January is Learn to Ski and Ride Month and this year it’s better than ever. This is the perfect time for anyone wanting to take up the sport to head to the mountains. The recent snows have surpassed last year’s totals, and the skiing and riding are better than they’ve been in many years.
Michael Radlick of Cinch PR & Branding Group said that Learn to Ski & Ride Month at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows brings some great perks for beginners. This season Alpine Meadows will participate in the World’s Largest Lesson at 10:00 a.m. on January 8, 2016. Organized by the Learn to Ski & Snowboard initiative, the World’s Largest Lesson will take place at ski resorts across the United States, setting the world record for the largest multi-venue ski and snowboard lesson ever taught, for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Alpine Meadows will offer a free Learn to Ski & Ride package to the first 50 beginners to arrive at 10:00am on Friday, January 8. The package includes a two hour lesson – taught by professional instructors in small groups – plus lift ticket for the day and ski or snowboard equipment rental packages for adults and teens ages 13 and over. All other beginner guests can take advantage of the same package with the $59 Learn to Ski & Ride Special, which will also be offered Monday through Friday at Alpine Meadows for the entire month of January.
Dee Byrne, director of snow sports at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows said that “Welcoming first-timers to the sports of skiing and snowboarding is our responsibility and obligation as a top ski resort. The $59 Learn to Ski & Ride Special includes everything learners need to get started, including utilization of terrain-based learning aka Start Parks™ to ease and accelerate the process. Our professional instructors will lead guests through a fun experience with the intention of hooking them in for a lifetime. Nearly one third of our 6,000 acres at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is beginner terrain, and with our scenic mountain top learning area at Squaw Valley, this is an ideal destination for beginners all season long.”
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will also sponsor the Burton Indoor Physical Education Snowboarding Session at local Kings Beach Elementary, the only indoor venue participating in the World’s Largest Lesson on January 8. Kindergarten through fourth grade students will make history as they take part in interactive snowboarding classes hosted by Jeff Boliba, vice president of global resorts at Burton Snowboards.
To help visitors navigate the two mountains and 6,000 acres of skiing and riding at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, the resort has created an innovative new way to navigate: 14 zones. The zones are comprised of groupings of terrain designed to help guests ski and ride in areas that have the terrain that is just right for them. Zone descriptions include terrain details, highlights, difficulty level, and directions to get to the zone easily. The zones are easy to explore on the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows website and mobile app.
With January just a few days away, prime snow conditions, and the specials that are available, beginners should have an easy time getting into the sport. With professional lessons, low costs for the lessons and rentals, it is the perfect time to explore the winter mountains. Many snow hounds have started their love of the sport during January and the Learn to Ski and Ride deals at the resorts.