January is Learn a Snow Sports Month, a national campaign to promote the pure fun, enjoyment and fitness advantages of taking up skiing or snowboarding. January 2015 marks the sixth year for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). Mt. Hood Meadows has participated from the beginning, and is an industry leader and innovator in developing and presenting beginner experiences.
Meadows has ski and snowboard packages for all ages that combine lift access with professional instruction and high quality equipment rentals. There are one day, or even one evening packages; three time day and evening packages, and new this season, the Southside Pass package.
The Southside Season Pass provides season long access to four of the resort’s lifts - Buttercup, Easy rider, Daisy and Vista Express - plus the Ballroom Carpet covered conveyer in the Fun Zone. The season pass is $289 - but for just $10 more, Meadows will add unlimited equipment rentals and three 2 hour lessons. This package is for ages 13 and older.
The Southside Pass Package will be especially attractive to lower level or first timers, according to Ski and Snowboard School Director Chris Kastner, who notes, "Most of the beginners we teach are ready to move beyond the Buttercup lift by their second day in a lesson. This Southside Pass allows them to progress at their own rate, opening up intermediate and even more advanced terrain. We expect to see tremendous progression and advancement thanks to this innovative product." The Southside Pass package for ages 4 - 12 that includes unlimited equipment rentals and three lessons is $349. The additional price is due to the guaranteed smaller class size for our younger guests.
The innovative design of the Southside Pass is made possible by the RFID gate technology Meadows installed three seasons ago. The pass carries the access to those specific lifts, so passholders can easily and conveniently board the lifts included in the package.
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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.
LASSM Mt. Hood Meadows
3 Time Passport - $139 (age 13 and older)
Includes three days – Southside lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. Any three days, no reservations required.
3 Time Night Passport - $99 (age 13 and older)
Includes three evenings – 3 – 9 PM Southside lift tickets, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. Any three nights (Wednesday – Sunday evenings), no reservations required.
One Day Beginner Package - $75 at the ski resort (age 13 and older)
Includes a Southside lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals. Purchase these lessons online in advance for $65. Adult Lessons
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 Southside 3 – 9 PM lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals.
Twilight Kids Club $80 age 7 – 12 / $95 age 4 - 6
TWILIGHT KIDS CLUB will be offered every evening through January 4 and Friday and Saturday evenings in January and February. The kids evening program is offered from 3:30 - 7:30 PM, which includes 2 hours of on-snow lessons and dinner for the child as well as a 3 - 9 PM Adult Lift Ticket for a parent. The price is just $80 for ages 7 – 14, $95 for ages 4 - 6 – (add equipment rentals for just $10) and Mom or Dad gets a 3 – 9 PM Meadows After Dark ticket for free! Purchase this online a day in advance and save 10%.
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.
About Learn A Snow Sports Month
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 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. Details are available at www.bringafriend.org. Trips will be awarded at the end of the Challenge and are for the 2014-15 season. 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.