As many of you already know, January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard month--and there's something to be had for both first timers and experienced skiers and snowboarders. Last season, I took part in this program (which involved skiing with never-ever friends) and was named Ambassador of the Year (more on that below).
For First-Time Skiers
Across the US, there are numerous deals to be had for people interested in hitting the slopes for the first time. Many resorts offer both rental & lesson deals through January, so don't miss out on the chance to save a little money while expanding your on-slope posse.
For Experienced Skiers
If you already know how to ski--you may get just as much out of the program. Bring your friends and share a photo of them on the slopes (use the tag #firstdayfaces) to get in the running for weekly prizes (awarded until Feb. 24th). Check out the FirstDayFaces page for more info.
You can also enter the Bring a Friend challenge to win even more prizes. Bring your friends, help them sign up for lessons, and enter the Bring a Friend challenge (which runs until Feb. 28th).
My Own Experience
I got a late start last year when I decided to introduce my eight-year-old daughter to skiing in mid-January. It had been over 10 years since I had skied. While doing some research before that first trip, I found the Learn to Ski & Snowboard website and decided to enter the Bring a Friend challenge.
After that first day on the slopes, my daughter was hooked, and the fire was re-lit for me. Oh, and I also won the weekly contest and a really cool Armada jacket.
At that point, I couldn't stop talking about skiing--and the invitations followed. I'm going skiing anyway, might as well take some friends! I became a Snow Sports Ambassador, and I was lucky enough to be named Ambassador of the Year at the end of the season. Last season's prizes included a pair of Head Skis & Tyrolia bindings, a North Face jacket, Falke ski socks, a seasons pass to my "local" resort (Paoli Peaks)--and a trip to Utah!
The family heads to Utah this week to stay in Park City, so I'll do my best to take some photos to share here. My five-year-old son should make a great FirstDayFaces photo!
Needless to say, I highly recommend taking part!