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Ski resorts offer deals for beginners


Silver Mountain ski instructor Diane LeBlanc, right, talks with Jim Gregory, second from right, of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Blaine Miller, third from right, of Maine, Thursday. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Silver Mountain ski instructor Diane LeBlanc, right, talks with Jim Gregory, second from right, of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Blaine Miller, third from right, of Maine, Thursday. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

WINTER SPORTS — Cheap “Learn to ski and snowboard” packages are being offered this month at Silver Mountain, 49 Degrees North, Mt. Spokane and Lookout Pass.

Check out the EZ Ski and Ride 1-2-3 packages, which includes three lift tickets, three rentals, and three
lessons. Cost: $89 - $139, depending on the mountain.

The promotion is being offered by resorts in 30 states. Read on to see the specific offerings from Inland Northwest ski and snowboard resorts.

Following are Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month offerings from each Ski the NW Rockies resorts during the month of January. Complete information on lessons and other programs is available on www.skinwrockies.com.

  • Lookout Pass: Lookout’s nationally recognized Free Ski School for Kids, ages 6-17, is offered every Saturday morning beginning January 8th.  Beginner sessions start at 10 a.m. and intermediate through expert lessons begin at 11:30 a.m. Lookout’s Snow Bus for adults and children will operate Saturdays from January 8th through March 12th. Check Lookout’s website for departure times and locations.
  • 49º North: Try the “Learn to” package for $59. The package includes a 1 ½ hour group lesson, rental equipment, and a Chair 3 lift ticket that will access beginner and novice terrain. Group lessons are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.  A special on Private Lesson Sessions is available during the month of January – purchase four of the same private lesson products and get the fifth for free.
  • Silver Mountain Resort:  Silver’s “Never Ever” Package is $70and includes rental equipment, 1 ½ hour group lesson and a beginner area lift ticket. Lesson begins daily at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. on weekends. 
  • Mt. Spokane: Mt. Spokane’s “Never Ever” Package includes an all-day lift ticket for Chair 5 (beginner hill), a 2-hour group lesson and all-day rentals for $69. Lessons being daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Packages purchased Wednesday through Saturday also include a night skiing session. Purchase a Never Ever Package in January and receive a Mt. Spokane collector’s pin.



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