January has been proclaimed Learn A Snow Sport Month and Mt. Hood Meadows is offering many affordable packages for new adventurers trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time. The offer is part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a national effort organized by the snow sports industry to get family and friends outside in the winter.
Meadows has the largest ski school in Oregon, with certified professionals and a vast amount of experience in introducing New Adventurers to skiing and snowboarding. The resort’s “Buttercup” beginner chairlift services the gradual terrain where first time lessons are conducted. Meadows also has Mt. Hood’s only enclosed over the conveyer called “The Ballroom Carpet” which gives new adventurers a fun uphill experience. Most ski areas rely on the traditional “rope tow” which tend to wear out beginners being pulled up the hill.
"Snow sports are fun and easier to learn than many people think," said Dave Tragethon, Meadows Executive Director of Communications. "You can burn a lot of calories, meet some terrific people and have an experience that can be shared among friends and family.”
Includes three days – lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. First two days include Buttercup beginner lift ticket, third day is an all mountain lift. Any three days, no reservations required.
3 Time Night Passport - $99 (age 13 and older)
Includes three evenings – 3 – 9 PM lift tickets, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. First two evenings include Buttercup beginner lift ticket, third evening is an all night operating lift. Any three nights (Wednesday – Sunday evenings), no reservations required.
One Day Beginner Package - $75 at the ski resort (age 13 and older)
Includes a Buttercup beginner lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals. This package can be purchased online in advance for $65.
A second two hour lesson can be added for just $20 more.
Night Beginner Package - $50 (age 13 and older, offered Wednesday – Sunday Evenings)
Includes a Buttercup 3 – 9 PM beginner lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals.
Twilight Kids Club is offered Saturdays and Sundays. Parents receive 1 free adult 3pm – close lift ticket for each child enrolled in Twilight Club. Kids are supervised from 3 PM – 7 PM with a two hour on snow lesson offered in between. Dinner is included for the kids. Equipment rentals are just $15 for kids in the Club.
Mt. Hood Meadows offers kids lessons every day - presented in 2 hour (half day) or 4 hour (full day) formats. Kids are grouped together by age and ability and coached by our best PSIA Certified Instructors.
LEARN A SNOW SPORT MONTH
January 2013 marks the fifth year for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). Ski and snowboard areas throughout the U.S. offer special programs for children and adults who want to learn a snow sport. Programs vary in make-up and cost. Some are free and most are discounted during January.
A typical learning package consists of a lift ticket, equipment rentals and lessons from a professional instructor generally at a reduced cost and, in some cases, free. Retailers also may offer opportunities for newcomers to learn basic information needed for a quality on-snow experience such as how to dress for outdoor winter activity and what equipment is appropriate for someone starting out.
The www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org Web site helps newcomers locate venues in their local communities or elsewhere where learning programs take place. The site also includes information and links intended to help newcomers learn more about the world of snow sports.
A new program called Bring a Friend encourages current skiers and snowboarders to bring friends or family members to a local venue and help them sign up for lessons from professional instructors. The national Bring a Friend Challenge offers incentives, including product prizes and trips, for both current participants and newcomers. The national Challenge starts in December and runs until March 17, 2013. Details are available at www.bringafriend.org. Trips will be awarded at the end of the Challenge and are for the 2013-14 season. They include four-day packages for two to Sun Valley in Idaho, Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons in Utah and Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Bring a Friend are supporters of the Let’s Move initiative and the President’s Challenge, two programs designed to encourage activity and good nutritional practices – particularly among our youth.