Learn to conquer the mountains

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Those looking for last-minute New Year’s resolutions to add to their list of cutting down sweets and improving gym attendance are in for great news.

January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and resorts all over Utah are bundling their ticket prices and equipment rentals and offering discounted ski and snowboard lessons for those eager to take part in one of the world’s most popular winter hobbies.

Ski Utah hopes this initiative will encourage those looking to learn but hesitant due to the expensive nature of the sport.

“I don’t really consider myself a sports person, but I tried snowboarding once and loved it,” said Kendra Sherman, a junior from The Woodlands, Texas, studying piano performance. “Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to keep doing, largely because of how expensive it is.”

According to Ski Utah, these packages offer eager beginners all they need to get the most of their new mountain experience at a great price.

Another concern voiced by many is the lack of snow. At first glance, the absence of white, fluffy snow may seem discouraging and counterproductive to skiing and snowboarding, but Ski Utah says differently.

“You don’t need lots of snow or powder when learning to ski or snowboard. These warm temperatures are ideal conditions for beginners and could encourage even more people to get out,” said Jessica Kunzer, director of Communications for Ski Utah.

National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is now in its fourth year and providing children and adults with a healthy pastime that will keep them active throughout the winter months. Last year more than 75,000 lessons were offered and Ski Utah is hoping for another successful season.

Those interested in learning more about which resorts are participating, and what is available, can check out Ski Utah’s website, skiutah.com.

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