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Learn to ski/board month: Ski packages from $49

Learn to ski/board month: Ski packages from $49
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January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. More than 120 special beginner programs are offered by resorts across the U.S. from January 7-31. Offers can vary by resort and some blackout dates may apply.

For instance, many of Utah’s resorts participate and offer packages similar to a lift ticket, rentals and lessons for $49. Find out more at Ski Utah. The site also has a Deals section for discounts on lodging, ski passes, food and drink, rental equipment and more.

Killington in Vermont celebrates with a $69 Learn-To package that includes a lesson, rental equipment, and a limited Learning Area lift ticket for first-time skiers and riders ages 7 and up. Blackout dates: January 19, 20. And the Bring a Friend offer lets you bring a first-time skier or snowboarder age 7 and up free — any day during the season. Reservations required at least 48-hours in advance.

California’s Alpine Meadows at Lake Tahoe offers the Learn to Ski & Ride special to adults (13+) who are first-time or beginner skiers or snowboarders. The $119 deal includes a 2.25-hour lesson, rental equipment for the day and a restricted beginner lift ticket valid for the day. After a morning lesson, add on an afternoon beginner lesson for just $69 on the same day.

A couple of things makes a ski resort desireable for first timers and families — proximity from an airport and slopes suitable for beginners. There are 10 resorts that are within an hour of the Salt Lake City airport, but the one resort that ticks both boxes is Park City, Utah, just a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport.

Since hosting the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, Park City has continued to grow in size and popularity. It’s the largest ski area in the U.S. with over 7,300 acres, 300+ trails, 38 lifts, seven terrain parks, 14 bowls, six natural half pipes, one superpipe and one mini pipe.

Beginners can jump on the central chairlifts in the town center to ski an abundance of green and blue runs. Canyons Village also has easy runs from the main gondolas and chairlifts. And the neighboring resort of Deer Valley has a dedicated beginner’s zone.

Charming Park City is an authentic and historic western town with a free Main Street Trolley to take in the numerous boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and bars. And a fleet of free, zero emissions electric buses take you between hotels, the slopes and downtown.

Accommodations run from super-affordable in downtown Salt Lake City, plus many ski-in/ski-out choices and adjacent village properties. Check out private Park City rentals on

Hotel lodging for four persons (two adults, two children in a two bedroom unit) ranges from $78 to $288 a night, based on late January through mid-February dates. During the same travel window, a two-bedroom apartment at PowderWood Condominiums, located within 10 minutes of Park City is $965 for four nights. The Comfort Inn Downtown Salt Lake City offers two Queen beds for $346 for a four-night stay, including breakfast. The all-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott in downtown Salt Lake City offers $372 for a four-night stay with breakfast.