 season. The one-day package is offered at $55. Participants can upgrade to a two-hour lesson for an additional $35.

Professional ski instruction. (Photo credit: PSIA-AASI)

Mt. Ashland Offers A $50 Beginner Two-Hour Lesson Package

Mt. Ashland Ski Area is offering first-time skiers and snowboarders an all-inclusive two-hour group lesson with lift ticket and equipment rentals for $50. Lessons start at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Willamette Pass 3-Day All-Inclusive First-Timers Package for $139

Willamette Pass is offering a Learn to Ski or Board 1-2-3 program for ages 8 and above. This introductory lesson program includes three days of equipment rentals, lessons and lower mountain lift tickets for $139. The goal of the series of progressive lessons if for participants to have the skills to ski or snowboard all of the ski area’s green runs and some of the easier blues by the end of day three. While all three days must be used during the same season, they do not need to be consecutive.

About The

Annie Fast
Annie Fast is a lifelong snowboarder and traveler. She was the editor of TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine and prior to that worked at the summer snowboard camps on Mt. Hood. Annie writes about outdoor adventures from her home in Bend.

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