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Friday, October 21, 2011

Utah Resorts Offer Innovative Programs To Help People Learn To Ski

Utah ski resorts offer some of the best snow and terrain on earth and so we attract many advanced skiers. But our resorts also offer plenty of opportunity for less experienced enthusiasts. And many resorts are reaching out to help people who have never skied or snowboarded learn to enjoy those sports.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about such programs. Below is a summary. Read the complete article for details.

Utah students in 5th and 6th grades can purchase a low-cost permit and ski at all Utah resorts.

A similar program allows adult residents to purchase a $499 pass and ski at all 14 Utah resorts.

Park City Mountain Resort offers the popular StartNow program. It allows people to sign up for five sessions, which includes ski or snowboard rental, lift access and an afternoon lesson.

“The resort also is making the transition for new skiers and boarders a little easier with a dedicated learning zone with two conveyor lifts.”

Deer Valley has made an effort to better serve beginners by redesigning the Wide West run and installing three conveyor lifts.

“We were trying to make it a little less intimidating for first-time and beginner skiers,” said Deer Valley spokeswoman Emily Summers. “Ski schoolers can come right out of the lodge and get on a conveyor right there.”

Snowbird offers a unique program where participants pay for low-cost lessons and, if interested, can graduate to more advanced lessons and eventually receive a season ski pass.

“Riders looking for snowboard-specific beginner lessons may want to check out Burton’s national Learn to Ride program. Canyons, Brighton, Park City Mountain and Powder Mountain resorts all offer the LTR lessons. The Utah lessons usually are reserved for adults and typically run $99 for a day of lessons, lifts and rental.”

Utah’s resorts also offer special deals during the National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, held in January.

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