Collectively, the Lake Tahoe resorts are offering unbeatable deals during the month of January on equipment rentals, lessons and lodging packages geared specifically toward beginner skiers and snowboarders, with some of these offers even extending through the remainder of the season. Lake Tahoe resorts specifically cater to beginners with benefits such as specialized rental equipment and sculpted terrain, both proven to dramatically shorten the learning curve for first-time skiers and snowboarders. Acclaimed instructional programs also exist for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders looking to take their riding to the next level including women-specific camps and specialty clinics.
Following are highlighted deals and packages being offered at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts during the month of January. For complete details on booking a winter vacation to Lake Tahoe, please visit www.SkiLakeTahoe.com.
Unbeatable Deals for the First-Time Skier or Snowboarder
Alpine Meadows is offering a $49 Learn to Ski and Ride Special that includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rentals and 2½ hour lesson and a savings of $90. The special deal will be offered for adults and kids (ages 8 and up) every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Alpine Meadows January 7-30. Visit www.skialpine.com for complete details.
Throughout the month of January, Heavenly Mountain Resort is offering an exclusive Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month vacation package that includes four nights of lodging for the price of three, three days of lessons for the price of two, equipment rentals and lift tickets. Heavenly is also rewarding guests who bring a friend or family member into the Ski and Ride School to sign up for one of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month specials with a chance to win a two-night stay at the resort. Log on to www.skiheavenly.com for more information.
Stretching Learn to Ski/Ride month to new limits, Homewood Mountain Resort extends its signature $49 Learn to Ski/Ride offer (a $40 savings) all season long when purchased online. Available Sunday-Friday, non-holiday until the resort closes in the spring, Homewood's first-timer package includes a half-day first-timer lesson, all-day equipment rentals and all-day beginner lift ticket for skiers and snowboarders ages 13 and over. Please visit www.skihomewood.com for details.
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe is inviting beginners of all ages to enjoy the slopes with discounted First Timer Packages for adults (ages 11 and up) and discounted Rosebuds lessons for kids (ages 4-10) during the dates of January 6-10. Packages include a two hour lesson, limited lift ticket and rental equipment (helmets included in Rosebud lessons) all for only $44. Book online at www.skirose.com.
Northstar California is offering two options for adult beginner skiers and riders daily throughout the month of January. The single-day package includes a beginner lift ticket, two and one-half hours of instruction, and ski or snowboard equipment for only $139. Guests can upgrade to a Three-Day Passport to enjoy three consecutive days for $279, a daily savings of more than 30 percent. Participants in this package have exclusive access to 50 percent off select condominiums throughout the month of January, allowing for a full day on the slopes, superb après-ski activities and dining in The Village at Northstar, followed by a great night's rest. For reservations, dial 855.663.1350 or find further details at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
In addition to enticing young snowboarders with its one-of-a-kind Star Wars Yoda's Riglet Park, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort offers a season-long $45 Learn to Ski/Ride Special that includes a limited lift ticket, equipment rental and 2.5 hour lesson (valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday). Visit www.sierraattahoe.com for the entire lowdown.
Squaw Valley has introduced a new innovative instructional program called Teaching Tykes designed to share tips with parents on how teach their little ones (ages 3 to 5) to ski or snowboard. The $169 price tag includes a one hour private lesson for both the parent and child, beginner lift tickets for two and child equipment rental. Visit www.squaw.com for more information.
Options for Advanced/Expert Skiers and Snowboarders
Expedition: Kirkwood specializes in expanding boundaries for mountain exploration by combining classroom instruction with on-mountain training in topics ranging from backcountry awareness to avalanche avoidance to formal AIARE certifications. Expert instructors showcase the resort's legendary terrain during daily clinics, specialty camps and guided snowcat tours. For more information, please visit www.kirkwood.com.
Sugar Bowl Resort's Backcountry Adventure Center has partnered with Alpine Skills International to offer technical instruction, AIARE certification and guided backcountry trips to remote lodges and huts. The BAC offers something for everyone, whether it be a mellow snowshoe tour or a insider's guide to the resort's best powder stashes with backcountry-specific gear and rentals available. Log on to www.sugarbowl.com for details.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort plans to include basic backcountry awareness classes free of charge led by the resort's certified ski patrol members in Huckleberry Canyon. These guided tours will run on select days throughout the season (weather and conditions permitting) and combine crucial backcountry education with plenty of powder turns. Visit www.sierraattahoe.com for more information.
Homewood Mountain Resort is offering complimentary intermediate/advanced lessons and mountain tours led by the resort's top instructors Sunday - Friday, non-holiday throughout the entire winter season. These free group lessons meet at the top of the top of the Old Homewood Express chairlift at 10:15am and 1:15pm with a focus of teaching techniques to tackle all conditions, from powder to trees to steeps to variable snow. Please visit www.skihomewood.com for details.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers both one and three day Women's Camps focusing on developing skills across a variety of terrain. Hosted by members of the K2 Women's Alliance Team, these intensive retreats utilize women-specific teaching methodologies, video analysis, supportive coaching and even include a private shopping party showcasing the latest women-specific gear and apparel. Visit www.kirkwood.com for details.
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe's Ladies Day Clinics are now underway and have been extended to weekends this season. The Ladies Day Clinics are for women skiers and snowboarders of intermediate to advanced ability taught by PSIA certified women instructors. Preceded by coffee from 9:30am-10am, the two hour clinic is from 10am-12pm. Ladies Day clinics are only $20 with a lift ticket or season pass. Ladies can also get discounted lift tickets on Thursdays ($29 online/$34 at the window). New this season, these Ladies Day Clinics will take place on Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm twice a month during January - March. Please visit www.skirose.com for the dates and details.
Squaw Valley's Women of Winter clinics are designed to help intermediate to expert women ages 13 and up fine tune their skills and build confidence in a fun atmosphere with 2-for-1 deals being offered on select dates in January. For a full-immersion experience, women can opt for a three-day camp taught by top female professional athletes utilizing innovative teaching techniques and the legendary, expansive terrain found at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. For more information, log on to www.squaw.com.
About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the collection of resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Homewood, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, and the region has some of the highest annual snowfall amounts in North America. The nine resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are conveniently located near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information on how to book airfare, lodging, lift tickets and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and their travel partners, visit www.SkiLakeTahoe.com.