January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and it's a great time to get a deal on rentals, lift tickets and lessons.
The best deal for a one day lesson with equipment is $99 (ish) at Crested Butte. I say ish because the special is actually $79 and includes a discount on rental equipment. If you pick a $40 rental package, it'll cost you $20, for a total of $99.
The best deal for group one-day lesson is likely Aspen Snowmass where you can get a private lesson for 5 people for $78 each. The good news is you get an all day lesson just for your group, but it does not include rentals.
Ski Granby Ranch, near Winter Park is offering a special program this month. For $249 you get two days of lessons and a free season pass.
See the list of deals below:
In January, first time skiers and riders, ages 15 and older can sign up for a First Time Beginner Adventure lesson with the Crested Butte Ski + Ride School for $79. The package includes a full-day ski or snowboard lesson, full day adult lift ticket (valid for limited lift access on the day of the lesson) and half off a single-day equipment rental package. Rentals are normally about $40, so at half price, you'll add another $20 to the cost of this package.This offer is available to first time skiers and riders only. Limit one lesson package per person. Advance reservations required. For more information, visit http://www.skicb.com/learn.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is offering Super Sundays in January. Get a half-day lesson and a lift ticket. Adults (ages 15+) are $80 and children (ages 3-14) are $100. Equipment rentals are not included, but are available on-site at the Arapahoe Basin rental shop. Learn more on A-Basin's website.
Aspen Snowmass is offering a private lesson package on Buttermilk Mountain. The price is shocking -- $390. However, you get a full-day private lesson and can bring up to four of your friends/family. So if you divide the $390 by 5, it's actually $78 per person. A great price for a full-day private lesson. Learn more here. Price does not include rentals. Valid January 18 through February 5, 2016.
Cooper is offering a "First Timer 3 Lesson Package" for adults 13 years old and older. The package includes three two-hour group ski, telemark, or snowboard lessons, rental equipment, and access to Cooper’s Magic Carpet lift for $210 (or $189 with advance online reservations). Learn more on Cooper's website.
Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) is offering the Mountain Explorer Children’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package for $129. The day package includes an all mountain lift ticket, all day rental, and all day lesson, with snacks and lunch. Reservations are recommended.
For adults, EMR is offering the EASY 1-2-3 for $129. The day package includes one day of lower mountain lift access, all day equipment rental and 3.5 hour lesson (2 hours AM and 1.5 hours PM).
Loveland Ski Area
All children (ages 4-14) regardless of ability who pre-purchase or complete 3 full day lesson packages receive a free, unrestricted season pass to keep practicing their skiing or snowboarding skills for the rest of the season. Children's full day lesson packages include lesson, lift access, rentals (ski or snowboard) and lunch. Full day lessons are from 10 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. daily. Phone reservations are available or guests can register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am. Pre-purchase price is $336 for ages 6-14 skiers & snowboarders (Includes Season Pass); $360 for ages 4-5 skiers (Includes Season Pass & early drop off)
There are also options for adults. Learn more on Loveland's website.
Monarch Mountain, near Salida and Buena Vista, is offering a two-day deal. Participate in a First Time Group Lesson Package between January 4 & 31 and get a free lift ticket for your next visit. The lesson package costs $139 and includes all-day lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental, helmet rental and 4-hour group lesson.
Ski Granby Ranch
Ski Granby Ranch is offering a special program from January 4-31, 2016 called Get on the Snow for $249. Designed for first-time skiers and snowboarders aged 13 and older, Get on the Snow participants will receive two days of lessons and will ski and ride free at Granby Ranch for the rest of the season with a complimentary season pass upon completing their lessons. Reservations are required. Learn more here. Note, this deal does not include rentals.
There are also deals at Winter Park, Steamboat, Purgatory, Powderhorn and other resorts across the state. Check each resort's website for their January specials.
If you see a deal, e-mail me Debbie (Debbie@thedenverchannel.com).
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