I was practically born on skis. My father drove the high school ski bus to Bridger Bowl every Saturday and in return he received free lift tickets (and bus rides) for his family. I think I started riding the bus before I was three. It was how we spent our weekends. I now understand how fortunate I was to learn to ski at such a young age. But it doesn't matter how old you are. You are never too old to learn to ski/snowboard.
January is Learn a Snowsport month and resorts all around the country are offering great deals for you to get out and learn to ski/snowboard or improve your skills. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is a national initiative that began in 2008 and has grown to 33 states and over 300 resorts participating. The program strives to make learning skiing and snowboarding easy, accessible and affordable for children and adults. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month has challenged everyone to get out and exercise this year with the theme “Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate." I know too many people who live within 30 minutes of some of the world's best resorts who have never learned to ski/snowboard and hate the snow. I always tell them to learn to ski/snowboard. It will make them excited for the snow!
I think one of the best Learn a Snowsports program is Park City Mountain Resort's StartNOW program (I might be a bit biased). It provides Utah residents who have never skied or snowboarded before with five days of lift tickets, lessons and equipment rentals - all for $40 a day! (Participants must pre-register for all five days.) This is the fourth season for StartNOW and I've seen people in their 70s learn to ski.
If you know someone who has always wanted to learn to ski/snowboard or even just try something new tell them to check out what resorts near them are offering for Learn a Snowsport month. Now is the time to get out and enjoy the snow! You're never too old to ride the ski bus.
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