You Don't Need the Rocky Mountain High to Learn to Ski


Nov. 14, 2001--Cruising down heart stopping Rocky Mountain steeps is the ultimate dream for most skiers. That vision begins in a learn-to-ski program, often on a gentle slope, close to home. Midwest resorts specialize in beginner programs and count novices as a major part of resort business. Many Midwest resorts have special areas and lifts reserved just for beginners and incentives to entice novices to return after an initial lesson. Check out these special learn-to-ski deals.


Villa Olivia, Bartlett
For $83 you can get a 1-hour lesson for one night a week for 3 consecutive weeks (or Monday-Wednesday-Friday of the same week). 1-hour lessons for three consecutive Saturdays or Sundays are also available for $116.


Discover Michigan Skiing and Snowboarding
Offered at 26 Michigan resorts from Jan. 8-31, the program includes a beginner lesson, equipment rental, and a beginner area lift pass. It costs $30 adults, $20 for children 14 and over, and $40 for snowboarders 10 and over.Bonus: Everyone who completes the program gets a package of special offers mailed to them, plus a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $100 or more at a Michigan ski shop.


Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen
The December Learn-To-Ski or Snowboard Bonus includes free rentals and two free lessons when you purchase a 3-day or more lift ticket. The February Bonus is free rentals and three free lessons with the purchase of a 4 or 5-day lift ticket. Buy Lutsen Mountain lift tickets online to get the best rates.

Wild Mountain, Taylor Falls
Wild Mountain offers FREE basic lessons to all skiers 8-up and all snowboarders 12-up 5 times a day, seven days a week.
Contact: or 651.257.3550.


Cascade Mountain
December 7,14,21 are Ski Free Fridays for first timers 10-older, reservations required.

Sunburst Ski Area
On the first and third Sundays of each month from 3:30-10:00 P.M. a child and parent can get a lift ticket, rentals, and beginner lesson for $25 total. On selected "Family Learn To Ski Sundays" an entire immediate family can learn to ski for $50.

Tyrol Basin, Mt. Horeb
At Tyrol Basin learning to ski could not get any better because it's absolutely free. Starting January 8, every Tuesday night first-time skiers 11-over get a beginner area lift ticket, ski rental, and lesson for free, and the same deal applies to snowboarders on Thursdays after January 10. On Wednesday nights families with children (6-over) can learn to ski together at no charge. Plus, any beginner 11-over can get a free introductory lesson any time with a lift ticket and rental purchase.

In addition to these specials, Midwest ski areas offer an array of niche programs for both beginners and more experienced skiers: Ladies Day, Men's Day, learn to race clinics, night skiing options, and group discounts.

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