Is 2020 the year you resolve to learn how to ski or snowboard? January is the perfect time get your start in Utah, where you’ll find discounted lessons and specialty clinics at many of the local resorts in honor of Ski Utah’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Check out a few of the offerings for early 2020 in and around Park City.
For $60, take up to four days of discounted lessons between January and March 29 at Alta. The fee gets you a two-hour lesson plus rentals; you can buy a $25 lift ticket if needed. Enrollment is limited; call 801.799.2271 by Jan. 31 to register.
For intermediate to advanced skiers, Alta also offers multiple options for taking your skills to the next level. For instance, Alta Performance Ski Camps include three days’ worth of instruction where skiers learn how to read terrain and make ideal line selections, recognize specific strengths and weaknesses, and optimize ski conditioning off the hill.
First-time local skiers can take advantage of Deer Valley’s Ski Utah Learn to Ski Clinic on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 12:45 to 4 p.m. The lesson, lift ticket, and ski rental equipment are included in the $49 package, which is geared toward Utah locals learning to ski for the first time (13 years or older; valid Utah driver’s license or ID required).
Skiers with a little more experience may consider the three- and five-day clinics with Olympic legends Phil and Steve Mahre, who design programs for athletes of all ability levels. Along with instruction from the brothers and the resort’s top instructors, skiers will run through on-hill and indoor drills to learn the renowned Mahre Training Center progression; a video analysis is also included. For strong intermediate to expert skiers, Deer Valley’s March 7-8 Steeps and Stashes Clinic focuses on stance, balance, and alignment on advanced terrain.
As of press time, PCM does not have specific January deals, but the resort offers a wide range of season-long lessons for all types of skiers and snowboarders. Check out the Women’s Ultimate 4 Ski Lesson (capped at four participants), Adult Never-Ever Lessons, the Masters Race Program, or various kid- and adult-friendly options for sharpening those skills.
Powder kicked off its five-week locals program on Jan. 4 (a second session begins Feb. 8). Ages 16 and up can get five Saturday lessons for $310 ($195 for season pass holders). The women’s program, which matches participants with similar ability levels for four days on the slopes, also started Jan. 4 ($440; $330 for season pass holders). Kids ages 5–14 can learn to ski the Powder’s 8,000+ acres of diverse terrain by joining the 11-week All-Mountain Adventure Team program.
The $50 Learn a Snowsport Month program at Snowbird is designed for never-ever skiers and riders and includes a lift ticket and rental equipment. Book by calling 801.947.8222 (ask for the Learn a Snowsport promotion). Lessons are valid Monday to Thursday from Jan. 6–31 (excluding Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, Jan. 17–20), ages 16 and up.
Solitude Mountain Resort
Solitude also has a $49 deal. Call and mention the “Ski Utah Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program” to book a lesson for a first-time skier or snowboarder (801.536.5730). Lift ticket, equipment rental, and helmet are included. Valid Jan. 11–12, Jan. 13–17, Jan. 20–24 for Utah residents age 13 and older. Powder hounds should consider the ongoing Hidden Tracks tour (half day $420; full day $675) to experience the best of Solitude’s off-piste terrain with an expert.
On Jan. 21 and 28, local beginners ages 8 and up can score an all-day lift ticket and 2.5-hour lesson for $49. Also starting in January: Meet new friends or bond with old ones during the four-part women’s alpine clinics (skiing or snowboarding) or cross-country clinics, both of which cater to all ability levels. Bring three friends and you get a 20% discount. Or check out other Sundance winter deals, including punch passes and two-for-one night skiing.