Sugar Bowl kid on his way up

Sugar Bowl kid on his way up

While we wait for serious snow, what’s happening by the lake?

Learning, for one. While experts are jonesing for open steeps, beginners have three good reasons for taking to the slopes now.

  1. Lack of experts to terrify you as they zoom past
  2. Lack of crowds to fill classes to the brim
  3. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

The National SnowSports Industry Association puts on Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and North Lake Tahoe resorts are offering deals at GoTahoeNorth.
Here’s a taste:

Homewood Mountain Resort  Lift ticket, rentals and lesson for $49 online, the day before hitting the slopes. This package is a $40 savings, available Sunday-Friday. Homewood also offers free, daily intermediate and advanced lessons at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Sugar Bowl  Learn to Ski and Ride development program for $89-$99. This is a full-day event on both sides of the mountain, even on holidays. With a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio, beginners are sure not to get crowded out.

Boreal Mountain Resort  Take 3, Ride FREE program: Take three lessons now through Feb. 14 and receive a free season pass. Yes, they said Free. Season. Pass. The $129 online-only package includes rental equipment for each 90-minute lesson with a professional instructor.

From now till Jan. 17, Diamond Peak encourages snow play with First Time Beginner and Beginner Group Lesson Packages. The $39 package includes a lesson, rental equipment and an all-day beginner lift ticket. These one-hour-45-minute lessons are for everyone age four and up who have had two or fewer snowsport experiences.

First-timers at Tahoe-Donner Downhill Ski Area receive an all-day lift ticket, rentals and two-hour group lesson for $39, now through Jan. 16.

Learn to ski or snowboard at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 14-30. For $49, beginners receive a beginner lift ticket, rentals and lessons for adults and kids age 3+.

Granlibakken ski hill has a ski school for first-timers and people looking to fine-tune skills.

Aspiring skiers and boarders looking for deals all season long should head to Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. The mountain offers an $89 First Timer Package that includes a two-hour lesson, beginner lift ticket and rental equipment for beginners, ages 11+.

For more packages and information on Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, check out

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