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Deals and Prizes during Learn To Ski & Snowboard Month - January 2015 [A Beginner Zone thread]

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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).

 

Learn to Ski & Snowboard Deals (Lower Midwest)

 

Across the US, there are numerous deals to be had for people interested in hitting the slopes for the first time. Here are a few of the deals at resorts in my general area:

 

Paoli Peaks (Southern Indiana): $45 Equipment Rental & Snow Pass (for Discovery Zone only) during weekends in January. Upgrade to a full lift ticket when you're ready to explore the trails. Click here for more info.

 

Hidden Valley (St. Louis Area): $69 Online Only - Adult Snow Pass, Rentals, & Ski Lesson. Click here for more info.

 

Perfect North Slopes (Cincinnati Area): No deal listed for LSSM, but an Introductory Ski or Snowboard lesson is included with lift-ticket purchase. Click here for more info.

 

Learn to Ski & Snowboard Deals (Utah)

 

Ski Utah: Ski Utah is a HUGE supporter of the Learn to Ski & Snowboard program. Check out their LSSM page for a whole list of Utah resorts with lesson, rental, and package deals for first timers.

 

Take a First Timer, Win Some Stuff

 

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!

 

Needless to say, I highly recommend taking part!

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Originally Posted by Tactical Speed View Post
 

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).

 

[snip]

 

Take a First Timer, Win Some Stuff

 

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!

 

Needless to say, I highly recommend taking part!

Those are some pretty nice prizes!  Does the chance of winning increase if you get more beginners to take a lesson?  Does it have to be a first-time lesson or can it be any beginner lesson?  I have a friend who would benefit from doing the never-ever lesson again but might rather do the next level.

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The deal at my little home mountain in northern VA, Massanutten, is a discount off the usual price for the 4-hour Pathway Program.  That includes a 4-hour lift ticket, rentals (skis, boots, poles), and two 1-hour lessons designed to get a first time skier doing turns on the easiest green run.  From Jan. 5-29, 2015 the price is $59.  That's less than a lift ticket at some places.  

 

At Massanutten, the first hour is taught in the training area using a magic carpet.  During the second hour, the students take a beginner lift and take a couple runs down the long green slope called Southern Comfort.  If someone needs a little extra time to get the hang of turning and stopping, they can take the first hour more than once on the same day.  Pathway lessons start on the hour, with a break at lunch midweek.  Kids ages 7 and up can do the Pathway Program.  Adults and kids are usually taught separately.  Check the website for details and exact times.

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For people in eastern MA or Maine . . .

 

Sunday River is offering their  three-hour Perfect Turn Clinic, including all rental equipment and a beginner ticket valid for the entire day, for only $29 until Jan. 31 (not Jan. 17–18).

 

I had a chance to ski at Sunday River for the first time in early December.  Boyne has a nice operation there.  With several mountains, my friends who have passes at SR say it's possible to get away from the busier areas once someone can handle blue runs.

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Does the chance of winning increase if you get more beginners to take a lesson?  Does it have to be a first-time lesson or can it be any beginner lesson?

 

Yes, the chances of winning increase with the more people you help sign up for a beginner lesson. Also, it does have to be a beginner lesson.

 

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From the Take the Challenge page:
 
If you are a current skier or snowboarder, just introduce at least one newcomer – a friend or family member – to a beginner lesson or lesson package from a professional instructor.

 

There are a bunch of prizes awarded every week for both the Bring a Friend Challenge as well as for photos tagged with #FirstDayFaces. Prizes include both Trips and Products. Check out this year's list.

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Originally Posted by Tactical Speed View Post
 

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).

 

[snip]

 

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!

 

Needless to say, I highly recommend taking part!

That's quite a prize package!  When is the trip to Utah?  Does the package cover travel expenses for anyone else besides yourself?

 

I noticed there are also "Getaway Trips" on the prize list that include places in the Mid-Atlantic and the midwest.

 

Fabulous Getaway Trips
 
post #7 of 9

Just discovered that the Head Total Joy is one of the prizes.  Too bad the friend I'm with this weekend got past the beginner stage last season. ;)

 

http://learntoskiandsnowboard.org/take-the-challenge/prizes/products/a-m/2014-10-03-22-14-59/head-total-joy-skis

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Check out this short video about the Ski Utah trip that I won. It provides some info about what was included (sorry for the late reply, Marznc).

 

 

This year's prizes are a bit different than last year, and I expect it to change a bit from year to year. Here's the story about the 2015 Ambassador of the Year, who won the Bring a Friend contest.

 

The FirstDayFaces winner actually wins the trip to Utah this year, which includes airfare, lodging (in SLC this time), and lift tickets to the Cottonwood Canyon resorts (can't recall which ones). This winner has not yet been announced, but I'll try to post the info here after the announcement.

 

These are a winnable contests so keep them in mind for next season!

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The Good News?   Somebody won a Ski Utah trip today!

 

The Bad News?    It wasn't me.  :)

 

The winner of the FirstDayFaces photo contest was just announced.

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