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Learn to Ski and Snowboard at Oregon Ski Areas

January 4, 2018 (Updated November 13, 2019)
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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 $35 per lesson . 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.

These offers are in addition to the free and discounted lift tickets and lessons offered for kids at ski areas across Oregon.

Mt. Bachelor Kids Gravity School. (Photo credit: Mt. Bachelor/Anelise Bergin)

Mt. Bachelor Five-Day All-Inclusive Package for $249 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 $249.

The program begins January 6, 2020 and all five lessons must be completed by April 24, 2020. The deadline to enroll in the program is January 31, 2020. 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 April 24. Two-hour lessons are offered starting at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily at Sunrise Lodge with some holiday exclusions.

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 2019-20 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!

Timberline Ski and Ride School. (Photo credit: Timberline Lodge & Ski Area)

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area Discover Lesson Package & Discover Pass Offered for $85–$159

Timberline offers a beginner’s Discover lesson package that includes everything you need including a two-hour group lesson, rental gear and a Bruno’s beginner lift ticket for just $85. This lesson is offered seven days a week at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. for ages 13 and up. Beginners will learn the basic concepts of skiing or snowboarding. Reservations are strongly suggested. The Discover package also includes a 20% discount on additional lessons including Next Step Group Lessons and Private Sessions.

Beginners can also take advantage of Timberline’s all-ages beginners Discover Pass, featuring unlimited Bruno’s Chair access plus access to Summit Ski Area, as well as unlimited beginner rentals for the 2019/20 season for just $159. This is a great continuation of the Discover Lesson Package!

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 $179. 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 2019-20 ski season. This deal is offered for ages 7 and up for beginners only and is available starting January 2020.

Mt. Hood Meadows Offers Night Beginner Lessons for $25

Mt. Hood Meadows recently upgraded its beginner facilities with the beginner Buttercup Quad lift added in 2018. The resort also enhanced learning terrain features in the beginner areas designed to assist skiers or snowboarders in making turns on their initial runs.

This season, the resort is offering a Toyota Learn To Ski Or Snowboard Evening Lesson on select Saturday nights through the winter (January 25 through March 7, excluding February 15, 2020). These two-hour evening group lesson are $25 with advanced online purchase for those 6 and older. Participants can upgrade with a night Progression lift ticket (accessing Ballroom Carpet, Buttercup and Easy Rider lifts) for $5 and an equipment rental can be added for $10.

Mt. Hood Skibowl Three Days of All-Inclusive Lessons for $165

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 $165 (ages 8 and older).

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 2019-20 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 ages 7 and older. 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 2019/20 season. The one-day package is offered at $55. The resort also offers Tiny Tyke Packages for kids ages 4-6 including a $65 day package or $175 3-day package.

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

Mt. Ashland $149 3-Day Beginner All-Inclusive First Tracks Program

Mt. Ashland Ski Area First Tracks Program is for newcomers to snow sports. It’s a three-day program with 3-days of lift tickets granting access to the beginner lift on day one and all lifts the following two days. Each day includes 2 hours of group instruction with rental equipment. Program graduation benefits include 50-percent off a current season pass, lift tickets, equipment rentals, and 25-percent off private lessons for the duration of the season.

Additionally, single day 2-hour group lessons are an affordable $50 for those 13 and over with equipment rentals and lift ticket.

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 is 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.

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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.